Holidays in Morocco
Morocco is home to famously busy and exhilarating cities, with historic quarters filled with winding streets and bustling souks. Further south, however, the country shows a different side of itself. Visitors make a beeline to its southwest coast to spend lazy days on white-sand beaches, underneath guaranteed Mediterranean sunshine.
Spring for more comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
Morocco has multiple international and domestic airports. Visitors may fly to Al Massira Airport in Agadir (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.
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.
Head south to experience the best beaches in Morocco, where vibrant resorts line the white sand beaches. Resorts like Agadir are a wonderful place to try windsurfing or plan a leisurely boat trip, and the coast is a stone’s throw from the souks and restaurants in the town. If it’s a traditional Moroccan experience you’re after, get lost in the labyrinthine Medinas and gaze at the magnificent ancient mosques in the dizzying cities. Stop for some authentic lamb tagine from a food stall or sit on a terrace with Marrakech’s trademark fresh orange juice or mint tea, and gaze out across the maze-like souks.
Morocco’s southwest coast is a real beach paradise, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine for most of the year. Resorts like Agadir have wide, smooth coastlines complete with soft golden sand dotted with thatched parasols and sun loungers. The attractive and busy marina provides lots of things to do on Morocco’s coast. Sailing is popular, and the surf off the Atlantic making the area a top place to learn wind surfing and kite surfing. The beaches are buzzing with stalls and cafes, ideal for browsing for souvenirs, grabbing a cold drink or sitting down to some fresh local seafood.
Some of Morocco’s best attractions are its beautiful historic quarters, often found in the heart of big cities. The medinas in cities like Marrakech are a unique experience and a good way to immerse yourself in Morocco’s traditions. Wander through to visit the souks, watch street performers or see the elaborate and majestic mosques. As for the food, the medinas are the best place to find some authentic cuisine – join the locals at the food stalls for traditional dishes like lamb tagine. The newer parts of the city are a good spot for French bistros and restaurants.
Morocco is famous for its souks and markets, and if you’re up for a little haggling, they are a great place to pick up handmade crafts, local specialties and unique souvenirs. Even smaller beach resorts like Agadir have souks filled with craft stalls, as well as daily markets where locals come to buy fruit, vegetables and clothing. Souks in bigger cities like Marrakech are an essential Moroccan attraction, with maze-like streets filled with treasures. Look out for leather goods, spices, cashmere and cactus silk, which tend to be handmade and very high quality which can be bought very cheaply.
Shopaholics: Shopping in Morocco’s mesmerising souks will put your best haggling skills to the test.
Sun worshippers: With over 300 days of sunshine and summer temperatures well into the 30s (oC), there’s no better choice for sun worshippers.
Sightseers: Ancient quarters filled with Moorish architecture and Moroccan tradition.
Language: The official languages spoken in Morocco are Arabic and Berber, although many Moroccans also speak French
Currency: The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Local time: Morocco has no time difference between GMT/UK time
Fly to: Morocco has multiple international and domestic airports. Visitors may fly to Al Massira Airport in Agadir (AGA) or Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Morocco tourist information can be found at www.visitmorocco.com/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Morocco
Temperature: Mid 20s (°C) in spring, peaking in the high 30s by July.
Best time to visit: Spring for more comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
The weather in Morocco is mostly in keeping with a Mediterranean climate, although this varies from north to south. The summers are hot, with late May to September regularly seeing highs of 38°C. The winter months are rarely cold, and spring is a pleasantly warm time to visit, averaging 25 °C.
By bus: Morocco has an extensive bus network that runs frequently between the main cities and resorts. If you’re interested in exploring or taking day trips, it is an easier and much cheaper option than renting a car.
By train: For longer journeys, trains are a more comfortable option and are still highly affordable. All major train networks run to major cities like Marrakech.
By caleche: Caleche are small horse-drawn carriages used a lot in Marrakech. They are great for getting around and seeing the sights at the same time. They tend to congregate in main squares and are very affordable, although it is a good idea to confirm the price first.
For film buffs: The Marrakech International Film Festival is a star-studded event showcasing the year in international film. Described as the North African answer to the Cannes Film Festival, the event is held in November or December and features the biggest names in film from all over the world.
Moroccan arts: The annual Marrakech Popular Arts Festival is one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar, promising four days in July packed with art, performances and music. Expect the city’s main square to be packed with food vendors, snake charmers and street performers – a must visit.