• Jamaa El Fna Square

Morocco Holidays

From its mesmerising terracotta sand dunes and majestic snow-capped mountains to the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city medinas, Morocco is an Alladin’s cave of treasures. Start your holiday in the ancient city of Marrakech. Its origins date back to almost 1,000 years ago and it’s a place where the past and present merge. A walking tour through the medina (ancient quarter) is the perfect way to sample the city’s charm. Its towering beaten clay walls and its rose-pink coloured buildings herald Marrakech with the nickname ‘the Red City’. You can admire the wealth of architecture, from the beautiful mosaic tiled riads and opulent oriental palaces to the exquisite courtyards and gardens.

Wander through Marrakech’s main square, Jemaa El Fna, to experience its carnival-like atmosphere. Get lost in the maze of alleyways where the infamous souks (markets) sell anything from dangling Moroccan lamps and soft leather babouches (slippers) to brightly coloured ceramics and ornate jewellery. From haggling with street vendors and getting your hands painted with henna to sharing a joke with a snake charmer, it’s an unforgettable Morroccan holiday must-do.

Explore Morocco’s natural beauty

After leaving the bright colours and oriental scents of the cosmopolitan Marrakech, you can find solace and sanctuary in the snow-capped surrounding High Atlas mountains. This is the tallest mountain range in north Africa and it’s natural beauty is staggeringly breathtaking. Experience the Todra Gorge’s rusty red deep-sided canyon, stand at the bottom of the impossibly high cascading waterfalls at Ouzoud Falls or discover the warm hospitality of the rural Berber tribes. Whether you fancy snow sports in the winter or hiking the well-trodden nomadic trails in the summer, Morocco’s High Atlas mountains offers unforgettable holiday memories. 

Another holiday must-see is to the pretty coastal port of Essaouira. It’s strong trade winds makes the city’s crescent sandy beach a windsurfing and surfing hotspot. Meander along the palm-lined avenues and spice-scented lanes of the fortified medina. Peruse the boutiques and many art galleries and explore its delightful harbour. Marvel at the artisan skills of the craftsman making the traditional boats and look out for the fishermen fixing their nets on the shores. It’s a perfect place to get lost in and discover this atmospheric port’s secret world.

From camel trekking through the desert, sipping peppermint tea and people watching on Marrakech’s rooftop cafes to hiking up North Africa’s largest mountain, a holiday to Morocco offers a kaleidoscope of unique experiences. Why not consider a multi-centre stay within Morocco, travelling between Marrakech and Essaouira, whilst including a visit to the Atlas Mountains? Whatever you’re looking for, call our Destination Specialists who can help create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch the world go by from a rooftop cafe in Marrakech, while sipping sweet peppermint tea and enjoying a tasty pastry
  • Take a road trip along the hairpin bends of Tizi n’ Test Pass. Cutting straight through the High Atlas mountains the scenic panoramic vistas are breathtaking
  • Visit the rusty red Mud brick kasbah of Ait-Benhaddou. Familiar to Games of Thrones and Gladiator film fans - the World Heritage Site truly looks out of this world
  • Explore the impressive rippling sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and enjoy an unforgettable Saharan sunset

Our favourite hotels

Here are some of our favourite lluxury retreats in Morocco. If you can’t see something you like, please call us to chat to our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.

Unique Swimming Pool

Riad Kniza

Morocco

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Riad Kniza
Hotel Restaurant

Dar L'Oussia

Essaouira

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Dar L'Oussia
Sultane Room

Les Jardins de la Medina

Marrakech

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Guide Price

 £449  pp

Les Jardins de la Medina
Unique Swimming Pool

Kasbah Tamadot

Atlas Mountains

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,569  pp

Kasbah Tamadot

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approx. three hours and 30 minutes. Direct flights are available with British Airways and Easyjet from London Gatwick to Marrakech. Royal Air Maroc fly daily to Casablanca from London. Easyjet also offer a service into Agadir from London Gatwick.

Currency

MAD - Moroccan dirham

Visa Information

No visa required for travel to Morocco

Language

Arabic, but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Morocco
  • Zoe, Senior Destination Manager

    Zoe

    Senior Destination Manager

    “Take a road trip along the  Tizi n’ Test Pass. This breathtaking scenic drive through the High Atlas mountains brings adventure and beauty in equal measure. Cutting right through the Atlas range, this awe-inspiring drive with hairpin bends is one of the best ways to see the mountains and its panoramic vistas are second to none! ”

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    “Get that real desert experience in the Sahara camel trekking, unbelievable views and exploration awaits. It's worthwhile arranging an early morning hot air balloon ride too, admiring the sun coming up and flying high over Marrakech city with the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.” 

  • a woman smiling for the camera

    Val

    Destination Specialist

    “If you’re travelling to Morocco between May and June, check out the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Bringing artists from all around the world, the festival helps in a variety of venues and is certainly a must-see.”

  • International Nomad Festival

    Celebrating the music, dance, poetry, weaving, sport and other traditions from nomadic culture, this open-air festival in the Sahara is a definite must. You can even join a workshop to gain a greater understanding about the nomadic lifestyle. It takes place every March in M’hamid El Ghizlane.

  • International Festival of World Music

    Every March people travel to Merzouga to celebrate this intimate Moroccan festival. You can enjoy live music from Moroccan and international artists, ride a camel into the dunes, or attend a seminar about the environment and biodiversity. This festival is known for its dazzling sunsets and unique sand spas!   

  • Tagine

    This is a myriad of dishes that are cooked in a tagine, a clay cooking pot with a conical lid. Kefta tagine is a popular tagine which uses beef or lamb mince. The mince is rolled into meatballs with garlic, fresh coriander, parsely, cinnamon and ground coriander. It is then cooked in a tomato and onion sauce. Just before serving, eggs are cracked into depressions in the sauce and cooked. Most tagines are usually served with bread - perfect to mop up its delicious sauce.

  • Couscous

    A fine wheat pasta that is traditionally rolled by hand and often steamed and served with stew of meat and vegetables. Sweet raisin preserve is a popular garnish along with the Berber tradition of a bowl of buttermilk.

  • Makouda

    Morocco is renowned for its street food and Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech is one of the best places to sample some of its delicacies. From kebabs, grilled sardines and pigeon pie to sheep’s head and snails, the street food of Morocco is like no other. 

Our Morocco destinations

Morocco

Morocco

Marrakech

Marrakech
Essaouira morocco

Morocco

Essaouira

Essaouira
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Morocco

Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains
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Morocco

Casablanca

Casablanca

Types of Morocco holidays

Argan Tree

Morocco Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can trek the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The mountains are split into three main ranges – the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Anti Atlas. The High Atlas is the most popular as it boasts Jbel Toubkal – at 4,167 metres, this is the highest peak in North Africa.

Morocco is a Muslim country and it’s important to respect its customs and dress appropriately. Women should avoid wearing tight clothing and tops that don’t cover their shoulders. If wearing shorts or a skirt, ensure that they hang below the knees. Men shouldn’t be seen topless in public. When visiting mosques or religious sites, men and women should remove their shoes before entering, and women should cover their head. 

Although Morocco is a Muslim country, alcohol is available and served in licensed bars, restaurants, hotels, and some shops in tourist areas. It’s important not to drink alcohol on the street or in any place where it’s not licensed, as this is illegal and can lead to arrest. 

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