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Tagines, Morocco

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, Morocco

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, Morocco

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.

Leather Making

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

Visit a Souq

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

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

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

Camel ride on Essaouira beach

Take a camel ride on the beach.

Discover the mountain scenery

Cross high passes travelling through spectacular mountain scenery.

Flamingos of Oualidia

Spot flocks of pink flamingos on the lagoon in Oualidia.

Kasbahs

Explore the many Kasbahs dotting the landscape, some crumbling and some renovated and some the backdrop for numerous famous films!

Essaouira

Spend time exploring the maze of white washed streets in Essaouira.

Berber Pharmacy

Visit a classic Berber pharmacy to learn about the curative practices, herbal medicines and even spices used since ancient times.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Kate Hitchen

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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Frequently asked questions about Morocco

How safe is the country?

Morocco is generally safe to travel around, although women travellers may find they are hassled more than men. Keep an eye on your possessions when in crowded places and leave valuables at home.

Is the street food safe to eat?

Some of the best food in Morocco is found at street stalls, not the restaurants. Eating at busy stalls with the locals is your best bet. Avoid quiet, empty places where food has not been freshly prepared in front of you.

What can I espect to find in the Souks?

Entering the Souks is like walking into an Aladdin’s Cave. Leather goods, kilims, handmade pottery and intricate metalwork adorn the floors, walls and ceilings with mountains of exotic spices scenting the air. Bargaining is also part of the fun and expected by most stallholders. For a more authentic and less touristy experience be brave and venture deeper into the souk where there are fewer shops and more local craftsmen working on their wares.

Can I use my mobile phone in Morocco?

Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in cities and tourist destinations. Sim cards are available and can be topped up throughout your journey; they are a cheaper way to make calls.

What is the international dialling code for Morocco?

212

What is the time zone in Morocco?

Morocco falls under the same time zone as GMT.

How long are the flights to Morocco from the UK?

From London to Morocco, flights range from 3 ½ hours to four hours. The main airport hubs are Marrakesh, Agadir, Tangier and Casablanca.

What can I expect to find in the Souks?

Entering the Souks is like walking into an Aladdin’s Cave. Leather goods, kilims, handmade pottery and intricate metalwork adorn the floors, walls and ceilings with mountains of exotic spices scenting the air. Bargaining is also part of the fun and expected by most stall holders.

Can I drink alcohol in Morocco?

Yes, alcohol is available throughout the country, although it is drunk in moderation and not sold in every hotel or restaurant.

How safe is the country?

Morocco is generally safe to travel around, although women travellers may find they are hassled more than men. Keep an eye on your possessions when in crowded places and leave valuables at home.

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