Best time to visit: March, April, May, September, October
Average high: 23˚C
Average low: 12˚C
Price of meals: 1/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture / Family / Romantic
At various points throughout history, Morocco has been ruled by African kingdoms, European empires, and Muslim dynasties, and each culture has left its mark on its people and architecture to create a nation bursting with unique-yet-somehow-familiar traditions, cuisine, and fashion. Coupled with Morocco’s unique geography—with relaxing sandy beaches, desert dunes and cities, and panoramic snow-capped mountains all within a short distance from one another—the kingdom is full of inspiring sites for you to discover on your next holiday.
To the north and west is the Atlantic Ocean, while the Mediterranean Sea borders the northeast. Consequently, Morocco’s entire northern coastline is sprinkled with calming beaches of white and golden sand. Many of these you will find them just by visiting one of the vibrant beachside cities, from Rabat and Casablanca to Agadir and Tangier. However, for less crowded beaches, it is worth travelling to more remote areas, like the oyster capital of Morocco, Oualidia, and its fabulous flamingo-filled lagoon. Meanwhile, surfers should head to Taghazout, where the sleepy fishing village contrasts with the thrilling waves at La Source and Devil’s Rock.
Morocco’s long and varied history means it is a country with stunning modern cities and ancient ruins. The palaces and mosques of Marrakech, Rabat, and Casablanca are awe-inspiring, while observing the traditions of Fez and conversing with the people of villages and desert towns is the better way to know the inhabitants. The souks are not only the perfect way for shopaholics to find a bargain, but a great way to explore cities while keeping cool in the midday heat.
Explorers, hikers and nature-lovers will want to travel inland, to take a camel or jeep across the remarkable golden dunes of the Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world, or to strap on their walking boots and explore the vistas, gorges, and waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains.
Morocco is a place where cultures merge together in harmony. Not only will you take a piece of Morocco home with you, but you’ll add a piece of yourself to this delightful cultural melting pot.
The northern coast enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, so is the ideal spot for summer tourists looking to relax on the beach and enjoy the pleasant water. However, as you approach the desert, the heat becomes much more severe and stifling. Meanwhile, the winter months are wetter and cloudier in the north, while the High Atlas Mountains are extremely cold. Consequently, spring and autumn are the best time to visit Morocco if you want to travel deeper into the country or hike the spectacular mountains. These months are also quieter in the north as they are outside of the summer peak season.
Morocco is the perfect destination for tourists looking for cheap but exotic and delicious food. An inexpensive meal for one costs between £1.65 and £4, while a filling and thrilling three-course meal for two will average just £14. Alcohol isn’t quite as cheap, with beers normally costing between £2 and £3 per bottle. However, coffee is just £1.35 per cup, and water is even cheaper at between 25p and 50p per bottle.
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