COLOURFUL, VIBRANT AND FASCINATING
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.
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.
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