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Morocco Tours

Just a short flight from the UK, Morocco is a land filled with bustling markets, tempting cuisine and beautifully atmospheric cities, where the towering slopes of the atlas mountains provide a stunning backdrop to a destination of pure magic.

Tours in Morocco

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Things to See & Do

  • Marrakesh

    Marrakesh

    Evoking the colour and romance of the ‘Arabian Nights’, Marrakech’s old Medina has been the meeting place for the desert and mountain tribes for centuries. Even today, its lively souks and alleys reflect the very spirit of this fascinating country, and no more so than the vibrancy of Djemaá el-Fna Square.

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  • Djemaa El-Fna

    Djemaa El-Fna

    One of the highlights of Marrakech, the Djemaa el-Fna is a wonderful fusion of noise and colour. The modern day equivalent of the Arabian Nights, its captivating network of souks and alleys are filled with musicians and snake charmers, story tellers and water sellers and, as night falls, the square becomes a magnet for an amazing collection of food stalls.

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  • High Atlas Mountains

    High Atlas Mountains

    Separating the Atlantic and the Mediterranean from the barren plains of the Sahara, the Atlas Mountains carve great swathes through the Moroccan interior. Home to isolated Berber villages and the towering peak of Jebel Toubkal, these mountain landscapes are within easy reach of Marrakech.

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  • Essaouira

    Essaouira

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and certainly one of Morocco’s most engaging resorts, Essaouira began life as a trading port for European and Jewish merchants. Nestling behind the walls of its Portuguese fortifications, its picturesque blue-shuttered houses and traditional fishing boats today provide the perfect backdrop before the crashing rollers of the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Erfoud

    Erfoud

    An oasis town set amongst the dunes of the Sahara, Erfoud is home to a thriving film industry that has been used in the production of a number of Hollywood movies. Built by the French, besides the waters of the Ziz River, the town provides an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding desert.

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  • Desert

    Desert

    The vast Sahara stretches across huge swathes of Morocco’s southern regions, encompassing a world of haunting sands, Berber strongholds and captivating oases, the landscapes around the desert town of Erfoud being amongst the most spectacular in the country, with 200 metre high dunes stretching away into the distance. But there is rich variety here too, with ‘The Valley of the Kasbahs’ and the towering Todra Gorge carving through the timeless vistas of the Dades Valley and the High Atlas, whilst the strategically important town of Ouarzazate boasts one of the largest movie studios on the planet, providing dramatic backdrops to such epics as Cleopatra, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel.

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  • Dades Valley

    Dades Valley

    Trapped between the alpine snows and the semi-desert, the fertile Dades River Valley is traditional fig country. The main trading route between the desert and the oases of the Tifilat, the valley’s twisted landscapes of red rock are strewn with hundreds of ancient Berber kasbahs, built by the local people to protect them from invasion.

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  • Kasbahs

    Kasbahs

    Traditionally a place of refuge and shelter, kasbahs are often found amongst the mountainous landscapes of the High Atlas and the more isolated desert regions to the south. Originally made from local materials, mud and straw, these days they have been embellished with modern conveniences to offer guests a range of styles and comforts; from the authentic to the extravagant. Given their age old significance in providing protection, they are also often found in some of Morocco’s more remote locations, providing their clients with some spectacular natural backdrops.

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  • Riads

    Riads

    Riads have long provided a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of colourful medinas and chaotic markets. Traditionally the refuge of Morocco’s more affluent citizens, riads are architectural gems set around an inner garden or courtyard and hidden from the outside world by high walls. Often centrally located, many have been restored to their former glory, their high ceilings, luxuriant atriums and marbled floors providing guests with an authentic slice of Moroccan elegance and offering a unique haven from the noise and dust of the city outside.

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  • Spas and Hammams

    Spas and Hammams

    Spas have been defined as ‘places devoted to enhancing overall well-being’ and, as such, they provide a welcome addition to any holiday. A favoured pastime of the Romans, many nowadays offer a choice of treatments, from massages and mud baths, to facials and aromatherapy. By contrast, hammams are a distinct part of Moroccan culture. Similar to Turkish baths, these traditional steam rooms have long been a place for the Moroccans to meet and gossip and many Moroccan hotels offer their guests the delights of a traditional hammam.

