Bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco is a country filled with elaborate colours, hypnotising scents and souks with exotic wares. Situated in North Africa, Morocco has a century of stories to tell. Influenced by Africans, Europeans and Middle Eastern cultures, Morocco is a blend of exciting elements. Whether it is a sun swept beach you are looking for or a chance to walk through the endless, dizzying markets, Morocco has a bit of everything. Temperatures in Morocco hit a toasty 30 degrees, making the kilometres of beaches a perfect spot to lounge on. The country's hotels and resorts tick all the right boxes with visitors, and you are sure to find a beautiful place to spend your Moroccan holiday. Morocco holidays are all about diversity while still showing off that irresistible North African charm, no matter which world-renowned resort you visit.
Top Hotels in Morocco
Eden Andalou Aquapark & Spa
Almohades Beach Resort Agadir
Marrakech Ryads Parc & Spa
Labranda Targa Club Aquapark
Labranda Aqua Fun
LABRANDA Les Dunes D Or Premium Beach Club
Al Moggar Hotel Club
Labranda Idrissides Premium Club
At a Glance
- Currency: Morocco Dirham
- Language: French
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 3h 45m
When to go
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Morocco has plenty to see and do. You won't be bored on your trip to Morocco unless you truly want to sit and do nothing. Even then you're sure to find something to do. Marrakech is arguably the most important of Morocco's former imperial cities. It is a city with a heartbeat and life of its own. One of its most vibrant tourist attractions is the Medina. Much of the city descends on the market throughout the day and it is a chance to see traditional musicians, snake charmers and acrobats. It is also a place to shop as the vendors are ready to haggle with you over prices. It is noisy, colourful and authentic Marrakech. Two hours to the west and off the beaten path is Essaouira. The charming seaside village is peaceful and filled with history. The old fort that lines the shore is a beautiful sight for visitors to the area. Add in a few camel treks or a safari across the desert and you have the makings of a wonderful holiday to Morocco.
Wine and Dine
In Morocco it is difficult not to be overwhelmed by alluring scents. Many of the traditional dishes found in Morocco will be prepared in a tagine. The tagine is actually the clay cooking pot that Moroccan cooks and chefs prepare meals inside. From small cafes to first class restaurants, tagines are used everywhere to cook delicious meals. Whether it is beef or chicken, you will find a variety of tagine dishes that will send your taste buds racing. If you are looking for a traditional Moroccan breakfast, try B'ssara. A bowl of the dried broad bean soup which will only set you back a few pennies. Street food is widely eaten in Marrakech. If you want to eat like a local in Marrakech try some of Djemaa el-Fna square's food stalls. Makouda is the prize pick from the vendors in the square. Potato balls deep-fried, Makouda is dipped in harissa sauce. You will love Makouda, but be careful, harissa sauce is spicy. It isn't Morocco unless you try the mint tea. Heavily sweetened with sugar, mint tea is one of the most widely drank liquids in Morocco. It may take some time to get use to the flavour, but once you do, you will be craving it when you return home.
Morocco has plenty to offer families. There are a wide range of national parks to explore; Toubkal National Park is perhaps the most popular. Toubkal is situated high in the Atlas Mountains and offers great climbing and trekking opportunities. The relative remoteness of this region has resulted in the local inhabitants living a traditional and rural lifestyle that has remained largely unchanged for centuries and makes for a fascinating experience and insight into a bygone Morocco. The souks are also amazing experiences for families and a chance for children to learn about different cultures. Meanwhile, camel riding in the Sahara Desert is sure to be a hit with the kids. Book a camel trek and do something completely different on holiday. Of course, Morocco has stunning beaches for the whole family. Enjoy the Mediterranean waters lapping on the beaches as the whole family enjoys the sun and surf. Morocco also has plenty of ancient sites to see. Volubilis or Essaouira are beautiful places to visit and offer families great sightseeing tours.
