Wonderful mountain scenery, traditional Berber villages and a host of relaxing or more energetic activities are on offer.
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.
For a taste of the exotic, luxurious indulgence, incredible cuisine, amazing shopping opportunities, ancient ruins and beautiful scenery, all a short flight away.
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.
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Witness the traditional methods of leather making at the colourful albeit smelly tanneries!
Be brave and venture deep into the souq to explore the many quarters, from food to metalwork’s and ceramics.
Stay in one of the many beautiful riads, a sure way to feel immersed in the Moroccan way of life.
Visit the ancient site of Volubilis, particularly noted for its superb mosaic floors.
Travel by camel for a true desert experience through the dunes.
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.
Visit Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate, famed with producing a host of Hollywood films including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia to name a few.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, 7th largest in the world and a beautiful building.
Explore the souqs of Taroudant, with a strong tradition of local craft.
Take a camel ride on the beach.
Our Morocco experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.
Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.
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.
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.
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.
The Amanjena is built in traditional Moroccan style with high earthen walls styled on the Menara Gardens.
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.
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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