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.
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Our Destination Specialists can create a bespoke holiday in Morocco, tailored to include your dream tours, visits and must-sees. Almost anything is possible, so please call to discuss all your options.
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Marrakech And Essaouira Twin Centre Holidays
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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.
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The best time to visit Morocco is from May through to September. Temperatures can soar in June and August, so it is best to avoid these particular months.
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“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! ”
“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.”
“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.”
Events & Festivals
Morocco offers a selection of truly unique events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites:
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!
Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines with slight European and sub-Saharan influences. Lamb is a popular meat, and dishes abound with subtle spices and intriguing ingredients such as dates and apricots. Here are a few of our favourite local dishes to try:
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.
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.
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.
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