Action and Adventure
There is no shortage of activities to do on a Moroccan holiday. Camel trekking is usually high on everyone’s to-do list, or, if you prefer speed, it is possible to explore the golden dunes by quad bike. For an entirely different perspective, book a tour of the Atlas Mountains while staying in Marrakech. The range cuts right through Morocco; separating the coast from the Sahara and providing an insight into traditional mountain life in the country. If you like hiking, the Atlas Mountains are perfect. Most treks begin in Imlil and you can hike through the mountains all year round. If you want to try something completely different, you can spend a few nights in the Sahara Desert. Merzouga is a popular area to explore and camp in. Visitors can trek through on camel or speed over dunes in a 4x4. While you are out there, give sandboarding a go on the large dunes. Skiing and surfing are also possible activities in Morocco. It really depends on what kind of holiday you want: snow or sand. Want both? Morocco has it all for your next holiday.
Life's a Beach
If stunning coastlines, crystal clear waters and beautiful blue skies appeal to you, look no further than Agadir. As Morocco’s primary beach resort, it sees over eight million visitors flock to its shores each year. Boasting a range of luxurious hotels, from 5-star all-inclusive elegance to self-catering apartments that allow you to go out and explore that charming Moroccan hospitality, there’s plenty to keep you happy. Framed by the Atlas Mountains and with a thriving city centre, it poses the perfect option for a beach break that also hints at an elegant city escape. Essaouira is perfect for tourists looking for water sports. The exotic beach vibes of the western Morocco city are perfect for windsurfing. If you do not enjoy the surf, you can always buy fresh seafood straight from the fisherman to cook and eat. Al Hoceima features sandy coves and kilometres of blue waters. Backed by the Rif Mountains, Al Hoceima is one of Morocco's most popular beach breaks. If the city's beach has too many people lounging about, you can head just out of town to Tala Youssef for some breathing space.
Marrakech and many of Morocco's cities will not allow alcohol consumption in the city centres. That doesn't mean the country doesn't have a thriving nightlife of cocktail bars and dance clubs. Many of the best nightclubs and drinking areas are located in hotels or just outside of town. For an authentic Moroccan night out, head down to the Medina where you will see traditional food stalls selling tea and other food items. The area is a great way to get to know local culture and to see Moroccans after dark. If you are looking for a drink and a dance, however, you can find it. Marrakech is home to a variety of cabaret shows that serve drinks as you watch the stage. Agadir is perfect for holidaymakers looking for quiet drinks. You walk down the city’s promenade and find a number of great cocktail spots. Most bars will close around 1am in Agadir.
Morocco provides both culture and nightlife to couples looking for an exotic getaway. Night owls will find Marrakech’s nightlife has a tremendous amount of variety; belly dancers and snake charmers patrol the historic Medina at dusk and late-night clubs light up Marrakech’s new town. Meanwhile, hundreds of street vendors take to the city’s square, offering a sense of spice to your holiday in Morocco. Marrakech is well-known for its history with the arts. The city has a diverse set of art galleries and museums to tour. The botanical gardens are another great outdoor spot and allow you to see flowers only found in the region. At night, the city's belly dancer and cabaret shows are a window into Moroccan culture after dark. Of course, Morocco has gorgeous beaches, souks with a variety of items to buy and desert or mountain treks for couples. Morocco has so much to see and do, it will be difficult for you to find the time to do it all.
When holidaying in Morocco it is important to respect the local culture and etiquette. The older generations are considered far more conservative than modern Moroccans. Therefore, it is important to have the correct clothes when on holiday in the country. The further outside the big cities you go, the more conservative the rural residents will be. Moroccan women wear veils and many young Moroccans now wear a headscarf. If you can remember these tips, it will make our visit to the country more enjoyable and you can enjoy the souks, beaches and great food. Exciting and vastly different than other parts of the world, Morocco is an experience all its own. Friendly people, colourful surroundings and fantastic places to visit make up Morocco.
Top Morocco holiday destinations
Wondering where to go for a cheap holiday in Morocco? Check out some of our top destinations: