03 October 2017
If you’d love to take your family on an exotic holiday, but the thought of taking the children on a long-haul flight makes you shudder, then Morocco is the place for you.
It takes just three and a half hours to fly to this welcoming kingdom on the north-western corner of Africa. And once you get there you’re immediately plunged into a world of adventure – vivid sights, sounds and colours envelope you as soon as you step foot outside the airport.
The Red City is a firm favourite with visitors, and has a huge selection of family-friendly hotels and riads to choose from. Children will love exploring the Majorelle Gardens and amusement parks such as Oasiria Water Park, Atlas Karting, Aqua Fun Club and Palooza Land, while the acrobats, fire eaters and other performers found in the Djemma El-Fna will leave them with open mouths and eyes as wide as saucers.
2) Atlas Mountains
The mountain ranges that criss-cross Morocco are spectacular places to explore, and home to small Berber villages. One of the best things you can do is visit a family that live here and experience their culture and way of life. A different pace can be found at Terres d’Amanar, an outdoor adventure park with giant zip-wire, tree-top adventuring, horse riding and plenty more to keep everyone active!
The town of Ouarzazate, on the edge of the Sahara, is Hollywood’s favourite place to film desert scenes – think Game of Thrones, Prince of Persia, Asterix and Obelix and Gladiator. The Atlas Studio tour is a must, with plenty of behind the scenes access, awesome film sets and props that will transport you to the movies. Nearby is the amazing Aït Benhaddou, an amazing fortified mud brick city that has is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4) Sahara desert
You can’t come to Morocco and not see the desert. Get yourself on an organised trek out into the Sahara, visit a real life nomad camp and sleep under the stars to make memories that will last for a lifetime. And what child could resist a ride on a real, live camel?!
5) By the water
With a Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline, there’s plenty of beach to go around in Morocco. Agadir is one of the most popular resorts – a sunny, welcoming place with long golden sands and plenty of restaurants and hotels. It’s a great place to enjoy the beach life, while you can try your hand at water-sports further up the coast in the surf paradise of Taghazout and kite-surfing capital of the world, Essaouira. Along Morocco’s north-coast, new resorts such as Tamuda Bay and Saïdia are perfectly suited for enjoying Mediterranean life with your family.
6) Shopping in the souks
Head to the souks and find yourself a unique souvenir from your holiday. These age old marketplaces are usually twisty-turny affairs, full of stalls selling every item under the sun, especially the spices, hand-crafted artefacts and textiles that Morocco is famous for. The name of the game in these places is barter – see if your haggling skills can bag you a bargain!
Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today to find out more about this fascinating destination and to start creating your tailor-made family holiday to Morocco!