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Morocco tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Morocco is one of Africa's most exciting and accessible destinations. Much mythologised, the country and its main attractions are rightly feted as examples of the exotic. Less than ten miles from mainland Europe, a quick ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar, it's a world of bustling souks, gorgeous beaches, spectacular mountain ranges and the eternal sands of the Sahara.

Morocco holidays offer visitors a vast range of potential attractions and travel in Morocco is perhaps easier than anywhere else on the African continent, due to its modern infrastructure and well-trodden tourist trail. Visit some of the largest intact medieval towns in the world, explore the atmospheric medinas and soak in a hammam to get a sense of traditional life here.

Here you'll find the great imperial cities of Fez and Marrakech, with their ancient stone streets and lively markets, which dance to the sounds of the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer. Watch the wondrous array of story tellers, acrobats, musicians and snake charmers perform amongst the open-air food stalls of Marrakech's legendary Djemaa El Fna market.

On the Atlantic coast are the pretty towns of Agadir and Essaouira, where surfers and kite surfers come to ride the waves. Elsewhere, Casablanca is home to the largest mosque in the world; the imposing Hasan II Mosque has sufficient space for 100,000 worshippers and boasts a 200m tall minaret, making it the tallest structure in the country. Alternatively, step back in time at Volubilis, Morocco's largest Roman ruin.

Inland, the dramatic Atlas Mountains are home to crumbling kasbahs and hidden Berber communities, tied together with craggy mountain passes and excellent trekking routes. Scramble around North Africa's highest peak, Djebel Toubkal, or hike the challenging Todra Gorge, staying overnight at a home-stay to experience warm Berber hospitality.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
3 hours

Time Zone
GMT ±0

Currency
Moroccan dirham (Dh) = 100 centimes

Language
Arabic, Berber dialogues, French

Visa
None

Where to go in Morocco

Casablanca

Casablanca is the economic and cultural capital of Morocco and a modern metropolis, which deserves at least a few days on a tailor made itinerary of Morocco.

Essaouira

Essaouira is an old fortified town to the west of Marrakech, on Morocco's windswept Atlantic coast. The town's whitewashed walls and weathered blue wooden doors, the rustic ramparts of the Skala de la Villes - the city ramparts - and the beach stretching south of the town are some of its popular at…

Agadir

Agadir is the gateway to the Souss-Massa-Draa region and a popular stop on luxury tailor made holidays. This well-established tourist destination attracts sun seekers and honeymooners, who come to enjoy the spectacular golden beach that arches around the bay.

Fez

The northern city of Fez is to many, the heart and soul of Morocco. It's the country's oldest imperial city, the former capital and the site of the oldest continuously running university in the world - the university of Al-Karaounie, founded in 859. Here too is an ancient medina, the Fez el-Bali, t…

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Top itineraries in Morocco

La Sultana’s Moroccan Beaches and Marrakech

8-day tailor-made tour from £1,550 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights and pay for 6 - saving up to £294 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

Stay in two of the country’s finest luxury hotels as you’re exposed to the oceanfront charms of an Atlantic fishing village and the bustling history of Marrakech.

Imperial Cities of Morocco

12-day tailor-made journey from £2,870 pp incl. flights

There are many ways to describe Morocco - exotic, fascinating, frenetic, mysterious. Just a short hop from mainland Europe and the gateway to Africa, Morocco has been enticing travellers for centuries with a mixture of ancient cultures, spectacular landscapes and intoxicating cities.

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Top places to stay in Morocco

La Sultana Marrakech

Small & intimate hotel

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Great Hotels of the World, the hotel’s panoramic roof terrace, complete with bar and restaurant, looks out over Marrakech’s historic Medina.

La Sultana Oualidia

Small & intimate hotel

This award-winning Moorish fort has one toe in the Moroccan Atlantic – it’s a stylish, luxury retreat.

La Villa des Orangers, Morocco

Small & intimate hotel from £860 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 - Jan-March 2017
Book by: 28 February 2017

La Villa des Orangers, a beautifully restored traditional villa, offers the optimum blend of a riad-style experience and the superb service of a Relais & Chateaux property. It enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of the medina, perfectly positioned for exploring the city.

Kasbah Tamadot

Small & intimate resort

Special
offer

Free night offers for stays Jan-March and June-August 2017
Book by: 28 February 2017

Stay in one of Morocco’s and Sir Richard Branson’s finest retreats, a kasbah resort complete with antique-furnished rooms, a hammam spa, gourmet dining and a whole host of curated activities.

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Special offers in Morocco

La Sultana’s Moroccan Beaches and Marrakech

8-day tailor-made tour from £1,550 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 7 nights and pay for 6 - saving up to £294 per couple
Book by: 31 March 2017

Stay in two of the country’s finest luxury hotels as you’re exposed to the oceanfront charms of an Atlantic fishing village and the bustling history of Marrakech.

La Villa des Orangers, Morocco

Small & intimate hotel from £860 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 - Jan-March 2017
Book by: 28 February 2017

La Villa des Orangers, a beautifully restored traditional villa, offers the optimum blend of a riad-style experience and the superb service of a Relais & Chateaux property. It enjoys a wonderful location in the heart of the medina, perfectly positioned for exploring the city.

Kasbah Tamadot

Small & intimate resort

Special
offer

Free night offers for stays Jan-March and June-August 2017
Book by: 28 February 2017

Stay in one of Morocco’s and Sir Richard Branson’s finest retreats, a kasbah resort complete with antique-furnished rooms, a hammam spa, gourmet dining and a whole host of curated activities.

See all offers

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