From dusty dunes to snow-capped peaks, Morocco is a destination sure to entice those seeking a different side to Europe. Delightfully diverse, the country guides travellers through Saharan dunes, lush forests and spectacular mountains, all leading to rugged Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Away from the open terrains, Morocco's cities are some of the most unique and exciting on the continent. Embrace the chaos of the market place in Jemaa el-Fna square in bustling Marrakech, or admire beautiful buildings meeting blue waters in Agadir, where the unspoilt coast stretches for six miles.
With a history as intricate and diverse as Morocco’s, culture is boundless throughout. Meandering pathways lead you through a labyrinth of souks, selling everything from clothing and jewellery to food and fragrant spices, whilst in Marrakech’s main market square, expect the soundtrack of snake-charmer flutes and seller’s enticing you to their stalls. Morocco also holds a wide variety of traditional festivals sure to spark your love for this cultured country even more — anticipate fearless fire-eaters, soulful storytellers and magnificent horse-riding displays.
Away from the chaotic cities and madness of the markets, Morocco’s coastline provides plenty of beautiful beaches on which to kick back and relax. Bordering both the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas, even the beach life is diverse in this North African haven. Atlantic coastal resort, Agadir, boasts a luxurious beach scene with plenty of sunbathing spots and an expansive marina to admire, whilst the idyllic bay in Essaouira boasts some of the best water sport opportunities in Morocco.
From the moment you arrive in Morocco, you’ll notice the aroma of spices drifting through the air - a consistent ingredient in whatever your decided delicacy. Moroccan food is full of flavour and creative with colour, making it ever more enticing and utterly delicious. Tantalising tajine is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike, as well as a strong street food culture featuring fresh salads, tangy merguez sausages and a host of other spice-fuelled snacks — your taste buds will be spoilt for choice.
Medina of Fez
An ancient city and former capital of Morocco, the Medina of Fez is an incredible cultural landmark. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the buildings and monuments in the medina – including madrasas, palaces, residences and mosques - date from the 13th and 14th centuries, whilst the city is the largest car-free zone in the world. Stroll down the ancient streets, discovering emblems of Morocco’s rich heritage, or take the opportunity to visit the world’s oldest university, Al-Qarawiyyin.
The world’s largest desert covering over 9 million square kilometres across north Africa, the Sahara, is sculpted to perfection by the ever-changing winds. One of the most accessible places to visit this spectacle, Morocco can guide you directly to the heart of the orange-toned dunes — travel with a thrill by 4x4 or let a camel take you on a slow stroll through the sands. Visitors can even spend a night sleeping in the Sahara at a luxury camp, to truly embrace this unique environment.
Shopping amongst the souks has become traditional to the Moroccan way of life. Talented traders handcraft many of the products sold throughout the bustling market places, adding that quaint and personal touch to each purchase. Some of Morocco’s most famed souvenirs include magnificent rugs, brightly-coloured baskets and charming ceramics. Concept shops not to be missed include 33 Rue Majorelle, featuring products from up-and-coming designers, the fashion haven Max & Jan showcasing Moroccan-made items that have been sold in destinations, including Ibiza and St. Tropez, and the unusual Majorelle Gardens shop inside Yves’ Saint Laurent’s former home.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
In order to avoid typically long queues for immigration and customs on arrival at the Airport, we can arrange a Fast Track service for clients.
Enjoy cooking demonstrations or join a lesson in the art of Moroccan cuisine, including delicious tagines, at Kasbah Tamadot.
Morocco is a year-round destination, enjoying high temperatures and low rainfall and humidity, but the best time to visit is from October to May as mid-summer temperatures can soar to over 40°C.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Morocco.
British Airways from London Gatwick to Marrakech; British Midland from London Heathrow to Marrakech, Casablanca and Agadir; Royal Air Maroc from London Heathrow to Casablanca. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
From London Heathrow to Casablanca: 3 hours, 15 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.