Morocco Holidays

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.

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.

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 white washed 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.

Some ideas for a Moroccan holiday

  • Walk or trek in the Atlas Mountains with Berber guides and donkeys.
  • Wander the labyrinthine alleys of the medina in Fez.
  • Rent a private villa for a long weekend.
  • Travel south into the Sahara and spend a night out in the desert.
  • Self-drive is easy in Morocco. Hire a car and travel at your own speed.
  • Transport yourself back to Roman times amidst the ruins and mosaics of Volubilis.
  • Marvel at the craftsmanship and sheer size of Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque.

Beyond the ordinary

Overnight in the desert in a luxury desert camp followed by an early morning hot-air balloon traverse of the Erg Chegaga desert.

OUR MOROCCO EXPERTISE

We began selling Morocco some twenty years ago when there were two flights a week and one half decent hotel in Marrakech. Over the years we have returned time and time again, watching it change and mature. Katie and Kate have explored all the main sites and much of the Atlas Mountains. They have some interesting ideas for a holiday to Morocco, whether it be for a short city break, a relaxing villa holiday or an adventure combining city, coast, mountains and desert.

Morocco FAQs

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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 stall holders. For a more authentic and less touristy experience be brave and venture deeper into the souk where there are less shops and more local craftsmen working on their wares. 
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.
How safe is the country?
Morocco is generally safe to travel around, although women travellers may find they are hasstled more than men. Keep an eye on your possessions when in crowded places and leave valuables at home.

Holidays

Morocco - Coast, Mountains & Desert

Essaouira, Taroudant, Skoura, Zagora, Marrakech

This holiday idea covers some of the lesser visited parts of the country including the town of Ta...

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Morocco - Highlights of Morocco

Highlights of Morocco

For a first time holiday to Morocco this itinerary offers a varied trip covering three completely...

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Morocco - Short Break to Fez

Short Break to Fez

There is lots to see and do in and around the Imperial city of Fez and with direct flights availa...

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Morocco - Short Break to Marrakech

Short Break to Marrakech

Marrakech is a magical destination, only 3 and a half hours from the UK yet a world apart. It can...

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Morocco - Honeymoon to Morocco

Honeymoon to Morocco

This unforgettable honeymoon to Morocco includes Fes, Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the Saha...

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Morocco - Festival of Roses

Morocco - Festival of Roses

If you are visiting southern Morocco in mid-May, spending some time in the town of El-Kelaa ...

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Morocco - Moroccan Sketching

expert led group tour

Morocco - Moroccan Sketching

Please register your interest for our May 2018 Morocco sketching tour by contacting our spec...

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Morocco - Remote Coastal Morocco

Remote Coastal Morocco

Venture off the beaten track and explore unspoilt desert landscapes and beaches, meet authentic n...

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Morocco - One Week Villa stay in Marrakech

One Week Villa stay in Marrakech

Staying in a private villa has to be one of the most relaxing holidays possible.Relax around the ...

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Morocco - From Fez to Marrakech

Journey from Fez to Marrakech

This holiday to Morocco showcases the highlights of inland Morocco and offers the chance to compa...

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Inspiration

Blue Fshing Boats, Essaouira, Morocco

World Sacred Music Festival Fes

This week-long Fes festival from 12 to 20 May 2017 is full of choices that will satisfy anyone with an appetite for knowledge, art and spirituality. 

Every evening, the palace courtyard of the 14th-century Bab Makina is filled with a sold-out crowd who gather to catch headliners who have included the now deceased Ravi Shankar, Malian superstar Salif Keita, and even Björk. But you don’t need a festival pass to have fun. Sufi Nights hosts free daily concerts in the gardens of Dar Tazi, and Bab Boujloud, one of the city’s main squares, is a venue for free evening performances. The cedar-scented gardens of the Musee Batha host parties, concerts and art exhibitions aligned with the year’s theme. There’s a film festival within the music festival, and the Fes Forum tackles important scholarly issues. During a Night in the Medina, various riads and homes open their doors for you to discover both music and architecture.

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