Morocco Holidays 2019 / 2020
Morocco is situated in North Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The most popular tourist areas in Morocco offer a semi-arid climate,with hot summers, mild winters, little rain but cooling atlantic breezes in coastal resorts.
Influenced by African, European and Middle Eastern cultures, Morocco is a blend of many exciting elements. So, whether it is a sun-swept beach, bustling souks or desert adventures you want, holidays in Morocco offer the lot.
For a dose of culture and sightseeing visit Marrakech. Head to Agadir for the country’s top resorts and beaches. Book a trip to Essaouira for a combination of the two. Still not convinced? Take a look at how visually stunning Morocco is.
Most popular hotels in Morocco
LABRANDA Targa Club Aquapark
Hotel Marrakech le Sangho Privilege
Ona Marrakech Ryads and Spa
Eden Andalou Suites, Aquapark & Spa
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech
Aqua Fun Club
Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay
At a glance
- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 4h 30m
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Things to do in Morocco
Holidays in Morocco offer plenty of exciting things to see and do. You’ll never run short of places to visit during your trip.
Things to do in Marrakech:
- Jemaa el-Fnaa – The city’s most well-known square is brimming with stalls and merchants. It is a chance to see traditional musicians, snake charmers and acrobats.
- Koutoubia Mosque – A stunning site in Marrakech, this mosque was built in the 12th-century and boasts lush gardens.
- Menara Gardens – Surrounded by lovely views of the mountains, these botanical gardens include a man-made lake and a stunning pavilion.
Things to do in Agadir:
- Agadir Birds Valley – This small animal park is perfect for families. It includes a small zoo, play area and an aviary.
- Agadir Medina – Built in 1992, this Medina is a reconstruction of the city’s previous Medina which was ruined due to an earthquake.
- Vallée des Oiseaux – A nice park, fantastic for families. It features a kids' playground, as well as animal enclosures with flamingos, llamas, parrots and much more.
Morocco family holidays
Morocco has plenty to offer when it comes to family holidays, including suitable family-friendly hotels. There is a wide range of national parks to explore; Toubkal National Park is perhaps the most popular. The souks in Marrakech 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.
Top family friendly hotels in Morocco:
When holidaying in Morocco it is important to respect the local culture and etiquette. The older generations are considered far more conservative than the younger generation of 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 wear a headscarf.
There is plenty to be enjoyed in Morocco, from the souks to 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 lie at the heart of Morocco.
Marrakech - Marrakech and many of Morocco's cities will not allow alcohol consumption in the city centres, but that doesn't mean a dry holiday. Morocco still has a thriving nightlife of cocktail bars and dance clubs; your Moroccan nights won't be quiet! Many of the best nightclubs and drinking areas are in top hotels or just outside of town. Check to see if your resort has a hang-out spot, it probably does!
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 the local culture. 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 - Perfect for holidaymakers looking for quiet drinks. You walk down the city’s promenade and find great cocktail spots. Most bars will close around 1am in Agadir.
Morocco beach holidays
If stunning coastlines, clear waters and blue skies appeal to you, look no further than Agadir. As Morocco’s primary beach holiday resort, Agadir sees over eight million visitors flock to its shores each year. Plus, Essaouira is perfect for tourists looking for water sports. The exotic beach vibes of the western Morocco city are perfect for windsurfing.
Best beaches in Morocco include:
- Legzira Beach – Unique due to its red rock formations, this sandy beach is ituated in the small town of Sidi Ifni.
- Essaouira Beach - This long stretch of white sand is perfect for strolls, swimming and also popular with water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing.
- Agadir Beach – Enjoy relaxing walks along Agadir’s beach or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants lining the shores.
- Sidi Kaouki Beach – Near Essaouira, Sidi Kaouki is a lovely beach which includes horse and camel rides during the off season.
- Ain Diab – Great for sunset views and even surfing beginners.
Morocco couples holidays
Marrakech has many pleasant hotels to stay in. These city oases are ideal for romantic holidays or couples searching for adult only hotels. Whether you're staying by the main square, the Jemaa el'Fna, or somewhere further out of the city, you're bound to find seclusion and luxury to suit both your needs.
Agadir and Essaouira are wonderful breaks away from the bustle. Agadir is popular with a younger crowd and heaves with life throughout the days and into the evenings. Essaouira is ideal if you're looking for a lovely beach holiday. Find out the best hotels to stay in to explore Morocco here!
Top hotels for couples in Morocco:
Food in Morocco
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. 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 (mind the snake charmers!) square's food stalls. Why not use our guide to help you reach food heaven in Morocco?
Eating out in Morocco can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Eating in some of the the country’s top restaurants will put you back a good amount. However, you can easily eat cheaply at cafes and food stalls in the squares.
People also ask
What is the best month to travel to Morocco?
Visit during March – May or September – October. Read our blog on the best time to visit Morocco here!
Can you drink the water in Morocco?
It is recommended to drink bottled water when in Morocco.
Can you drink alcohol in Morocco?
Drinking alcohol is disapproved in public places, however it is served in hotels, restaurants and shops. Riads and smaller hotels may have their own rules on alcohol consumption on the premises.
Do you need a visa to visit Morocco?
No. British national do not require a visa to visit Morocco for tourism purposes up to 3 months.
Can you publicly display affection in Morocco?
Public displays of affection between males and females should be avoided as it is often considered inappropriate.