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Highlights of Morocco

Travel Experts

  • Sarah Jane Phelps

    Take the opportunity to try the traditional Moroccan Tagine - or even learn to cook it at one of the local cookery classes available.

    Sarah Jane Phelps
    Sales Consultant
  • Phil Ellis

    When in the Atlas Mountains start your walks early for cooler climate and stunning light for photography.

    Phil Ellis
    Middle East Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

Morocco experiences contrasting weather throughout the year.  Summers (May to September) are hot and dry, and the spring and autumn periods are shorter with cooler weather.  Rainfall occurs predominately between November and February, although not in great amounts, and it is not uncommon for snow to fall in January and February.  Therefore for travel in the winter months, even in March, you should take a few items of warm clothing, as temperatures, especially in the south on the edge of the Sahara, can fall below freezing at night.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceNone
  • Flight Time5 hours
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsDiphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, TB, Tetanus, Typhoid**
  • CurrencyDirham
  • CapitalRabat
  • Area446,550 sq km
  • Population33 million
  • Dialling Code+212
  • Electricity127/220V 50 Hz
  • LanguageFrench, Spanish; Castilian, English, Arabic

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Additional Information

Key Phrases
Choukran – Thank you
Min fadlak – Please
Be-slama – Goodbye
Smeh-li – Excuse me
Na’am -/lyyeh – Yes
La – No
Choukran – Thank you
Events
May – TANJazz Jazz festival in Tangier which attracts big names from the US and France June – Sacred World music festival Founded in 1994, worldwide performers gather to share religious dialogues and spiritual arts and music July – Goulimine Camel Festival Held in the small town of Goulimine in the Western Sahara and the road to ‘Tan Tan’. Tuareg Nomads come to buy, sell and exchange food and hold camel and horse contests September – Imilchil Marriage Festival This three day Fête des Fiancés welcomes the region’s unmarried men and women to mix in the Eastern High Atlas October – The Date Festival, Erfoud This small town on the edge of the Sahara comes alive with the harvest of dates. November to December - Moroccon International Film Festival Starting in 2001, the MIFF is one of the biggest events devoted to Moroccan cinema
Food & Drink
Tagine Sweet and sour flavoured lamb or chicken stew (fish in coastal regions) cooked in a conical earthenware pot and containing fruit such as raisins or dates, and vegetables including carrots, courgettes and chickpeas. Brochette Chicken or lamb skewers, or sometimes even whole chicken or pigs heads are sold by street vendors Couscous Many variations of this staple accompaniment exist in Morocco and across the whole of North Africa Pastila This authentic dish typically consists of minced pigeon meat in layers of flaky pastry and dusted with sugar and cinnamon Mint tea this staple drink, known as Berber Whiskey, is normally served sweet in silver pots
Tipping
Hotels and restaurants in Morocco vary hugely in style but 10% service charge will almost always be included in the larger hotels of major tourist destinations. Offer a similar tip at your discretion if you feel staff have been particularly attentive. It’s widely acceptable to offer a few dirhams (around 50 cents) to taxi drivers, porters and housekeepers. It’s worth noting that street entertainers and snake charmers are common in tourist areas like Casablanca or Marrakech. If you take a photo, or indeed agree to have a snake placed around your neck, you will be expected to offer a tip.
Movies to Watch
The Spiders House a romantic drama set in 1950s Fez where two American former lovers cross paths cross in Fez, just as pro-independence insurgents attempt to destabalise the country Casa Blanca Second World War romantic drama based on stage play Everybody Comes to Rick’s, where a man must choose between his love for a woman and helping her Czech Resistance leader escape the Vichy-controlled Casablanca The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice Directed by Orsen Welles, this adaptation of the1952 Shakespeare play Othello, is shot in Mogador, focusing on Venetian army members and deals with issues of race, love, jealousy and betrayal.
Music to Listen to
Andalusian Classic Moroccan music from the 10th to 15th Centuries characterised by classic Arabic or Andalusian dialect, the TAR or Darbuqa and stringed instruments such as rebab, the lute, and the kemanjah, or a European violin.