Few countries are as thrillingly exotic as MOROCCO.
Names like Marrakesh and Aït Benhaddou conjure up images of sun-dappled stallholders selling pungent mounds of cinnamon and saffron, and of earth-baked kasbahs surrounded by vast oases rustling in a warm Sirocco breeze. Ask your children about the Sahara and watch their eyes light up with tales of camel trains and rolling dunes and tribal nomads dressed in blue. And the best thing is not only are these tales all true but the images are even richer in reality. And it all lies right on Europe’s doorstep.
Morocco certainly has a special place in our travelling hearts. It was to this fascinating country that we planned our first proper adventurous family holiday with two young children in tow. Our month-long trip, spent exploring Fez, the High Atlas and the Sahara on assignment for Rough Guides, was an unforgettable experience. From the moment we stepped out of our riad in Fez and into the path of a donkey hauling leather hides through the medina, the children were hooked.
We are lucky enough to return to Morocco on a regular basis, and from our updating trips and other travels we have pieced together our ultimate itinerary for families wanting to get the most out of this fabulously enigmatic country, just three and a bit hours from the UK but so exhilaratingly different.
In eleven days, you’ll get to see the best of Morocco, from the hubbub of Marrakesh to the solitude of the Sahara Desert, and spend your time shopping in souks, hiking through Berber villages in the High Atlas, exploring ancient kasbahs and watching the kids play hide and seek in vast palmeries. It’s a tough call not to include Fez, our favourite city in North Africa, in any Moroccan itinerary, but it's a very long drive to and from Marrakesh and the south (eight hours or so), with not a great deal to break your journey along the way. More importantly, though, Fez’s fascinating medieval medina is worth exploring on an exotic city break of its own.
BIG TRIP MOROCCO
YOUR DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE TO THE ULTIMATE FAMILY ADVENTURE
THE BIG TRIP: MOROCCO MAP
THE LIJOMA LOWDOWN
Delve deeper with our tips on what to read and watch before you go, foods and drinks your kids must try, and some key cultural advice
From ancient kasbahs to stylish riads in the Marrakesh medina – our pick of the most memorable places for families to stay in Morocco
NEED TO KNOW
A handy overview of Morocco’s weather and climate throughout the year, with recommendations for the best time to visit
Pre-trip practicalities, including getting there, visas and passports, health and safety and how to get around
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