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Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Morocco – For The First Time Visitor

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£2,300 ex. flights

For a first time holiday to Morocco, this itinerary offers a varied trip covering three completely different landscapes. Fitting nicely into a week or 10-day visit, combine the buzz of Marrakech with its incredible shops and restaurants, the peace and tranquillity of the High Atlas mountains and the pretty coastal town of Essaouira. Visit these three destinations in any order you wish to get absolutely the right balance for a perfect holiday.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Djemma el Fna, Market Square, Marrakesh, Morocco 1

Explore vibrant Marrakech

The cosmopolitan city of Marrakech provides a taste of the exotic, only a short flight away.

Essaouira Fort, Essaouira, Morocco 2

Unwind in coastal Essaouira

Feast on fresh fish on the seafront, below the white washed ramparts of this pretty port town.

Kasbah du Toubkal exterior, Atlas Mountains, Morocco 3

Rock the Kasbah

Stay in a magnificent mountain Kasbah, visit local markets and traditional berber villages.

Moroccan Bowls, Essaouria, Morocco 4

Shop in the Souqs

Shop for spices, leather, ceramics and clothes amidst the colourful alleyways of the souqs.

Why we like it

For a first time holiday to Morocco, this itinerary offers a varied trip covering three completely different landscapes. A holiday combination that suits all ages with plenty of variety from buzzing souks, splendid mountain views and wild Atlantic coastline.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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  • Day 1 -2
    Marrakech
  • Day 3
    Marrakech - Essaouira
  • Day 4-5
    Essaouira
  • Day 7
    Essaouira - Atlas Mountains
  • Day 8-9
    Atlas Mountains
  • Day 10
    Marrakech
Djemma el Fna, Market Square, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
Theological School, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
Spices, Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech

Colourful, cosmopolitan Marrakech is one of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures images of sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against blue skies. This city is steeped in rich history and where ancient culture is still very much in evidence today. Intricate buildings and architectural wonders tell their own stories while, in the evenings, acrobats and storytellers gather at Djemma El Fna Square – a scene best viewed from one of many terraced coffee shops overlooking the square.

There is so much to see and do in this fun and fascinating city. Venture deep into the souk to find traditional crafts much less visited by most. Relax on the rooftop terrace of your riad, with views across the city, enjoying a sundowner. Explore the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, owned by Yves Saint Laurent. People watch from a cafe terrace overlooking Djemaa el-Fna square. Take an optional day trip into the nearby Atlas Mountains, dotted with Berber villages and snow-capped peaks. A visit to the Majorelle Gardens is wonderfully relaxing where you can see all sorts of cacti and palms.

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Piscine Jardin, Villa des Orangers, Marrakech, Morocco
Villa des Orangers, Marrakech, Morocco

Hire Your Very Own Villa

Situated in and around the city of Marrakech there are a number of exceptional private villas that can be rented for groups of friends or families wishing to holiday together in an exotic and memorable location. The staff will look after everything, including the meals, which are included in the weekly rates. The property is completely private and only a twenty-minute drive from the busy centre of Marrakech. Day trips can also be made to the Atlantic Coast or up into the Atlas Mountains.

Depending on the size of your group, we can recommend a number of villas that may be suitable.

Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Market Square, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Camel Caravan, Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco
Moroccan Bowls, Essaouria, Morocco
Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira

Essaouira is a delightful Mediterranean-style fishing port with a wide sandy bay of crashing Atlantic waves and an intriguing network of dusty whitewashed houses. Bright blue shutters and doorways line a myriad of narrow alleyways, decaying arches of days bygone and secret doorways which occasionally open out of the hustle and bustle of a tiny square.

The beach which, although perhaps a little too windy to sunbathe on, offers miles and miles of unbeatable walking and great swimming – the windsurfing championships are hosted here each year.

Venture into Essaouira and spend time in the main square, drinking in the cafes, shopping in the very friendly souq or exploring the old medina.

Essaouira has a very bohemian feel and moves at a slow pace – the town boasts many budding artists who exhibit their work throughout the town. As well as some great artwork Essaouira is also renowned for its red cedar and lemonwood cabinet making and marquetry work and the famous Argan oil, produced from olives grown on trees which are endemic to this region.

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Exterior View, Kasbah Tamadot, Asni, Morocco
Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Rock the Kasbah

Visible from the city of Marrakech and reached within an easy hours drive The Atlas Mountains are a perfect escape from buzzing city life. Some of the most beautiful hotels can be found in this area. Magnificent mountain retreats, spectacularly situated in the heart of the High Atlas, near the foot of the Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, the peace and quiet and seclusion are so complete, the city seems a million miles away. Depending on your style, taste and budget, a stay in an Atlas Kasbah is a special and memorable experience from the warm welcome you experience from the Berber people to the splendid views and ambience of the mountains.

