Morocco is located on the north west coast of Africa and has for centuries been a vital intersection point of the cultures of continental Europe, the Arab East and Saharan Africa. It is a fascinating place and an excellent holiday destination and offers a wide variety of activities and experiences for visitors of all ages. The landscapes of Morocco vary wildly. There are beautiful beaches on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. There are stunning snow-capped mountains, gorges and waterfalls in the Atlas range and there are rolling sand dunes and vast skies in the southern desert region.
Morocco is perhaps best known for the stunning old city of Marrakech which attracts vast numbers of tourists every years with its vibrant markets, its excellent architecture and beautiful town square - the Djemaa el Fna. There are a number of other cities which are well worth checking out too including the medieval capital Fez and the French colonial port of Casablanca. The seaside resorts of the Atlantic coast such as Agadir and Essaouira are great spots for a beach holiday whilst the Saharan dunes of Erg Chebbi are not to be missed!
When: Morocco can be lovely at any point in the year depending on what you want to do. Why not go in the spring months when the weather is slightly milder?
Where: Visit Fez. There is so much to see, do and learn here. There are stunning market places and fantastic medieval monuments. The climate is relatively mild and the crowds are much less intense than those of Marrakech.
Why: The multicoloured tannery pits of Fez are amongst the iconic sights of Morocco. There are also a number of stunning attractions like the Bou Inania Madrassa, the Merenid Tombs and the Moulay Idris Shrine.
When: Try to avoid the soaring midsummer temperatures if you possibly can. Between March and May the climate is generally fairly nice and the country is in full bloom with lush and verdant landscapes.
Where: Marrakech is not to be missed. There is loads to see and do here and some great restaurants and nightlife. It is also the location of some of the most fantastic souqs anywhere in the Middle East.
Why: Marrakech is a city unlike any other. It boasts stunning attractions like the Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and the Majorelle Gardens. There are fantastic shopping opportunities and there are some great al fresco diners in the vast Djemaa el Fna town square.
When: Head out to Morocco in the late winter or early spring months when the temperatures are very pleasant, there are few crowds and the greenery is in bloom after the winter rains.
Where: Head to the south where you can visit the stunning Sahara dunes. There are many operators offering camel treks and there are a number of fascinating little towns like Erfoud and Merzouga.
Why: The Dunes of Erg Chebbi are absolutely stunning. You'll set out on camel back as the heat of the day dies down and reach camp at nightfall where you can enjoy some delicious cuisine and watch the stars come out!
When: School holidays allowing, you might be best trying to avoid the midsummer heat which younger children might find quite unbearable. The spring months are generally lovely in Morocco making it a great easter holiday destination.
Where: The Atlantic coast of Morocco is a lovely destination for a family holiday. There are a number of options here but Essaouira is particularly nice. There are excellent sandy beaches, a stunning fortified 18th century town and some gorgeous surrounding landscapes.
Why: Essaouira is a great destination for a family holiday. The kids can enjoy making sandcastles on the beach whilst parents indulge in some much needed relaxation. Tours of the neighbouring countryside are available and well worth it and there is some great seafood dining to enjoy. You could also make a day trip to Marrakech.
The Moroccan climate varies hugely during the course of the year and across the length of the country. The North enjoys a gorgeous Mediterranean climate whilst the desert regions of the south a parched during the day and plummet in temperature at night. The winter months bring snow to the peaks of the high Atlas whilst the spring months see the countryside burst into life with lush and verdant greenery after the winter rains. As a general rule, the country is nicest between March and May and can also be pleasant between September and November. The midsummer months can also be very pleasant in the north and in the Atlas range but are quite unbearable in the south!
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What to expect
Morocco is a land of huge variety and a great range of fascinating and unusual experiences. Guests can expect stunning landscapes, be they the parched desert plains, the verdant countryside of the Rif or the dramatic snow capped mountains of the High Atlas. There is a dense and fascinating history to the country with Marakech and Fez bearing witness to its ancient Islamic Period, Casablanca and Tangiers to the days of French rule and Rabat to its modern era. There are gorgeous madrassas, beautiful mosques and grand palaces and there is a fantastic culinary heritage which you'll be able to enjoy throughout the country.
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