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Everyone knows how passionate I am for Morocco!

In this post I will share with you my TOP 5 places that you can’t miss. And the best part… YOU CAN WIN A TRIP TO MOROCCO (OMG !!!) with me!

Yes, Christmas has arrived earlier this year and I decided in partnership with El Corte Inglés to offer the best ever gift to one of my followers … a trip to Morocco in one of my tours! Find out how to sign up in the end of the post!

But before that, let’s find out … why is Morocco so special?

For those who missed geography classes, Morocco is located in North Africa, just 14 kilometers from Spain. However, the difference between this two worlds is overwhelming and the capable to fascinate any traveler.

Morocco is a country full of natural beauty, here are some of Africa’s largest mountains, turquoise blue beaches, imperial cities, lost villages on the map, golden sand deserts and a lifestyle that seems to have stopped in time.

Morocco combines Arab / Berber with the Western world, a fusion that offers to visitors a great architectural diversity and abundant natural beauty. It is a country that has a bit for everyone, from those searching for the exoticism of a luxury hotel, to backpackers traveling by ride.


1 – Marrakech


The red city! The colours, the heat, the smells transport you to a magic that involves the mystery of the 1001 nights.  Here the past intersects with the present in an exotic blend by nature. Touring the souks is such an adventure, try to escape from donkeys, motorbikes, and shops full of crafts fascinating for the eyes but not so great for the wallet. Marrakech is not for everyone, but its charm is undeniable. Here you will find everything, glamorous spas, impressive palaces, snake charmers, mosques … etc. Do not miss a visit to the Madrassa Ben Youseff, an old Islamic university with more than 6 centuries and a pearl of the Moroccan architecture. Do not abdicate a mint tea during sunset, or a night stroll through Jemma El Fna, the busiest square in Africa and the post card of this fascinating culture.


2 – The Ouzud waterfalls


The Ouzud waterfalls are the second highest waterfalls in Africa (110m), located one hour drive from Marrakech, this place promise to fill the eyes and soul of any visitor. Take the opportunity to do a small trekking and visit the various view points, have fun with the monkeys on the way and do some fun selfies. If the heat tightens, you can even swim and visit some hidden caves.


3 – Chefchouen




The Blue City! This small northern Moroccan city looks like it came out of a movie, yes… the city is all painted in blue. It has undoubtedly the most picturesque streets of the country and I am sure that the battery of your camera will not last long. Unlike the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, the streets of Chefchaouen are very calm, get lost on the blue shades and the vibrantly colored craft shops. Have mint tea in the Uta el-Hammam square while enjoying the architecture of the city kasbah. Or just relax in a swimming pool overlooking the green hills that surround the city.


4 – High Atlas


The great Atlas, one of the largest mountainous regions of Africa, is home to landscapes of indescribable beauty. This natural and historical barrier that divides the northern plains from the Sahara desert has a maximum altitude of 4167m. Going through these towering mountains is an incredible experience, especially in winter when the contrast of the snow with the palm trees gives a unique exoticism to this road. In addition to the beautiful landscapes, you also travel through remote villages, small markets with vegetables and tasty fruit, rivers, waterfalls, and a variety of ecosystems that make this place incredible charming.



5 – The Sahara Desert


There are places that are unique, not only for their landscapes, but also in the magic they have within. The desert is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places in the world. Here silence is king … “lose yourself” (do not really lose yourself! Eheh) in the golden dunes whose wind has drawn over the years, are true works of architecture. There is not much to do here besides read and relax. Choose a good hotel (the Auberge du Sud, my favorite!) And cool off in the wonderful pool while watching the dromedaries roam the horizon. Only those who visit the Sahara knows what I mean. Luckily I have the good fortune to go there several times a year, and I always have in mind how unbelievable is to wake up in that place.


Now that you know what to visit, it’s time to get to work and sign up for the contest!


CONTEST #moroccowithjoaocajuda
From 26/11 to 11/12 of 2016 share on my Facebook page wall and in your Instagram a picture that shows how much you want to come to Morocco with me … Sign up and WIN A TRIP TO MOROCCO WITH ME! Read all conditions to participate below.

Tour Morocco for 1 person with João Cajuda.

