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COLOURFUL, VIBRANT AND FASCINATING


Morocco, situated in North Africa, has an enormous geographical diversity and a wealth of natural and man-made assets and offers the visitor an authentic cultural experience. Spanning from the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, across the towering and rugged Atlas Mountains to the vast Sahara Desert, this is a stunning country with a rich culture and history.
 
Although it is only a short-hop away from the UK (flight time of just 3 hours) it is a world away culturally. The tradition and order of Europe are suddenly swept aside by the colour, vibrancy and excitement of Africa and Islam, which really wakes the senses.
 
Discover the wonderful souks and markets, the Kasbahs, the medinas, historical forts and ramparts, and the superb architecture of the wonderful historic and ancient cities such as Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes and Rabat; or take to the waters and participate in an array of watersports and then laze on wonderful beaches in coastal cities such as Essaouira, Agadir & Tangier. Morocco has also established itself as a popular destination with golfers and now has 18 courses spread across the country, with plans for further courses over the next few years. The country is also perfect for those seeking an active holiday, its landscapes making it ideal for walking and cycling enthusiasts who will enjoy hiking/cycling in the High Atlas Mountains.
 
Over recent years there has been a great development in the standard of accommodation on offer and today the standard of accommodation across the country is high and varies from exquisite Riad’s and stunning boutique hotels to 5-star resort hotels. There are further luxury hotels and resorts planned as tourism becomes a more important proposition for the government.
 
The country offers some of the most diverse cuisine in the world due to centuries of interaction with other countries – the Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French have all left a mark, whilst the local influence adds much colour and spice. This diversity of cuisines means that fusion isn’t a new trend in Morocco, and chefs will often blend Mediterranean, Arabic, Persian, West African and Berber influences. Local specialities include the diffa, an elaborate multi-course feast featuring couscous and grilled meats, and tagines, fragrant stews of meat, vegetables or fish, named after the distinctive conical earthenware vessel they’re cooked in.
 
Morocco is a country that feels like a whole new world waiting to be explored, so whether you are looking for a fascinating short-break, a week of winter sun, or a touring holiday taking in a variety of interesting cities then Morocco may just appeal.

    • Flight Time:Approx 3 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +1 hour
           
            • Language: Arabic is the official language, with Berber being the language of the country’s first inhabitants, who form a majority. French is widely spoken with Spanish being predominant in the North. English is also spoken in major tourist areas.
               
                • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
                   
                    • Area: 274,500 square miles (slightly larger than the size of the UK)
                       
                        • Total coastline: more than 1,800 miles
                           
                            • Population: Approx. 33 million
                               
                                • Capital: Rabat

Morocco generally enjoys a great climate year round with perfect conditions in Spring and Autumn, high 30’s in the summer and pleasant temperatures in the winter. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by south-west trade winds. Inland areas are hotter and drier, although temperatures drop as you head into the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. In the south (Sahara), the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, with the majority of the country being mostly having a dry climate in the mountains.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The peak season for travel to Morocco is over the dry summer months of June to September but you can basically travel to the country year round. In the summer the temperature can get very hot and up to 40°C. You will find the temperature to be very pleasant in spring and autumn (mid 20’s) and even the winter is a good time to travel to escape the cold and wet UK winter with average temperature around 15°C.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into Morocco.

OUR TOP PICKS

 

LA MAMOUNIA – MOROCCO

Situated between the city centre and the old Medina, La Mamounia is a luxury hotel that is ideally located at the of the 12th century ramparts with key historical & cultural sites close by.
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RIAD FARNATCHI – MOROCCO

This well renowned luxury Riad, situated in the magnificent city of Marrakech won Trip Advisor’s "Travellers Choice 2013" making it an extremely popular hotel with excellent service and hospitality.
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LA SULTANA OUALIDIA

The magic of Oualidia’s lagoon and the tides provide a constantly-changing back veil for this luxury hotel. Poised on the edge of the ocean, in a site of great ecological importance, La Sultana Oualidia will attract, captivate, energise and sooth in equal measure.
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WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

MARRAKECH

This vibrant city is full of energy and is buzzing with atmosphere, offering an exotic and exciting taste of North Africa. This is a city that makes the most of its position and is steeped in history and legend, ablaze with colour, adorned with stunning architecture and filled with wonderful aromas.
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ATLAS MOUNTAINS & SAHARA

The Atlas Mountains are North Africa’s highest range. Stretching six hundred miles diagonally across Morocco, they're renowned for the beauty of their remote snow capped peaks and deep gorges. The vast Sahara Desert offers a real sense of space, remoteness and solitude.
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CASABLANCA

This movie-star famous city is the heartbeat of Morocco and is renowned for its avant-garde architectural beauty, mixing modernism and advancements in technology with tradition and history to create a unique style.
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RABAT, MEKNES & FEZ

The great Imperial Cities of Rabat, Fez and Meknes have you stepping back in time. Each city is steeped in culture and heritage, but also offers an abundance of outstanding restaurants and interesting nightlife.
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AGADIR

Agadir benefits from a warm climate year round and offers an endless beach that stretches along the Atlantic with its dunes hiding a fascinating city, that combines old world charm with modernisation.
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ESSAOUIRA & EL JADIDA

Essaouira is a beautiful Atlantic coastal town that is famous for its laid back atmosphere and long, sandy beach. The historic city of El Jadida dominates a natural bay of great beauty and offers high end hotels, golf courses, casinos and boutiques.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

ADVENTURES OF ATLAS MOUNTAIN

Explore the diverse range of landscapes Morocco is home to on this luxury Holiday. Stay in 3 amazing accommodations to grasp a taste of culture and sites within the country, they are all home to some amazing activities which you can experience..
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CITIES OF MOROCCO

Explore the cities of Morocco on this 11 day luxury itinerary. You will be visiting the stunning cities of Marrakesh, Fez, Rabat and Casa Blanca staying in some of the most luxury accommodation. You can explore the culture and sightings Morocco has to offer.
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MOROCCO IN A NUTSHELL

Explore the diverse range of landscapes Morocco is home to on this luxury holiday. You will be staying 3 stunning accommodations to grasp a taste of culture and sites within the country, all to benefit your experience of the country you are visiting.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to Morocco. Call 01778 382764