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Morocco Holidays

Gateway to the Muslim world, Morocco is a mysterious land awash with colours and spices, carpets and covered souks. Framed by the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the epitome of Morocco with bustling souks and vibrant Jemaâ el Fna Square. Visit the snow-capped High Atlas, then travel south to Ouarzazate to explore the many Kasbahs that line this route then continue past Erfoud to the mighty Sahara Desert. To the north are the twin imperial cities of Meknes and Fes, the latter home to one of the finest original medieval medinas in the world, or visit Chefchaouen – an atmospheric blue-washed town set high in the Rif Mountains. End by the Atlantic coast in pretty Essaouira which, with its low white-washed buildings, historic harbour and windswept beach, retains a relaxed and carefree air. Pettitts Travel have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to Morocco for over 30 years.

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Places to visit in Morocco

An exotic land of spice bazaars, souks and white-washed coastal towns, snow-capped mountains, mud-brick Berber forts and Saharan sand dunes, it seems remarkable that Morocco is located so close to Europe. Marrakech is a natural gateway to the kingdom. Full of energy, this is a city of street performers, covered markets and traditional riads. Its proximity to home also makes it perfect for a long weekend away. To the north of Marrakech are the Imperial cities of Meknes and Fes, the former close to the Roman remains of Volubilis and the latter famous for its tanneries. From here it is possible to travel further to visit Chefchaouen and Tangiers. South of Marrakech traverse the High Atlas Mountains then descend towards the Sahara passing remote oases and enigmatic Kasbahs including Ait Ben Haddou. Returning to the coast, photogenic Essaouira is a lovely place to relax at the end of a journey.

When to Visit Morocco

The best time to visit Morocco is from March to June and September to November when the climate is pleasant with warm sunny days. The winter months from December to February are similar in climate to southern Europe and can be variable, either warm and sunny or cool and wet. Also at this time of year the desert areas are cold at night and there is snowfall in the Atlas Mountains. City sightseeing is fine the year round but it can be very hot in July and August. For mountain walking spring, summer and autumn are ideal for the Atlas Mountains. Morocco is a paradise for flora and fauna with flowers in bloom the year round, but they really are at their finest in the spring and early summer. Due to its varied terrain Morocco is has excellent birdwatching, particularly in the autumn and spring when migrating birds visit the inlets and lagoons at Oualidia on the Atlantic Coast.

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This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country. Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

Essential Information

Capital: Rabat

Main Language: Arabic

Time Zone: GMT

Currency: Dirham (MAD)

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Morocco Holiday Review

“You may be interested in our impressions of a marvellous trip. The programme was well balanced and and gave a good overview of the interesting country. By alternating town and countryside we got a good idea of ancient and modern Morocco.

The local organisation had obviously done its job and accomplished it smoothly. A lot of praise goes to our driver, Mr Hassan, who was always cheerful and helpful, but above all an excellent driver.”

A & MG - Morocco - April 2015

Accommodation in Morocco

Morocco has a wide range of accommodation on offer from elegant riads and traditional guesthouses to desert camps and luxury resorts. In particular, the medinas of Marrakech and Fes conceal a number of luxurious riads – usually located on unassuming lanes – complete with original interiors and beautifully tended courtyard gardens. The larger cities also have a number of larger modern hotels which have a greater range of facilities and tend to be located just outside of the medina. Aside from the main towns, most areas from the Atlas and Rif Mountains to the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Coast have excellent accommodation options with the majority in an authentic Moroccan style.

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