Just a few hours flight from the UK, Morocco feels like a world away. Enjoy the exotic sights, sounds and scents of Marrakech’s medina, home to the labyrinthine souks as well as the snake-charmers, fortune-tellers, musicians and food stalls of Djemaa el-Fna square.
Discover the narrow alleyways, workshops and bazaars of the ancient medina in Fez; stroll along the harbour-side corniche in Casablanca; take in the sights of the bustling capital, Rabat; or relax in the charming seafront city of Essaouira.
To explore this intriguing country further, head inland to the green valleys, snow-topped peaks and traditional Berber villages of the magnificent Atlas Mountain range, and the vastness of the Sahara Desert.View all tours to Morocco
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10-15% is usual.
Dirham (MAD) 1MAD = 100 santimat - it is sometimes possible to obtain Dirhams outside of Morocco, however we advise against this, due to inflated exchange rates and also an import limit of 1000MAD. It is more advisable to obtain currency on arrival in Morocco, at the airport Bureau de Change, at a bank or a hotel. It is possible to withdraw local currency from ATM cash machines using your bank’s debit card. ATM’s are available in most towns and cities – although please be aware that there is nowhere to exchange money nor any ATM’s in Erfoud or Ouarzazate. You must ensure that you keep the exchange receipts for each transaction, as they may be required when converting your Dirhams back into Sterling when leaving Morocco as Moroccan Dirhams cannot be taken out of Morocco. This needs to be done landside at the airport before going through to airside, as Dirhams are not accepted in the Duty Free shops. Euros are often accepted, as payment in larger shops and restaurants but the exchange rate can be poor.
Based mainly on Berber traditions with a blend of Mediterranean ingredients and eastern spices, Moroccan cuisine can include Tagines (a slow cooked stew), couscous, argan oil and sweet mint tea. Alcohol is available in most hotels except on the holy day of Friday.
Goodbye- Ma'a salama,
Please- Min fádlak (to a man)/ Min fádlik (to a woman),
Thank you- Shúkran,
Yes- Náam, No- La
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Inland and in the south of the country, the weather is hot with a continental climate and limited rainfall. In the coastal areas, the warm Mediterranean climate can be affected by coastal winds and rainfall is possible throughout the year. In the mountains, temperatures are significantly cooler.
For the latest country specific information please check the website for National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org
No visa is needed for British nationals to enter Morocco. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
From London to Morocco is approx 3 hours and 15 mins
Where can I fly from?
Currently our Morocco tours all depart from London Gatwick. For the most up-to-date flight information, speak to our travel advisors or take a look on the individual holiday pages.
Where do I fly to?
We fly in and out of Marrakech for our Morocco package holidays.
What are the hotel options?
Riads, desert camps, kasbahs – there are some fantastic options when it comes to places to stay in Morocco. To see where you’ll be staying on our holidays, visit the individual tour pages or ask our travel advisors for details.
What’s the local transport like in Morocco?
We tend to travel by coach and 4WD, though our ‘Splendours of Morocco’ tour also includes travel by camel (we use them to get to our desert camp). Outside the main cities, bear in mind that roads can be uneven and winding (especially in the Atlas Mountains).
Perhaps one of the most famous cities in Africa, Casablanca is a melting pot of different cultures and while much of it is modelled on Marseille - most notable in its wide avenues and public parks - you will also see numerous Moorish structures and the Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest such buildings in the world.
Make the most of your visit to Casablanca and visit the ancient quarter, which dates back to before the city was occupied by France, to see a range of historic architecture.
You can uncover plenty of culture and history during a holiday to Marrakech, also known as the Red City. Situated near the foot of the Atlas Mountains, it is perhaps best known for its labyrinth of small, winding alleys and streets that are lined with stalls and souks selling all manner of goods.
This is the ideal place to pick up souvenirs of your trip - although you should be prepared to haggle in order to get a good price - and by visiting the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square you can see everything from blanket weavers and rug merchants selling their wares to snake-charmers and fortune-tellers performing, before heading to one of the numerous rooftop cafes for a coffee.
Other attractions include the 19th-century Bahia Palace, Agdal Gardens and the Museum of Marrakech, which contains examples of traditional and contemporary art, as well as Berber, Jewish and Arab artefacts.
A cultural holiday in Morocco would not be complete without a trip to Fez. Not only is it home to the oldest continuously functioning university in the world - the University of Al-Karaouine, which was founded in 859 AD - but the old town district of Fes el Bali also has UNESCO World Heritage status and you can see the locals go about their lives in a traditional manner.
Visit the Andalusian and Karaoiune quarters of the city and you'll be able to pick up a range of locally produced handicrafts.
Separating the Sahara from the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco's Atlas Mountains not only contain dramatic scenery, but also offers a glimpse into the country's rich history.
Travel through the Todgha Gorge and the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs and you'll get to see several of the famous fortified villages. Perhaps among the most fascinating of these is Tinerhir.
Encircled by palms and palmeries, this historic town high up in the mountain range provided refuge for Moroccan chieftains while the country was occupied by the French.
This is a great place to find out more about Berber culture - not only in the architecture of the buildings, but also by sampling traditional dishes and seeing the locals wear haik, a type of heavy cloak.
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