Love the sun? Love great beaches? Love tying a bit of culture into your holidays? Then you’re bound to love Morocco holidays. If you’re looking for an exciting new destination to explore next year, Morocco’s alluring charm and captivating culture will win over the hearts of anyone who heads that way on holiday. And what’s more? It boasts year-round sunshine and is just a three and a half hour flight from the UK; perfect for a bit of winter sun. If you’re not too familiar with the delights you can look forward to experiencing, here are five of the most popular places to visit in Morocco.
1) Agadir beach and promenade
Agadir is one of Morocco’s most popular resorts and is the ideal place to base yourself if you’re looking to spend lazy days soaking up the sun on its impressive beach. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the whole family, you’ll find it hard to keep away from the 10km of soft, golden sand that forms the popular, crescent-shaped bay. But if you can drag yourself off the sun lounger, you don’t have to go far to find yourself surrounded by all kinds of entertainment and fun. Agadir’s seafront promenade is a hive of activity, full of bars, restaurants, souvenir stalls and street performers; a great place to explore while on your holiday.
2) Medina of Marrakech
The Medina of Marrakesh is the old town part of the city, which dates as far back as the year 1070. These days, it’s actually gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status, which means it’ll always maintain its original charm, and is a fascinating place to wander around, camera in hand. There are a number of awe-inspiring historical monuments to visit, including the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah and the Ben Youssef Madrasa. It’s a great place to head to if you want to delve a little deeper into Morocco’s rich history and learn a little more about the local culture.
3) Souk El Had d’Agadir
Agadir’s Souk El Had is a shopaholic’s paradise. Bursting with bright colours and enticing smells, there isn’t anything that this all-singing, all-dancing market doesn’t sell. If you have a list of people to buy gifts and souvenirs for back home, then this is exactly where you need to go to get them. From hand-crafted trinkets and jewellery to homeware and unusual herbs and spices, you’ll find it all. Take the opportunity to try your hand at a spot of haggling to get the best deal possible; don’t worry, they’ll be expecting you to do it! Of course, who’s to say you can only shop for those back home? Go ahead and treat yourself.
4) Jardin Majorelle
Located in the heart of Marrakech, these two and a half acres of botanical gardens are one of the most visited attractions in all of Morocco. Jardin Majorelle is a slice of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy city; it’s the ideal place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Forty years in the making, you’ll find yourself wandering among exotic plants and trees, gently trickling streams and glistening pools, awash with water lilies and locus flowers. Hidden between all the natural greens of the foliage, you’ll suddenly come across the garden’s incredible Art Deco villa; a stark contrast to its natural surroundings, painted in bright primary colours. The work of French artist, Jacques Majorelle, beginning in 1923; the gardens were then bought by fashion designers Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in the 1980s, who worked to restore them and open them up to the public.
5) Photography Museum of Marrakech
For something a little different, and for a chance to take a break from the warm Moroccan sun, make time to visit the Photography Museum of Marrakech. If you’re fascinated by the country’s vibrant history, then it’s all showcased here in a huge collection of historical photographs. If you really want to get a deeper understanding of what’s on display, opt to take an audio guide around with you, which will help bring all the images to life. It’s a captivating way to spend your time and you’ll be surprised at just how long you’ll stay in there, gaining an insight into early-day Morocco.
Where are you planning on going on holiday next year? Have you ever considered Morocco? Let me know in the comments below.