No place so close to home feels quite so exotic as Morocco. Its blend of African, Arabic and European cultures makes it remarkably exhilarating, dramatic and unique. From the labyrinth of souks in Marrakech to the dramatic valleys high in the Atlas Mountains and the sweeping beaches of Agadir, Morocco has much to enliven the culture fanatics, adventure seekers and relaxation lovers alike.
A Morocco multi-centre holiday allows you to combine many of the contrasting destinations that this country has to offer. Be that the dizzying delights of ancient Marrakech with a magical retreat in the Atlas Mountains or a bartering bonanza in the souks with a beachy break in Essaouira. It’s easy to travel across Morocco and we’re here to help take care of the arrangements including transfers, car hire and tours. Here we’ve put together some example itineraries to inspire your Moroccan adventure, for something personalised to you, we are on hand to help, with the minimum of fuss.
Atlas Mountains at hotel Kasbah Tamadot
For two contrasting destinations, it can’t get much different than Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. Marrakech with its constant hum of activity and feast of flavours seems almost opposite to the silence and serenity to be found in the Atlas Mountains. Spend a few days exploring the scents and sites of bustling Marrakech, testing the senses, before hiding away in the Atlas Mountains to rejuvenate them.
Founded almost 1000 years ago, there is so much to discover in Marrakech, from historical sites such as the Saadian tombs and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa to the shopper’s delights in the seemingly infinite souks. Spice up your pantry with exotic spices or pick out the perfect carpet to add Moroccan style to your home; there really is a treasure trove of wonders to be uncovered. Feast the senses on the marvel that is Djemaa el Fna, where soothsayers, snake charmers and musicians all give the square a frenetic vibe. Simply relax with a fresh mint tea on a terrace for a retreat away from the bustle and indulge in a traditional Hammam to unravel the senses and rejuvenate the skin, before heading high in the mountains to escape it all.
North Africa’s highest mountain range, the Atlas Mountains span 1000km diagonally across Morocco. Hidden within these peaks are lush, fertile valleys, hidden villages and traditional Berber settlements. Locally named ‘Idraren Draren’ (mountain of mountains), the Atlas Mountains are the ultimate in tranquillity. Breathe in the refreshing mountain air, savour the sounds of silence and take the time to utterly rejuvenate.
Transfer time: Between 40 minutes and 1 hour from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains by car.
Hone your haggling skills and grab a bargain in Marrakech before a laid-back beach break with eateries aplenty in Essaouira. A Marrakech and Essaouira twin centre brings many delights, savour a diverse selection of Moroccan cuisine and uncover two fascinating destinations in one mesmerizing holiday.
Haggle your way through Marrakech, collecting home décor, souvenirs and trinkets along the way before retreating from the city in a traditional first-class riad. Be it giant rugs, centrepiece lanterns, leather, silks, fabrics, plates or spices, there’s plenty to fill more than an extra-large suitcase. After a busy day shopping, there’s no better treat than the charm and comfort that comes from a traditional riad which encapsulates the inexplicable magnetism of this wonderous city.
A 3 hour scenic journey takes you from Marrakech through mountains, valleys and plains to the sophisticated fishing village of Essaouira. The town is aptly named in Arabic ‘Little Picture’, which comes to fruition when exploring cupboard sized shops with colourful fabrics and the delightfully charismatic harbour. Simply take in the languid atmosphere and beachy vibe and explore the palm lined avenues, brimming with art galleries, boutiques and divine restaurants. Don’t miss an evening at Caravanne Café with live performances of Gnaoui music, magicians or fire dancers…
Transfer time: Approximately 3 hours by car from Marrakech to Essaouira.
Beach at Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort
For a taste of Morocco’s more upmarket charm as well as the famous sites and exotic delights of Marrakech, an Agadir and Marrakech multi-centre can be an excellent combination. Step in to the chaotic charm and Moorish beauty of Marrakech before traveling in to the realms of relaxation in beachfront Agadir.
Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture with mouth-watering delicacies and intricate architecture, with the sonorous call to prayer showcasing the rhythms of daily life here. Spend days soaking in the atmosphere and visiting beguiling monuments such as Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Minaret and the tranquil gardens of Majorelle; be that by private tour or allowing yourself to get completely lost in the maze that is Marrakech.
Well-loved for its year-round climate and over 10km of sandy beaches, Agadir appeals to couples, families and culture lovers alike. Amongst its credentials are a fashionable boulevard, golf courses and a plethora of beach and watersports. Due to an earthquake in 1960 much of the city was rebuilt, resulting in a modern, pristine and new appeal. However, several ruins of the original city remain, some dating back to the 16th century. Enjoy La Dolce Vita beachside, wind your way through gardens and parkland, indulging in shops and restaurants along the way.
The relatively new motorway between Marrakech and Agadir has reduced the journey time to three hours although you may like to upgrade to the scenic mountainous route (summer months only) which crosses the Atlas Mountains over the spectacular Tizi n’Test Pass, stopping for a lunch break in the walled city of Taroudant. Another year-round alternative transfer from Marrakech is via Essaouira, where you can stop to enjoy lunch, followed by the scenic coastal route to Agadir.
Transfer time: Approximately 3 hours between Marrakech and Agadir
Moroccan roads are well connected, meaning it’s easy to travel by car. There are high speed toll roads connecting the main cities and smaller roads in between can be incredibly scenic. We offer private transfers to get you to your destination in comfort, but for those who prefer to hire their own car, we’d be happy to help arrange this. Taxis are available in all cities and towns and bike hire is also available in major cities.
The best time to visit Morocco is in spring and autumn when the weather is warm across the country, but not too scorching as the summer can be. Agadir tends to hold on to the sun for longer with winter temperatures of up to 25°C. The Atlas Mountains can be visited all year, although the winter months can be very cold. Marrakech is also warm all year round but can be too hot for comfort in July and August.
Prices featured are a ‘from price’ per person based on 2 adults sharing a room including economy flights and private transfers. Savings are per couple for selected dates against original system pricing; alternative dates and departure airports available. All holiday offers are subject to limited availability and change. Full booking conditions here.