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  • Overview

    Just a four hour flight from the UK, Morocco encapsulates the exoticism of far more distant lands. The towering Rif and Atlas Mountains proved historically to be an impenetrable barrier to successive invaders, thereby preserving the lifestyle and language of an indigenous Berber population who have added a richness and unique cultural depth to this North African country. Morocco is a mountainous and surprisingly green country of outstanding natural beauty, where the dazzling peaks of the Atlas give way to the silent shifting sands of the Sahara desert, and the gently undulating hills of Eucalyptus and Argana trees succumb to long ribbons of golden sand on the Atlantic coast.

    The Best of Both Worlds

    We personalise each holiday and it’s easy for us to combine two or more contrasting areas of Morocco for you to enjoy. You could spend a few days in the bustling city of Marrakech in a luxurious hotel or riad, before moving to a beautiful hideaway in the High Atlas or a lovely hotel by the coast in Agadir or Essaouira. We’ve highlighted a number of possible two centre holidays in Morocco, but don’t feel confined by our choices. New roadways in Morocco have reduced transfer times dramatically making two and multi centres relatively easy. Simply call our knowledgable reservations team on 0800 047 1066 to discuss your ideal holiday combination.

    When to Visit

    Spring can start as early as January, the summer months are hot, and the sustained sunshine and blue skies of autumn can extend right through to late November or early December. Spring and autumn are wonderful times to visit and temperatures tend to hover around the mid to late 20's during the day.

    Cuisine

    The food of Morocco reflects the country's diverse cultural heritage. The Berber influence remains strong with many of the traditional Moroccan dishes such as couscous, tajine (tasty stews) and harira (hearty soups) being Berber in origin.

    The Bedouin Arabs introduced dates, milk, grain, bread and dried pasta, the Moors brought Andalucian foods to the feast - nuts, fruits, herbs and oil, and invading Arabs brought a wealth of spices from the East.

    Essentially Moroccan cuisine is based around the staples of peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olives, eggs, onions, couscous, chicken, lamb, pigeon, fish and a wealth of spices, fruits, nuts and pastries both savoury and sweet.

    Marrakech offers some great Moroccan dishes served in beautiful traditional restaurants. Essaouira has a number of restaurants whose appearance belies the quality of the food available – never judge a book by its cover! Agadir has a huge number and variety of restaurants with menus offering Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese.

    Currency, Tipping & Dress

    The currency of Morocco is the Dirham and as a closed currency cannot be purchased outside Morocco. Sterling cash can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, or in the resort hotels, and cash machines are available in cities and coastal resort areas but rare in rural areas.

    Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards. Owing to low levels of income, tipping is customary and commonplace in Morocco and tips are readily accepted and gratefully received.

    Please note that as Morocco is a religious country, modest dress is essential; covering up from shoulder to just below the knee when visiting Islamic monuments and wandering the alleyways of souks in any of the towns or resort areas, and swimwear is only acceptable when you’re in close proximity to a swimming pool or beach.

    Ramadan

    In 2019 the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will be observed from around 5 May until 4 June which might be an incentive or a deterrent to people wishing to travel. Some restaurants in resort areas might close for the month, but the evening and night time celebrations, particularly from the end of the second week onwards are particularly lively and colourful.

    Traditional Riads

    Within the walls of Morocco's ancient cities a large number of former Moroccan merchant's homes have been beautifully converted into small riads of great charm and character providing delightful retreats.

    In a country where it is not acceptable for a rich man to flaunt his wealth, riads have a modest exterior. A covered passageway leads to an interior courtyard where silence is only broken by the sounds of a fountain in a central courtyard. Lounges and dining areas, open on one side, are built off the courtyard which is overlooked by the upper storeys onto whose suspended corridors the bedrooms open out, and roof terraces offer areas for dining al fresco, boasting great views into the medina below.

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Just a four hour flight from the UK, Morocco encapsulates the exoticism of far more distant lands. The towering Rif and Atlas Mountains proved historically to be an impenetrable barrier to successive invaders, thereby preserving the lifestyle and language of an indigenous Berber population who have added a richness and unique cultural depth to this North African country. Morocco is a mountainous and surprisingly green country of outstanding natural beauty, where the dazzling peaks of the Atlas give way to the silent shifting sands of the Sahara desert, and the gently undulating hills of Eucalyptus and Argana trees succumb to long ribbons of golden sand on the Atlantic coast.

The Best of Both Worlds

We personalise each holiday and it’s easy for us to combine two or more contrasting areas of Morocco for you to enjoy. You could spend a few days in the bustling city of Marrakech in a luxurious hotel or riad, before moving to a beautiful hideaway in the High Atlas or a lovely hotel by the coast in Agadir or Essaouira. We’ve highlighted a number of possible two centre holidays in Morocco, but don’t feel confined by our choices. New roadways in Morocco have reduced transfer times dramatically making two and multi centres relatively easy. Simply call our knowledgable reservations team on 0800 047 1066 to discuss your ideal holiday combination.

