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Luxury Morocco Holidays

Souks and sands

Morocco

Distant oases, soaring mountains, spice-laden souks and ancient minarets piercing cornflower-blue skies: welcome to Morocco. Just a few hours' flight from the UK, Morocco is a fusion of Arabia and Africa, and lines up everything from desert scenery and vast golden beaches to bohemian seaside towns and buzzing cities.

The rose-red city of Marrakech (so called due to the terracotta hue of its walls and houses) is the premier city destination. Winston Churchill came here to paint back in the 1930s and 1940s, while fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent came to restore the exquisite Majorelle Gardens, an oasis of palms, pools and cacti, complemented by walls and pots painted in bright 'Majorelle Blue'.

The city's main square  Djemaa el-Fna  is a hub of activity, particularly in the evenings when you'll find sizzling street food stalls and fresh orange juice stands, plus snake charmers, acrobats, musicians and fire eaters entertaining crowds of locals and visitors. Just off the square is the entrance to the souks, a warren-like maze of alleyways lined with shops hawking Berber carpets, leather footstalls, silver lanterns and beaded slippers.

When the heat of the city gets too much, escape to the cool slopes of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains, or retreat to the coast. Agadir is home to an enormous swathe of golden sand, as well as a traditional souk and medina, while laid-back Essaouira features whitewashed, blue-shuttered houses, a breezy beach, and a marina lined with seafood stalls.
Destinations in Morocco
Agadir
Agadir is a modern city that sprawls out along the south-west coast of Morocco, where a sandy bay and golf courses sweep up towards the snow-dusted Atlas Mountains.
Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains are a rugged wilderness of soaring peaks and deep-cut valleys. But despite this remote feel, the region is bright with character-packed Berber villages and boutique hotels.

Marrakech
Marrakech is a rose-tinted city in central Morocco. It’s an irresistible mix of rich imagery – expect mosaicked mosques, royal orange orchards, smoky souks, riad restaurants and timeworn backstreets.
Essaouira
Essaouira is Morocco’s chilled-out beach resort. You can expect a breezy beach, a relaxed medina and a vibrant fishing harbour.
Flight Information

Morocco is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.

When to go

There are no two ways about it: Morocco is a scorcher. Summers can get up to 40°C in July and August, although in coastal areas like Agadir, you’ve got the sea breeze taking the edge off. The heat is more tolerable in spring and autumn, when averages hover in the mid-20s. Remember to pack a jacket, though – things can cool down rapidly once the sun goes down.

Visa Information

Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Morocco.

Tipping

There are no specific rules for tipping in Morocco. An upmarket restaurant may add on a service charge, so check your bill carefully. Otherwise, aim to leave around 10%. In taxis, it’s acceptable to just round up the fare. It’s a good idea to have some small change on you for paying taxis and tipping guides.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Morocco is Arabic. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our pick of the top hotels in Morocco
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Dar L'Oussia

Morocco, Essaouira
• Boutique riad hotel with 24 rooms
Spa includes traditional Moroccan hammam
Stunning panoramic views from the solarium terrace

Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Morocco, Marrakech
  • Located 20 minutes from the medina
  • 6 bars and restaurants
  • 3,500m² spa and 18-hole golf course

Four Seasons Marrakech

Morocco, Marrakech
Located in 17 acres of Moorish gardens
5 restaurants and bars
Kids club and teen facilities

Heure Bleue Palais

Morocco, Essaouira
•  33 rooms and suites in a riad-style accommodation
•  Heated swimming pool on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views
•  Wellness Centre offers a traditional Hammam experience

Kasbah Tamadot

Morocco, Atlas Mountains
Just 28 luxurious rooms and suites
A range of trips and excursions are available
3 pools, gym, spa, tennis courts and outdoor cinema nights

La Maison Arabe

Morocco, Marrakech
•  Two famous gourmet restaurants
•  Only 26 rooms and suites
•  Complimentary shuttle bus to the country club
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