Less than 4 hours away from the UK lies Morocco, the exotic gateway to Africa. Lying on the top north eastern corner of the continent, you’ll be transported to another world, awash with unique and fascinating sights, customs and Arabian exoticism.
Marrakech is the beautiful and bustling city, a rabbit warren of souks- open air markets- alive with colours and flavours, and the buzz of traders and customers haggling for a bargain! Agadir is the eminent destination for sun-worshipping and with over 300 days of sunshine a year, 10km of sandy beach and modern facilities it lives up to its billing.
Agadir is Morocco’s main beach resort, a ten-kilometre stretch of safe sandy beaches banking into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The seaside is lively and caters for tourists and holidaymakers, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops close by, as well as a beautiful 5km-long promenade and recently-built marina; the perfect place to spend a balmy summer evening. Wander into Agadir's main town and you’ll find an abundance of shops and mouth-watering eateries waiting for you to sample their wares and pick up Morocco’s famous exports of leather and glass goods.
Fez is one of the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world. Immerse yourself in centuries-old souks and a time when the palaces were home to powerful families, rather than places of education. The Riyad Mokri is a beautiful example, with the best gardens in Fez, full of fruit trees, jasmine, honeysuckle and lavender.
Marrakech is the jewel in Morocco’s crown and an increasingly popular city to visit either as part of a longer holiday or a trip in itself. Under 4 hours from the UK, the city is a wonderful combination of old and new, and shows travellers the true Moroccan way of life, with stunning architecture and an abundance of friendly locals. Walk the maze of souks, stacked high with spices, potteries, handcrafts, carpets, lanterns, soaps and cosmetics, and leather goods, have fun bartering with the traders for a great deal, and soak up the atmosphere.
With the Sahara desert on its doorstep, a trip to Morocco isn’t complete without a little bit of adventure. Take a desert tour, taking in the Atlas Mountains, traditional villages and spend a night under the stars. Saddle up a camel for an authentic desert experience and cover up with a shemagh to protect you from the strong desert sun.
Pay a visit to one of Morocco’s hammams, steam baths. Get pampered and buffed, and emerge looking like a whole new person! The perfect remedy to being sand-blasted in the Sahara!
Moroccan food is nothing if not flavoursome. Couscous, one of Morocco’s most famous exports serves as a base or a side dish with a range of grilled meat and vegetable.
Pastillas are Morocco’s answer to the great British Cornish pasty: meat, vegetables and rice wrapped in flakey pastry.
The traditional tagine, which also gives its name to the clay pot it’s cooked in, is a spicy, hearty stew, and olives are a popular snack.
Chicken is the most widely eaten meat, with beef and lamb the most common red meats.
10 year British passport is required with a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of return.