Salaam alaikoum! When we think of Morocco, it is the buzzing and colourful souks, filled with the scent of exotic spices that spring to mind. We conjure up images of magnificent palaces, lush gardens and white, sandy beaches that stretch far into the horizon. But there is more to Morocco; a depth that goes beyond its beauty and colour. There is its soul, a heart that beats not only in the bazaars but also across its lands, all there for you to discover as you immerse yourself in the daily lives of its people. By meeting these people and by enjoying their hospitality during your stay, you will see Morocco and its inhabitants unveil the hidden treasures that lie at the core of their culture. From its four royal cities to the misty ramparts of Essaouira, from hiking and trekking across the countryside (be it in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains or on a camel’s back in the Sahara), wonders await you, no matter what your choice of holiday may be.
Morocco has so much to offer any visitor, no matter whether they’re interested in culture, food, adventure or relaxation. Explore the winding streets of Marrakech and the ancient palaces and gardens that are scattered within its walls. Enjoy a traditional meal of tagine and mint tea from a rooftop garden, looking out over the city. Travel into the breathtaking desert and watch the sunset over the highest dunes in the world. Why not give camel riding a go while you’re here? For more active travellers, Morocco’s various mountains offer hiking and trekking for all levels and with stunning views, these will be hikes that you’ll remember for years to come. Have dinner with a local family and learn about everyday Moroccan life, immersing yourself in a truly authentic Moroccan adventure.
Firstly, local travel agents know the destination better than anyone else. This means that they can offer the best advice or recommendations, as well as share the local culture, traditions, and knowledge with travellers. They are also committed to providing 24/7 on-site assistance and support from the smallest request to an emergency, where having someone who knows the country, customs and language is invaluable.
The tailor-made itinerary that local agents design specifically for each booking is an incredible service that is not complete until you are entirely satisfied with the trip that has been designed for you, all at a competitive price.
On top of this, there’s the added value of booking through a local travel agent, as opposed to booking by yourself, online, since you will have access, not only to local knowledge of hidden gems and secret spots but all the connections of the agent with various hotels, restaurants and sites. All of this means you will get a totally unique experience, which most visitors to Morocco won’t have the opportunity to experience. All of our guarantee, ABTA protection and commitment to the travellers’ satisfaction make this added value even higher.
There is such a vast range of interesting things to do in Morocco; from history, culture, to sightseeing and adventure. In 10 days, travellers can discover a diverse and fascinating country.
The best time of the year to come is from March until the beginning of May. This is Moroccan springtime and the weather is a perfect middle-ground between hot summer and cooler winter temperatures. September and October are also great times to travel to Morocco, since the weather is still very hot, yet there are fewer tourists. Travelling during the winter means that you may encounter fairly cold temperatures in places such as the Atlas Mountains or the Sahara.
Both Merzouga and Zagora are located deep in the Sahara desert, and offer visitors the chance to stay overnight in the desert, under the incredibly clear night sky and desert stars. Travelling into the Atlas Mountains is also an off-the-beaten-track experience that you won’t forget. Visit the highest peak in North Africa; Toubkal or the Rif mountains and look out over Morocco.
Even in the major cities, there are so many hidden treasures and experiences to find within the winding streets or old parts of town that you can spend a whole day in Marrakech and only experience off the beaten track sites. Morocco’s geography means that wherever you are, even if you are in the centre of Marrakech, you need only travel one or two hours to be in a small village, eating traditional food with a local family and enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.
While Morocco is very safe compared to some other North African countries, it is important to take some general measures of common sense, as with any trip. If you are visiting particularly rural areas, having a driver is recommended, since these areas are not well connected with public transport, and, for the small price of getting a driver, you can guarantee that you won’t get stuck in a rural area overnight. In these rural areas, women should take precautions when walking at night and try not to walk alone.
In populated areas, such as Marrakech, the streets are totally safe; just watch out for the occasional pick-pocket. It is also advisable to dress conservatively, especially if you plan on visiting any religious monuments or local villages in the mountains. Avoid drinking any alcohol in public, since this goes against local belief and culture and will attract negative attention. You should also be aware that if you take any photographs of government buildings, you may be asked to delete them (somewhat aggressively) by the soldiers who guard these buildings. On the whole, Morocco is a very easy country to travel, with few visitors encountering any problems.
Agadir is undoubtedly the best place to visit for incredible hidden beaches. These are secluded, however, and any travellers who visit these will probably need a driver to take them. Drive along the long coast from Agadir to Taghazout and all the way to Imsouane. Along this route you’ll find unlimited beaches, each more beautiful than the last and perfect for families since the beaches are sheltered and free of large waves. Tangier, Saïdia and Rabat are also stunning choices, although the waves here can be large at times. Essaouira offers a combination of relaxation, sea and activities, as well as being steeped in rich medina history.
Moroccan food is incredibly diverse, offering a mixture of Arabic, Berber and Mediterranean influences. Everything is made with fresh, local ingredients and is packed full of flavour, no matter what dish you try. Vegetarians will also be happy to discover that there are plenty of choices for them, something which you don’t often find in other African countries.
Morocco has so many trekking areas to choose from, with the best being located in the peaks of the Atlas Mountains. This area is accessible to many levels and ages, meaning there’s something for everyone in this beautiful area. Experienced hikers will love a trip to Toubkal; the highest peak in North Africa. Moreover, the Atlas Mountains are only one hour away from Marrakech, meaning its easy to go for any period of time; from a day trip to several days.
Treat yourself after a long hike, at a delicious lunch with a local family as you hear stories about life here. Hiking and trekking are very popular in Morocco, this is perhaps due to the beautiful scenery, the range of mountains or the generally perfect weather.
After arriving in either Casablanca or in Marrakech, travellers will continue the journey on to Merzouga. This beautiful area has higher dunes than some of the more visited parts of the desert and it is by far more accessible. Spend the night in a Berber camp in the middle of the desert and enjoy delicious campfire food and amazing music. Reach this camp by camel, quad bike or 4x4 and see the amazing sunset or sunrise that will be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Have a picnic by an oasis before heading back towards civilisation. If you are planning a desert tour, make sure that you plan enough time to see Morocco, since a trip to the desert can take several days.
A road trip, by motorcycle or 4x4, is a fantastic way to reach off-the-beaten-track locations on a budget and you’ll be able to see villages, views, landscapes and sites that other tourists may not have access to. Morocco is a country of contrast and this is seen so clearly on a motorcycle tour, where you will ride through every type of scenery, from desert, to Berber village, to mountain, to ancient city.
Aside from Taghazout and Agadir, there is another highly recommended spot for yoga and meditation away from any crowds. Agafay is a desert area around Marrakech, which is a perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. Only one hour and a half away from Marrakech, you can easily travel here for the day and spend the night in the desert and enjoy a perfect break during your trip.
Morocco is not only a fascinating country with so much to offer in terms of culture, history, beautiful beaches, relaxation, luxury accommodation, incredible activities and unforgettable adventures, it is also incredibly accessible. From Europe, flights are comparatively extremely cheap and the journey doesn’t take 24 hours! Enjoy everything you could possibly want from a honeymoon on your tailor-made tour. Taste delicious food, as you sit in a rooftop restaurant looking out over Marrakech, or stay in a beach-side hotel and make the most of the incredible sun and warm waters. Explore the winding streets of the cities together, making amazing memories as a couple.
While no vaccinations are officially needed to visit Morocco, this will depend on your own personal circumstances. Make sure you check online and with your doctor before leaving to make sure you are covered.
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