Morocco is famous for its beautiful climate, colourful, spice scented bazaars, beautiful beaches and ancient cultural sights. It’s also easier to get to than you might think; as well as having several package resorts on the coast, you can also visit some Moroccan cities on city breaks from Europe. Explore the vibrant cities with their brightly coloured houses. Taste the fantastic cuisine, including tagine and freshly-made couscous, washed down with copious amounts of mint tea. If you want to get away from civilisation, then you can explore the desert, either on a jeep or by camel.
Map of Morocco Africa
Language(s): Arabic, Berber
Area: 446,550 km2 (58th)
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Time Zone: WET (UTC+0)
Drives on the: right
Airport: about 8 km east-northeast of Rabat and about 90 km northeast of Casablanca
January Temp : 12°C / Rain Days: 6
July Temp: 22°C / Rain Days: 0
What to Do in Morocco Africa
Moroccan cities are fantastic, and generally combine beaches with ancient historical sites. Rabat is the capital; here you can see the ancient Carthaginian city of Chellah, and the ornate Royal Museum. Casablanca is one of the main gateways to Morocco – visit the spectacular Hanna mosque, and cool town in the Hammam. Go shopping in the maze-like souks in Marrakesh; the night scene in the city’s Djemaa El-Fna is like a scene from the Arabian Nights, with fire-eaters, snake charmers and exotic dancers. Erfoud is the gateway to the Sahara – if you want to try a camel safari, then this is the best place to come.
Morocco Holidays Guide
If you have time for a longer holiday, try combining some cities with a beach break, and a trip into the interior. Hiking trails in the Atlas mountains are easily reached from Marrakesh or inland from Casablanca is the stunning imperial city of Fes, much of which remains car-free, with dazzling architecture and massive leather tanning quarters for dying its iconic Fez hats.
Mediterranean Morocco has close links to Spain, both practical and spiritual. It also has several beach resorts. Tangier is the main city and ferry port; grab a seat at a local café and watch city life go by. The Atlantic Coast is more laid back, particularly towards the south of the country. If you enjoy hiking, then visit the Atlas Mountains, the home of the Berber people. A great base to do this from is Fez, a medieval city – visit the tannery and the traditional pharmacy.