Some prefer to rest and relax and enjoy the facilities at the Kasbah. Others arrive with walking boots, ready to explore the local villages, nearby hamlets and the surrounding mountain landscape. If you wish to explore the Toubkal National Park in greater depth, stay overnight at a trekking lodge. Take a guided trek, high above the apple, cherry and almond trees to 2,450 metres above sea level for a spectacular picnic lunch.

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Spices, Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco
Front View, Tigmi, Marrakech, Morocco
Tigmi, Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Kniza, Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Kniza, Marrakech, Morocco
Pool at Night, Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech - The Perfect City Break

Escape for the weekend on a short three and a half hour flight from the UK, to the exotic and exciting city of Marrakech. With hundreds of beautiful riads to choose from within the city walls and most within walking distance of the main square and downtown bars, restaurants and clubs, Marrakech is perfect for a long weekend away.

 

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kasbah Bab Ourika £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique
  • Unusual

Built on traditional Berber principles, Kasbah Bab Ourika is perched majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the lush Ourika Valley with stunning 360-degree panoramic views.

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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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Kasbah Tamadot £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Kasbah Tamadot is a luxury mountain hotel, owned by Sir Richard Branson, located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, approximately one hour from Marrakech. With the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains forming a stunning backdrop, views from the hotel stretch across steep river valleys towards forested mountains.

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La Sultana Marrakech £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique
  • Wellness and Spa

La Sultana is an outstanding place to stay within the walled medina of Marrakech, only a short distance from the royal palaces, museums and souks. The hotel offers superb service and one of the best rooftop terraces overlooking the medina. The hotel has an incredible atmosphere and sense of place. Combine a stay at La Sultana Marrakech with its sister property, La Sultana Oualida, a two to three-hour drive away on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.

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Les Jardins de la Medina £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Located in the heart of Marrakech, Les Jardins de la Medina is an authentic riad that has been renovated into a charming hotel.

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Villa Maroc £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

This charming and traditional hotel is made up of four 18th century riads and has a light and airy style mixed with the odd ornate mirror and antique piece of furniture thrown in to give it the perfect mix of elegance and beachside feel.

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Youssef, our driver, looked after us very well. He was always calm and friendly and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. All our other guides were very professional, friendly and gave us a good sense of the country.

Morocco

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Morocco in January

January is Morocco’s coldest month, yet you can still experience sunny days in certain regions of the country with milder temperatures, ideal for sightseeing and outside Morocco’s peak travel season. It should still be noted that temperatures can dramatically change from day to night.

Morocco in February

At the end of the extreme winter months, February will see temperatures slowly rising during the day but be prepared for a dramatic change in temperatures as once the sunsets, evenings are much colder.

Morocco in March

Travelling from March through to May is one of the best times to visit Morocco. As the country experiences an extreme of the weather chart, with blistering hot summers and chilly winters, visiting during Spring and Autumn as the best times to travel.

Morocco in April

April is an ideal time to travel to Morocco as temperatures will be cooler than the peak summer months and the entire country can be explored without extremes in climates in the Sahara Desert or the Atlas Mountains.

Morocco in May

During springtime, sandstorms can be likely in the Sahara yet in the Atlas Mountains, temperatures are comfortable with few rainy days. The climate will vary according to the region, yet it is still a popular time to travel.

Morocco in June

Travelling to Morocco during June is a good time to visit the country with temperatures in their high 20s, but temperatures may rise into the 30s if visiting some of the country’s major cities including Marrakech.

Morocco in July

Morocco experiences a blistering hot summer, particularly in the months of July and August, where temperatures can climb into the late 30s, meaning sightseeing can be exhausting.

Morocco in August

The month of August will continue to bring extremely high temperatures during the day, yet cool evenings, particularly in many central regions. Coastal regions will be marginally cooler; however, temperatures will still be high.

Morocco in September

Travel during Autumn, from September to October, for bearable daytime temperatures and cool, balmy evenings. As Morocco experiences extremes in climates during summer and winter, both spring and autumn are the best months to visit.

Morocco in October

As one of the best times to travel to Morocco, October will experience about 8 hours of daily sunshine with an average of 28°C. Morocco’s mountainous and desert regions can get cooler at night though and it is best to travel to the Atlas Mountains before winter begins.

Morocco in November

The beginning of winter begins in November and lasts until January, experiencing very cold temperatures and occasional rainfall. As November is the start of winter, the climate will be less extreme with more moderate temperatures during the day but cool evenings.

Morocco in December

Morocco will experience chilly winters with some mountainous regions even seeing snowfall on particularly cold nights.

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