Morocco holidays

Morocco holidays

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Bustling cities, laid-back beaches and historic sights galore; you’ll find all this and more on a holiday to Morocco, served with a generous helping of North African sunshine. Morocco offers all the exotic attractions of a holiday to the Middle East, combined with some unique African character. Souk-filled Marrakech (or Marrakesh if you prefer) is a popular destination, where you’ll discover a fascinating medina and the towering Atlas Mountains within easy reach.

The city’s not far from the Atlantic coast, where Agadir holidays promise a long sandy beach and crumbling Kasbah. Or, you could choose the chilled-out seaside town of Essaouira if you really want to get away from it all. That all comes together to make Morocco holidays a dazzling feast for the senses, and a great spot for some serious sunbathing, too!

Things to do

Looking for the best beaches the country has to offer? Visiting them tops the list of things to do in Morocco! Head south to discover vibrant resorts and pristine white sands. You’ll find a 10km stretch in Agadir, which is a wonderful place to try your hand at windsurfing or take a leisurely boat trip.

You’ll only be a stone’s throw from the maze-like souks and nightlife in Agadir town centre, too. There are also some great nightclubs in Marrakech, but if you’re after a traditional Moroccan experience, you’ll love getting lost in the city’s medina (old town) and exploring the ancient sights. And don’t forget to look out for the magnificent minarets and energetic street performers while you’re there.

Where to go

Morocco’s southwest coast is known for its year-round sunshine, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C. It has fantastic beaches characterised by classic white-gold sand and upbeat, modern resorts. Holiday resorts like Agadir and Essaouira are considered the best in the whole country for a beach break. You’ll find a range of family-friendly hotels, plus some great shopping and top water sports.

Up in the northwest, dip your toes in the Mediterranean at Tangier, where there’s a more multicultural vibe. Meanwhile, the famous bustle of Jemaa El Fna square makes Marrakech holidays a must for a more traditional place to experience Morocco’s culture. There are other alluring cities, too, including Fez (aka Fes) and coastal Rabat. Wherever you stay, make sure you pack some kind of cover-up - Morocco is a Muslim country that follows Islamic laws and customs, and it’s important to respect these at all times.

More travel guides

Ready to find out more? Check out our other Morocco holiday guides: Agadir | Marrakech

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Expect glorious summer highs and year-round sunshine, plus excellent winter skiing weather in the Atlas Mountains.

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Agadir Al-Massira Airport (AGA) or Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK).

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Explorers: Expect ancient quarters filled with Moorish architecture, fascinating medinas and glorious scenery, so make sure you’ve got lots of space on your camera. 

Beach fans: Agadir and Essaouira are ideal year-round beach destinations. Even in winter the daytime high is around the 20°C mark. In summer temperatures are normally in the high 20s, but on rare occasions can top 40°C. Add to that an average of just two to three wet days between May and September. Sunseeker heaven!

Shopaholics: Shopping in Morocco’s maze-like souks is a mesmerising experience. They’re the perfect places to pick up souvenirs, and you’ll have the chance to put your haggling skills to the test here.

Fast facts for Morocco

Language: Moroccan Arabic, Berber and French are the main languages. English is spoken in popular locations, but it’s a good idea to download a language app to help you with a few useful phrases.

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

Local time: Morocco uses Daylight Saving Time (GMT+1), except during Ramadan when it uses GMT. This means for just over half the year the time in Morocco is the same as the UK, and for the rest it’s one hour ahead.

Fly to: Marrakech-Menara Airport or Agadir Al-Massira Airport

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Morocco is 3.5 to 4 hours.

Checking into hotels: In Morocco sexual relations outside of marriage are outlawed. This means some hotels may not allow a man and woman to share a room unless you can prove you’re married.

Tourist information: You can find more information about Morocco holidays from the Moroccan tourism office.

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Getting around Morocco

By bus: These provide a very cheap way of getting around the local area, but they can get crowded at times.

By coach: Journeys from Agadir to Marrakech or from Marrakech to Essaouira take around 3 hours. The luxury bus option costs an additional 40dh and provides an onboard toilet and footrests. 

By train: Marrakech is connected to Casablanca by train, with the journey taking around 2hr45.

By taxi: Only use official licenced ‘Petits’ or ‘Grands Taxis’ and ensure the driver turns the metre on. Unregulated taxis (including those bookable via mobile apps) may be stopped by the police, who could ask you to leave the vehicle.

Events in Morocco

Essaouira’s Gnaoua & World Music Festival: Morocco’s answer to blues, gnaoua (or gnawa) is part of an exciting bill of local, national and international musicians at this free festival. Held on open-air stages in June, it’s one of Morocco’s most impressive music events.

Marrakech Popular Arts Festival: Taking place in July, it’s one of the biggest events on Morocco's calendar, promising four days of art, performances and music. You’ll find the main square is packed with food vendors and street performers.

Marrakech International Film Festival: This star-studded event is often described as the North African answer to the Cannes Film Festival. It’s held every year, starting in late November.

Morocco safety and security

Do I need a passport or visa?

You’ll need a valid passport to travel to Morocco. Passports need to be valid for the full duration of your stay in the country. It’s also recommended that you have at least three months’ validity left on the date you arrive, or you might have issues entering or leaving Morocco.

