Luxury Morocco Holidays
Situated on the north-west coast of Africa and influenced over many centuries by a range of cultures, Morocco is a vibrant and cosmopolitan country that offers a wealth of new experiences and landscapes, as well as luxurious hotels and some excellent food and shopping. Many visitors travel to several cities or regions during their stay, while others focus on one location to enjoy specific activities, such as skiing (parts of Morocco are very mountainous), hiking, climbing, or fishing.
The capital of Morocco is Rabat, but Casablanca is its biggest city. Other major centres include Agadir, Tangier, Fes, and Marrakesh. Arabic is the official language, but French and English are widely spoken, particularly in the cities.
When to visit
In Morocco the weather conditions vary by region, but broadly speaking Morocco is extremely hot and dry in summer. It can be surprisingly chilly in winter and experiences considerable rainfall between winter and early spring. Add to this the fact that modest dress (shoulders and knees covered) is appropriate for both men and women, and it can be a challenge to stay cool during the summer. Many Europeans, therefore, find late spring and/or early autumn to be the best times to visit Morocco.
To sum up
Morocco is a diverse and exciting country that is an ideal location for five-star holidays. Why not browse our luxury holidays and start planning a trip today?
The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco , however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries. The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of 1000DH. Currency purchased during a visit to Morocco should be converted back before departing the country, with the exception of the 1000Dh level.
Morocco has a good public transport infrastructure, although delays do occur, so it can be a good idea to build a little extra time into the itinerary. Trains, buses, and collective taxis (known as grands taxis) are all options, although using any form of car transport in Morocco can be daunting. The road network is good, so driving is possible, but frequently terrifying and dangerous due to the general aggression on the roads coupled with a lack of road safety awareness.
Morocco, and in particular its big cities, offers a range of lodging, including the very best in luxury hotels. Many of Morocco's five-star hotels combine the opulence and luxury of their international counterparts with the local warmth and hospitality of which Morocco is so rightly proud.
Morocco is a place of stunning natural beauty and fascinating, intriguing places, including hundreds of mosques, palaces, and other historic sites. For those who prefer their luxury holidays more relaxed, the country offers superb beaches and coastal resorts, while the more active visitor may enjoy skiing and hiking or visiting some of the country's stunning mountain ranges, such as the High Atlas and Oregano Mountains.
Below are other key Moroccan attractions:
• Hassan II Mosque – Located in Casablanca, this striking mosque was completed in 1993 and is the second largest in the world, with the tallest minaret. It offers beautiful views over the ocean and, unlike the majority of Moroccan mosques, is open to people of all faiths. Guided tours are available.
• Souss-Massa National Park – Just outside Agadir, this vast national park was established in 1991. It covers a diverse habitat that includes sand dunes, cliffs, and forests and is home to a spectacular array of bird species and other animals, including wild cats, lizards, reptiles, and amphibians. Souss-Massa National Park draws natural history enthusiasts from across the world.
• Museum of Moroccan Arts – Housed in an exquisite former palace in the Medina of Tangier, this museum presents a wide range of Moroccan textiles, ceramics, jewellery, and metalwork.
The souks and markets of Morocco are among the great joys of a trip to the country and offer an unforgettable shopping experience. No visitor to Morocco should go home without having visited at least one. In larger cities, such as Marrakesh, there may be a range of souks, each dedicated to a particular type of product, such as crafts or food. Do remember that in the souks and markets, bargaining is expected, and the initial price quoted is never the price that is paid.
Festivals and events
Moroccans celebrate all of the Islamic festivals, and during Ramadan, some business may operate with reduced hours during the day.
The range and style of food offered in Morocco varies by region. Casablanca is famous for its café culture, while eateries of Fes and Marrakesh tend to be tucked away in the winding back streets. A range of international cuisines is available, as well as traditional Moroccan fare, particularly in larger cities.
Morocco Essential Facts
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