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Bustling cities, laid-back beaches and historic sights galore; you’ll find all this and more on holidays to Morocco, served with a generous helping of North African sunshine. Morocco offers all the exotic attraction of a Middle Eastern holiday, combined with some unique African character. That all comes together to make Morocco a dazzling feast for the senses, and a great spot for some serious sunbathing, too! Souk-filled Marrakech is a popular destination, where you’ll discover a fascinating medina and the towering Atlas Mountains within easy reach. You’re not far from Agadir over on the Atlantic coast, with its 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.
Expect glorious summer highs and year-round sunshine, plus excellent winter skiing weather in the Atlas Mountains
Al Massira Airport (AGA) or Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK).
Book a holiday to Morocco with Thomas Cook to experience the country’s unique blend of cultures, from thriving ancient cities to the beaches of the southwest coast.
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The southwest coast of Morocco is known for its year-round sunshine, with temperatures rarely dipping below the 20s(oC). It has fantastic beaches characterised by classic white-gold sand and upbeat, modern resorts. The family-friendly hotels are close to the beaches, good shopping and top water sports. Holiday resorts like Agadir are considered the best in the whole country for a beach break. Further north you’ll find the bigger cities, known for being a more traditional place to experience Morocco’s culture and custom. These include cities like Fes and Rabat, with visitor favourite Marrakech a little further down south.
Looking for the best beaches Morocco has to offer? Head south to discover vibrant resorts and pristine white-sand beaches. You’ll find a 10-km stretch down 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 bustling restaurants in the heart of town. If you’re after a traditional Moroccan experience, you’ll love getting lost in the medinas and exploring the ancient sights in Marrakech. And don’t forget to look out for the magnificent minarets and snake-charming street performers.
The southwest coastline in an absolute paradise for beach lovers; it’s drenched in Mediterranean sunshine for most of the year. Glorious resorts like Agadir are home to sweeping stretches of golden sand, where you can pick up a sun lounger and relax all day long. It’s a brilliant spot for water sports, too; wind and kite-surfing are firm favourites here, thanks to the trade winds coming off the Atlantic. You’ll also find a wealth of stalls just beyond the sands serving ocean-fresh seafood.
You’ll discover some of Morocco’s finest attractions in the beautiful historic quarters of its cities. Marrakech (AKA The Red City) is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture and traditions. Here you can spend days wondering through the souks; look out for spices, leather goods and cashmere at superb prices. Explore the magnificent medina (or Jemaa el-Fna), where you’ll find fire-breathing performers and dare-devil acrobats doing their thing. And when it comes to food, you’ll find a wealth of authentic cuisine to try. Why not sample hearty lamb tagine, washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea?
Wherever you’re heading on to Morocco, you’ll find plenty to explore beyond your resort. Around two and a half hours outside of Agadir is the hippy retreat of Essaouira, where over the years famous visitors have included Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens. Expect charming whitewashed houses with blue shutters, a huge beach and a UNESCO-listed medina. While you’re on holidays to Morocco, you may want to make the most of the opportunity to take a trip into the desert; why not explore sweeping sand dunes from the comfort of a 4x4?
Beach lovers: With over 300 days of sunshine and summer temperatures in the late 30s (°C), it’s always time to hit the beach. Don’t forget to pack your sun cream.
Explorers: You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to explore; expect ancient quarters filled with Moorish architecture, fascinating medinas and glorious scenery, so don’t forget your camera.
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.
Language: Arabic, Berber and French. English is spoken in tourist locations, but it’s wise to pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app to help you with a few basic phrases.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Local time: Morocco is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Marrakech Airport, with a 15-minute transfer to Marrakech and Agadir Al Massira Airport for Agadir, around 30 minutes away.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Morocco is 4 hours.
Tourist information: Read more tourist information can be found at www.visitmorocco.com before heading off on holidays to Morocco.
Visa & health: Don’t forget to visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for visa and health recommendations.
Temperature: Enjoy mild mid-20s (°C) in spring and autumn, and scorching peaks of just below 40°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Want more comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine? Book Morocco holidays for spring.
If you’re seeking year-round sunshine, holidays to Morocco will be right up your street. In Marrakech, peaks just under 40°C aren’t uncommon in July (the hottest month of the year). In spring and autumn, temperatures remain mild; usually between 22°C to 28°C. Even in winter, temperatures sit in the mid-to-high teens. Over in Agadir, sea breezes tend to keep things a bit cooler. July peaks stand at around 27°C, going down to the low 20s in winter. There’s more rain from November to March, but it’s usually just showers here and there, rather than heavy downpours.
By bus: There’s an extensive bus network running between the main cities and resorts. It’s a really easy way to get out and about for daytrips. And it tends to be cheaper than renting a car.
By train: For longer journeys, trains are a more comfortable option, and they’re still really affordable. All major train networks run to the country’s main cities (like Marrakech).
By caleche: These small, horse-drawn carriages are widely used in Marrakech, and it’s a fun way to see the local sights or get from A to B. Before you hop on, it’s worth confirming a price.
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 in November or December.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival: Held in July, it’s one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar, promising four days of art, performances and music. You’ll find the main square to be packed with food vendors, snake charmers and street performers.