You’ll also need to check that your passport isn’t damaged or torn, or you might not be allowed to enter the country.

If you’re a British national with a UK passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Morocco, as long as you’re staying for less than three months. When you arrive in the country, make sure your passport is stamped because you may have issues leaving the country otherwise.

For more information on entry requirements for Morocco, please visit the FCDO website for UK government advice.

Do I need any vaccinations?

It’s advisable to check the latest advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at least eight weeks before travel.

If you have any prescription medicines, make sure you bring them with you, along with a copy of your prescription.

Should I get travel health insurance?

We recommend you take out comprehensive travel and health insurance before booking holidays to Morocco. Make sure it covers you for overseas medical expenses, such as medical repatriation and legal costs. Be sure to check exactly what’s included in your cover before you decide which insurance to buy. Plus, if you’re planning on doing any activities while you’re away, you’ll need to be covered for those too - especially any extreme sports like diving.

For more information and Morocco travel advice, the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website.

Morocco weather

Morocco weather

Temperature: Enjoy temperatures of around 20°C countrywide in December and January, and scorching peaks of just below 40°C in Marrakech in summer.

What should I pack?

It’s best to check the temperature before you pack for Morocco, so you know exactly what kind of clothing you’ll need. Sun cream is absolutely essential to protect yourself from the strong rays.

Women will need to cover your head if you’re planning to visit any of the country’s stunning mosques and religious sites. It can also help protect you from the heat and keep you warm when it cools down. 

It’s not just your head you’ll have to cover if you’re visiting religious sites - long-sleeved shirts, lightweight trousers, long skirts and maxi dresses are a great idea, as well as being cool and comfortable, so add them to your packing list.

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FAQs
FAQs
1. What is the currency used in Morocco?

The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). However, as a closed currency, you won’t be able to get hold of any before you travel. Once you arrive in Morocco you can exchange your pounds easily at a local bank or bureau, and even some hotels. You will also find ATMS dotted around Morocco’s major cities should you wish to withdraw Dirhams using your card.

2. Is Morocco a safe country to visit?

Yes, Morocco is a safe country to visit. But we always advise that you stay vigilant with petty crimes such as pickpockets and scammers more likely to target tourists. It’s also important that you familiarize yourself with the local laws, customs and religions as Morocco is considered a very conservative country.

3. What should I wear in Morocco?

Morocco is a warm country so you won’t be expected to dress as conservative as the locals, but it is a good idea to make sure you are respecting the culture. If you’re exploring its cities and sights, we advise wearing light, comfortable clothing that covers your knees and shoulders, particularly if you’re a woman. This way you’re prepared should you wish to visit one of the country’s religious buildings, which have a much stricter dress code.

Hitting Morocco’s beach resorts? You can still bring your swimsuit! That’s right, it’s totally acceptable to wear a bather, bikini or swim shorts when you’re by the coast  - just remember to take a cover up for when you’re walking around.

 

4. Is it cheap to travel to Morocco?

In general holidays to Morocco are very affordable. With lots of low-budget flight options and great value accommodation. Take your pick from a wide selection of cheap deals. From wallet-friendly riads giving you a glimpse into the country’s traditional culture to great value All Inclusive hotels on the outskirts of Marrakech, you’re bound to find something to suit your budget. Plus, its year-round warm weather and short flight time means you can save money by travelling during winter or over a long weekend.

5. What are the most popular tourist attractions in Morocco?

Morocco is full of amazing sights from its grand mosques to its bustling souks and impressive landscape, but there’s some things you can’t leave without seeing. Here’s a few of the country’s most popular tourist attractions:

  1. Explore Marrakech: Stepping foot inside the city of Marrakech is like nothing else you will have ever experienced. Most famous for its colourful souks filled with traditional trinkets, haggling is all part of the fun here. Do not miss a chance to explore its most famous market, Jemaa el-Fna, which comes alive as soon as the sun sets. Soak up its unique atmosphere with storytellers, food stalls and henna art all adding to its charm.
  1. Hike the Atlas Mountains: Want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Then this beautiful mountain range is perfect for a day trip. Discover beautiful valleys, waterfalls and even Berber villages as you get back to nature.
  1. Hit Agadir’s beaches: Known for its golden stretches, Agadir is Morocco’s main beach resort with hotels ideally placed overlooking the sand. And when you’re not laid horizontal on a lounger, there’s a great mix of restaurants and bars. And don’t forget to sample the watersport fun while you’re here, from jet skis to surf lessons. 
  1. Visit Hassan II Mosque: This amazing religious building is found in Casablanca and is not only the largest functioning mosque in Morocco, but the 7th largest in the world. Take a guided tour so you can admire its intricate tile work, gilded ceilings and marble floors.
  1. Wander through Jardin Majorelle: Recognised for its stunning blue villa surrounded by towering cacti, there’s no wonder why this is one of Morocco’s most-visited attractions. Not to mention its fashion credentials as the former home of the iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent. Get lost in its 2.5 acres of gardens before exploring its duo of museums; Berber Museum and Musee Yves Saint Laurent.