When to Visit

Spring can start as early as January, the summer months are hot, and the sustained sunshine and blue skies of autumn can extend right through to late November or early December. Spring and autumn are wonderful times to visit and temperatures tend to hover around the mid to late 20's during the day.

Cuisine

The food of Morocco reflects the country's diverse cultural heritage. The Berber influence remains strong with many of the traditional Moroccan dishes such as couscous, tajine (tasty stews) and harira (hearty soups) being Berber in origin.

The Bedouin Arabs introduced dates, milk, grain, bread and dried pasta, the Moors brought Andalucian foods to the feast - nuts, fruits, herbs and oil, and invading Arabs brought a wealth of spices from the East.

Essentially Moroccan cuisine is based around the staples of peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olives, eggs, onions, couscous, chicken, lamb, pigeon, fish and a wealth of spices, fruits, nuts and pastries both savoury and sweet.

Marrakech offers some great Moroccan dishes served in beautiful traditional restaurants. Essaouira has a number of restaurants whose appearance belies the quality of the food available – never judge a book by its cover! Agadir has a huge number and variety of restaurants with menus offering Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and Lebanese.

Currency, Tipping & Dress

The currency of Morocco is the Dirham and as a closed currency cannot be purchased outside Morocco. Sterling cash can be exchanged at the airport on arrival, or in the resort hotels, and cash machines are available in cities and coastal resort areas but rare in rural areas.

Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards. Owing to low levels of income, tipping is customary and commonplace in Morocco and tips are readily accepted and gratefully received.

Please note that as Morocco is a religious country, modest dress is essential; covering up from shoulder to just below the knee when visiting Islamic monuments and wandering the alleyways of souks in any of the towns or resort areas, and swimwear is only acceptable when you’re in close proximity to a swimming pool or beach.

Ramadan

In 2019 the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan will be observed from around 5 May until 4 June which might be an incentive or a deterrent to people wishing to travel. Some restaurants in resort areas might close for the month, but the evening and night time celebrations, particularly from the end of the second week onwards are particularly lively and colourful.

Traditional Riads

Within the walls of Morocco's ancient cities a large number of former Moroccan merchant's homes have been beautifully converted into small riads of great charm and character providing delightful retreats.

In a country where it is not acceptable for a rich man to flaunt his wealth, riads have a modest exterior. A covered passageway leads to an interior courtyard where silence is only broken by the sounds of a fountain in a central courtyard. Lounges and dining areas, open on one side, are built off the courtyard which is overlooked by the upper storeys onto whose suspended corridors the bedrooms open out, and roof terraces offer areas for dining al fresco, boasting great views into the medina below.

Whether you’re returning to this vibrant country or visiting for the first time, the friendliness of the Moroccans, the delicious North African cuisine, the frenetic medinas contrasting with the peacefulness of the Riads and luxury hotels, the stunning snowcapped Atlas Mountains and the delightful beach resorts remain as enticing as ever. We hope you’ll visit soon.

Nick Munday, Owner & Managing Director

Featured hotels

Palais Sebban

1st Class Riad

Centrally located in the Medina, this beautifully restored riad opens its doors to privileged guests

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Les Jardins De La Medina

1st class Riad

Formerly a Prince's Palace, Les Jardins de la Medina has been transformed into a charming boutique hotel offering a harmonious balance between past and present

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Les Jardins De La Koutoubia

5 Star

As you take your first steps within the impressive reception area of this fine hotel, and look through to the elegant swimming pool area, you will know that you have made an excellent choice

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Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa

5 Star

Situated a few minutes walk from the old city walls and facing a huge sandy beach.

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Featured hotels

Palais Sebban

1st Class Riad

Centrally located in the Medina, this beautifully restored riad opens its doors to privileged guests

Les Jardins De La Medina

1st class Riad

Formerly a Prince's Palace, Les Jardins de la Medina has been transformed into a charming boutique hotel offering a harmonious balance between past and present

Les Jardins De La Koutoubia

5 Star

As you take your first steps within the impressive reception area of this fine hotel, and look through to the elegant swimming pool area, you will know that you have made an excellent choice

Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea & Spa

5 Star

Situated a few minutes walk from the old city walls and facing a huge sandy beach.

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Whether you’re returning to this vibrant country or visiting for the first time, the friendliness of the Moroccans, the delicious North African cuisine, the frenetic medinas contrasting with the peacefulness of the Riads and luxury hotels, the stunning snowcapped Atlas Mountains and the delightful beach resorts remain as enticing as ever. We hope you’ll visit soon.

Nick Munday, Owner & Managing Director

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