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Morocco Holidays

Only a three-hour flight from the UK, but a world away culturally. An itinerary created around a long weekend could see you immersed in luxury hotel stays, bustling markets and, of course, the views from the Atlas Mountains.

Just three hours flying time away, Morocco is the nearest country to the UK that can offer a true glimpse of the exotic. With several daily flights direct to Marrakech with ‘no frills’ airlines, a holiday to Morocco has never been easier or cheaper.

Perfect for either a long weekend of pampered luxury or a more extended holiday exploring Roman ruins or sampling the hospitality of isolated Berber villages. Morocco is one of our favourite destinations.

Djemma el Fna, Market Square, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakech

Why we like Morocco

For a taste of the exotic, luxurious indulgence, incredible cuisine, amazing shopping opportunities, ancient ruins and beautiful scenery, all a short flight away.

Rural landscape, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco
View of the Basilica, Volubilis, Morocco
Volubilis, Morocco
Desert Camel Shadows, Morocco
Morocco
Kasbah du Toubkal exterior, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Kasbah du Toubkal, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Djemma el Fna, Market Square, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakech

What to expect on your Moroccan holiday

So near to Europe and yet so undeniably Arab, Morocco cannot be classified in one easy sentence. The bustle of the souqs, the clack of backgammon in the coffee houses, the water sellers, overloaded donkeys and isolated Berber villages set high in the valleys of the Atlas Mountains are all essentially North African.

Marrakech, with its charming old quarter, street entertainers and bustling market stalls, is the starting point of most holidays to Morocco. Driving in Morocco is easy and car hire is a perfect way to explore other areas. These should include Fez, the best example of a medieval medina in North Africa, or the small fishing port of Essaouira with its whitewashed walls and turquoise shutters. For the more energetic, there is good trekking to be had in the Atlas Mountains, where the Berber villages are a reminder of a simpler lifestyle.

Explore Morocco

  • Atlas Mountains
  • Essaouira and The Atlantic Coast
  • Fez, Volubilis and Meknes.
  • Marrakech
  • Morocco Deserts

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Tanneries, Fez, Morocco, KB

Leather Making

Witness the traditional methods of leather making at the colourful albeit smelly tanneries!

Colourful Babiuches in the Souk, Fes, Morocco

Visit a Souq

Be brave and venture deep into the souq to explore the many quarters, from food to metalwork’s and ceramics.

Terrace, Riad Fes, Fes, Morocco

Stay in a Riad

Stay in one of the many beautiful riads, a sure way to feel immersed in the Moroccan way of life.

Volubilis, Morocco

Volubilis

Visit the ancient site of Volubilis, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors.

Camel Caravan, Sahara Desert, Morocco

Ride a Camel

Travel by camel for a true desert experience through the dunes.

The historical Medina of the city of Rabat, capital of Morocco, viewed from the river

Rabat’s Kasbah

Enter the enormous ornate gate of Bab Oudaia and wander the narrow streets of Rabat’s Kasbah, a peaceful and picturesque part of the city.

Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Film Studios

Visit Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate, famed with producing a host of Hollywood films including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia to name a few.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, 7th largest in the world and a beautiful building.

Spices, Marrakech, Morocco

Souqs of Taroudant

Explore the souqs of Taroudant, with a strong tradition of local craft.

Camel Caravan, Essaouira, Morocco

Camel ride on Essaouira beach

Take a camel ride on the beach.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Heure Bleue Palais £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Heure Bleue Palais is the flagship hotel of Essaouira and offers a wonderfully comfortable retreat in an excellent location within the medina walls. It boasts a large heated, rooftop pool which provides a magnificent view of the old city. This charming historic home has just 33 rooms and suites focused around a central courtyard.

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Riad Honey £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

With just eight rooms Riad Honey has a small and intimate atmosphere. Sympathetically designed, it has been decorated with an authentic and oriental feel and the simple yet charming rooms feature traditional craft techniques and materials.

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Les Jardins de Skoura £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Les Jardins de Skoura is a charming hotel located in the heart of the Skoura palm plantation. The French owner has created a comfortable hotel in a tranquil setting with heaps of rustic charm.

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Amanjena £££££

  • Morocco
  • Wellness and Spa

The Amanjena is built in traditional Moroccan style with high earthen walls styled on the Menara Gardens.

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Kasbah du Toubkal £££££

  • Morocco
  • Unusual

Kasbah du Toubkal is a magnificent mountain retreat spectacularly situated in the heart of the High Atlas. Near the foot of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, it is only 40 miles from Marrakech but the peace and quiet and seclusion are so complete, the city seems a million miles away. Berber run, the staff at the Kasbah delight in explaining their culture. In addition to the 17 rooms, there is a wonderful rooftop terrace, traditional hammam and a restaurant serving traditional Berber food.

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Villa des Orangers £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Aside from the beautiful decor, attentive service and excellent food, this is the place to cosy up by the fire in the cooler months in Marrakech, with an excellent glass of local wine. Fabulously situated for when you can tear yourself away to explore the medina.

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My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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