Magical Morocco Holidays
Famous for its intricately decorated rugs, bustling marketplaces and tantalising cuisine, Morocco is a tapestry of enigmatic landscapes that are truly out of this world. From ocean plains to the shifting sands of the Sahara, perfect Morocco holidays ride a magic carpet and simmer in the heat of cultural Maghreb. Whether you’re shopping in the souks, tramping the rugged interior of the Atlas Mountains or relaxing beneath bejewelled and starry domes, holidays in Morocco will never be forgotten!
With a land that stretches exotically between dramatic mountains, alluring cities and a golden coastline, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Morocco. Its sweeping sand dunes and Atlas and Rif mountains are a favourite amongst adventurers, while ancient cities such as Fez and Marrakech provide endless cultural highlights. Modern resorts sit perched along its coast offering sand and sunshine, while inland lush forests stretch across hillsides amid waterfalls and caves. A country of extremes, Morocco isn’t forgotten in a hurry.
Wine and Dine
Artistically prepared and carefully considered, Moroccan cuisine is amongst some of the best in the world. Its dining scene reflects its rich and colourful past, taking influence from its Berber and Arab background, with expertly balanced spices and fresh ingredients.
The country’s top cities are graced with superb local and international restaurants. In Marrakech you will find everything from French fusion fare to traditional tagines, but those with a sweet tooth should head to the souk, where charming cafés serve fresh mint tea with plates of cakes. Plunge into the Medina in Fez and you will find street food stalls galore, with pavement cafés nestled within Bab Boujloud.
Action and Adventure
The long list of Morocco attractions includes plenty of activities for those with a sense of adventure. Trekking is popular in the High Atlas Mountains, the Middle Atlas and the Western High Atlas, while skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in the winter months on the mountain. If you’re feeling brave you can venture off-piste on the Toubkal Massif.
Those looking for some more laid-back things to do in Morocco can head off into the desert on a camel trek, or into the countryside on a horse riding trip. The Ahansal River cascades through the mountain gorge providing some great white-water rafting opportunities, but those with a real passion for the water should head to the coast. Here you can enjoy all manner of sports, from paragliding and water skiing to kite surfing and wind surfing.
Morocco’s allure and cultural charm make it the ideal spot to visit for a romantic break for two. Whether you are dreaming of lazy days on the beach and romantic evenings of fine dining, or you want captivating sightseeing and cultural nights, Morocco provides you with a place to get away from it all.
Adventurous couples will enjoy an excursion into the southern Morocco desert, trekking through the Atlas Mountains, visiting the phenomenal Todra Gorge and the Kasbahs of Ouarzazate, followed by an evening of camping under the stars.
If you’re more at home in the city, Fez is filled with dreamy exotic architecture and ancient winding streets. Spend your days exploring the souks, soaking up the spiced smells, sounds and sights of this ancient city, followed by romantic evenings in a grand ancient Riad.
For some seaside romance book a stay in Asilah, a charming coastal town with an ancient Medina and a scattering of beachside restaurants. For rugged shores it doesn’t get better than Oualidia, famous for its fresh oysters, its lagoon and its sweeping sands.
Recharge and Relax
In stark contrast to its popular bustling cities, Morocco is filled with isolated landscapes that provide the perfect setting for some relaxation. Yoga retreats are becoming increasingly popular across the country, helping visitors find inner peace in some beautiful laid-back locations.
One of the most popular things to do in Morocco is to visit a traditional hammam. Found in almost every town, these steaming baths are the perfect way to relax. You can even opt for a massage or a scrub if you want some extra indulgence.
You can also find some peace amid the hustle and bustle, with plenty of terrace cafés and bars found within Morocco’s towns and cities. Sip on a mint tea, soak up some sunshine, enjoy magical views, or watch the sun set.
Festivals and Parties
Whether you’re a music fan, a film fanatic or a foodie, there’s a wide array of festivals amongst the list of Morocco attractions. Agadir’s Timitar Festival is one of the biggest in the country, seeing over 40 music acts perform, and the Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival promises an assortment of entertaining cultural acts.
The more unusual celebrations include The Imichil Marriage Festival, which sees around 40 couples saying their vows, and the Imilchil Wedding Moussem, is set up for locals who are looking to trade livestock and find love. For an unforgettable experience visit the Candles Festival in Salé, which sees a parade of locals colourfully dressed and carrying wax lanterns through the streets.
Desert Hideaways or Beach Resorts
From desert hideaways and modest cabins to luxury beachfront resorts, Morocco does rooms in inimitable style. The chaos of cosmopolitan Casablanca is the perfect place to begin Morocco holidays. You’ll be spoiled by the blissful, sapphire ocean, unspoiled beaches and a thriving centre, fantastic for shopping, lively bars and the history and culture of its spectacular Islamic architecture.
Warmed by the hot winds of the Sahara, Marrakech is 200km inland but equally bewildering. Plan a few days roaming the souks and ruins of the medina. The maze of winding alleys is easy to get lost in!
For an authentic Moroccan experience, book a room in one of Fez’s charming Riads. These merchant houses are the perfect base to explore one of the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world.
Rock the Kasbah
Moroccan people remain closely connected to the environment and it’s hardly surprising given the majesty and mysticism of Morocco’s diverse and unique landscapes. With laid-back beaches on the Atlantic Coast, Berber settlements in the desert and a landscape dotted with waterfalls and forested hills, the natural beauty found on holidays to Morocco is hard to beat.
A trip to the medina on Morocco holidays is a great way to dive straight in. Full of carpets, spices, clay crafts and leather goods, there’s a deal for everyone in one of Morocco’s souks. Vendors love to haggle so be sure to go equipped with your best haggling skills. Often exotic, sometimes overwhelming and always unexpected, these ancient centres are bursting with Maghrebi mystique and madness; the perfect complement to the serene countryside.