Cheap Holidays to Morocco
Morocco Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in Morocco
With stunning architecture, wonderful food, beautiful beaches and a breath-taking desert, a holiday in Morocco will be an unforgettable experience. Whether you fancy a camel ride in the Sahara, a vacation at a seaside resort with a spa or a shopping spree in the markets of Marrakech, you can do it all in the welcoming country of Morocco. Accommodation in Morocco ranges from luxurious 5-star and boutique resorts to cheaper more relaxed hotels. Whatever your preference Morocco offers a place to stay for all.
Where to Stay
The city of Agadir is located on the southern part of Morocco’s Atlantic coast at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, where the stunning setting makes it a popular resort destination to spend an idyllic holiday. If you’re a keen golfer, then you’re in luck as Agadir is well known for its picturesque golf courses while the large sandy beach and seaside promenade are perfect for those who enjoy long walks along the shore and working on their tan all day long. Cafes, restaurants and various bars line the seaside promenade where you can unwind with a delicious meal and cold beverage.
Casablanca was originally made famous by the film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and has become a popular travel destination for fans of the classic motion picture. Located in western Morocco this multicultural city faces the Atlantic Ocean and features stunning coastal views and architecture. With a French colonial legacy, it blends Moorish and European art deco styles making it a haven for holidaymakers looking for a little culture. Another sight to behold is the Hassan II Mosque that stands grandly above the water and features a 210 m minaret that is topped with lasers directed towards Mecca. With its colonial heritage, Casablanca offers a bustling nightlife with many bars and restaurants as well as thrilling live entertainment.
If a culture-filled city break sounds like your ideal holiday then you must visit the city of Fez, located in the north-eastern part of the country. Widely known as Morocco’s cultural capital it boasts the Fes El Bali walled medina which showcases the medieval architecture with intricate carvings and ornate tiles. The vibrant souks are also a sight to behold and with its historical buildings, the whole town has the feel of the old world.
The most popular tourist destination for those travelling on holiday to Morocco is Marrakech. With a long, imperial history it is now a major economic hub that combines modern life with Middle Eastern tradition. With beautiful mosques and palaces there is plenty to take in for fans of stunning architecture and Moroccan culture. The Majorelle Gardens located on Rue Yves Saint Laurent are an absolute must see with their exotic foliage and the cubist villa which now houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, the Berber Museum and the Musee Yves Saint Laurent. If holiday shopping is what you’re after head to the walled medina which consists of a maze of alleyways, home to thriving souks that sell traditional textiles, jewellery, pottery and souvenirs. A view that will accompany you on your holiday to Marrakech is the Moorish minaret of the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque which is synonymous with the city.
What to Eat
Moroccan cuisine is world renowned and famous for its subtle spices and bold combination of flavours so a holiday to Morocco is bound to be filled with some delicious meals. Fresh coriander, cumin and chilli all add a warming quality to the food. A mix of Spanish, Arabian and French cuisine, Moroccan food has it all. A traditional Tagine is a must have for any self-respecting foodie, as is a rich and creamy harira or Zaalouk, which is a delicious smoked aubergine dish. Remember to finish the meal with a hot glass of fresh mint tea which is exactly the soothing, refreshing tonic you need after a big meal and lots of couscous.
Morocco is famous for its marketplaces, known as soukhs, and therefore a super popular shopping destination. Haggling is key and it’s best to practice before you go as the shopkeepers will try and take you for a ride. From Fes to Marrakech, vendors will want to get your attention with the ‘best deals’, ‘fantastic quality’ and ‘one of a kind designs’. Stand your ground and don’t be afraid to walk away if you feel you are being misled, and feel free to shop around. That being said, there is plenty to buy whether it’s for yourself or holiday souvenirs. Moroccan leather is popular and of very high quality and you can’t go wrong with a beautiful rug or carpet and staying on the interior design route, a gorgeous lamp or lantern is the perfect addition to any home. Morocco is also known for Argan oil and its many health and beauty benefits, so be sure to stock up.
When it comes to nightlife, Morocco certainly has a colourful one. Once the night falls, it comes alive with cozy restaurants, chic night clubs, trendy bars and pubs. Check out the thumping live music in a Marrakesh club. Or head down to the Djemma el Fna Square where you’ll find live music, street entertainers and acrobats. Agadir is perfect for a more low –key nightlife. Think comfy lounges in sunken floors with cocktails. If you’re all about that chic lifestyle Casablanca is packed with stylish bars and art deco clubs.
Fast Facts about Morocco
- Direct flight time: 4.5 hours from London
- Time Zone: CET (+1 hour)
- Currency: Dirham
- Language: Arabic
- Average price of a domestic beer: 26 MAD
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 96 MAD