The #moroccowithjoaocajuda contest is integrated on my Facebook page, Instagram account, as well as El Corte Inglés accounts. This will take place between November 26 and December 11, 2016 at 23:59 in Lisbon and is open to all users over 18 who meet the requirements of the competition.

1 – Take a photo showing how much you want to come to Morocco with me.
2 – Share your photo on the wall of my Facebook page ( Use the hashtag #moroccowithjoaocajuda and tag and @elcorteinglesportugal. Share your photo on your Instagram profile. Tag the @joaocajuda @elcorteinglespt and put the hashtag #moroccowithjoaocajuda
3 – Tag and ask your friends to like the photos on both social networks. A photo full of likes looks more beautiful and you give them opportunity to also join the contest 😛
4 – Make a purchase in the travel articles department of El Corte Inglés (any value!)
5 – Send the receipt of your purchase and your name to

Easy right? 🙂



This Contest will award 1 winner, the participant who shares the most original and creative photograph, fulfilling the rules of the regulation.

There will be no participation of administrators and employees of El Corte Inglés Grandes Armazéns S.A. or of companies involved in this project, as well as their direct relatives. All participations made by trademark or collective entities accounts will also be excluded.

We will only validate one entry per profile. Photographs taken from the Internet or offensive content will not be considered for participation purposes. We will only consider original photographs and assemblies.

At Instagram, user profiles must be public so that we can access and validate all entries. You should also follow @joaocajuda and @elcorteinglespt and like our Facebook pages – João Cajuda / El Corte Inglés

Responsibility for choosing the winner of this Competition will be mine in conjunction with El Corte Inglés Portugal, which will base its selection on the following criteria: compliance with the rules previously described and the originality / creativity of the submissions submitted.

The results of this Contest will be announced in my Instagram account – @joaocajuda – and on my Facebook page, on December 12 at 9:00 PM. The winner must send an email to: or a Direct (private message from Instagram) to the account @joaocajuda, with your personal data, within 5 business days of the launch of the results of the competition: Full name, Identity Card or Citizen’s Card number, e-mail, telephone contact. After this period, we reserve the right to award the prize to the second placed.

The prize in question can not be exchanged for cash value.

The prize in question concerns the tour to Morocco on 7 to 15 January 2017 and can not be exchanged for any other date. If the winner can not travel during this period, he can however offer the trip to a friend, provided that the person is over 18 years old.

The Prize includes the 9 day tour package in Morocco. International flight is not included in the prize and must be bought by the winner.

What is included in the prize?
• Tour company leader João Cajuda.
• All accommodations in hotels and riads in a shared room with same sex traveler. (Total 8 nights).
• Food (All breakfasts and 5 dinners)
• Airport transfers (within the program dates)
• Jeep 4×4 transport.
• Gas oil
• Desert camping in luxury tents.
• Activities (Visit to Unesco heritage site Ait Ben Haddou, guided tour of the Rissani Mosque, etc.)
• Guided tour through the souks of Marrakech (guide gratification and entry into the Ben Youssef Madrassa also included)
• Entrance and tour of the movie studios.
• Camel trekking.
• 4×4 Jeep ride around the desert.

What’s not included?
• Airfare
• Lunch and 3 dinners.
• Health insurance (Required – No traveler can start the tour without presenting proof of health insurance for the trip).
• Anything not mentioned in the previous section.


The decision of the jury on the winner is final and the jury will not agree to discuss the results with the participants of this competition (even in cases not covered by it).

All persons wishing to participate in the #moroccowithjoaocajuda contest freely accept the conditions described in this Regulation.

I and El Corte Inglés Portugal reserve the right not to consider any participant and / or participation that is in any way in violation of this regulation.

This contest is an initiative of El Corte Inglés, the stores where I find everything I need for my trips (from suitcases, clothes, accessories, cushions, travel kits, snorkeling equipment… basically everything we need for the perfect holiday, all in one place! I’m already here at home drinking my Moroccan tea and reading the new catalog that is full of news, can´t wait to choose my Christmas treat! 🙂

You can check the catalog online HERE or collect yours at the stores.



I wish you ALL THE LUCK!
See you in Marrakesh 🙂