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Down a tiny alley in Marrakech's ancient, higgledy-piggledy medina, you round a switchback turn and happen upon a tiny, nondescript door in the wall. The street itself is unrecognisable from the many you've travelled down to get here, but this one is different. Your driver knocks hard, once, on the door, and as it swings open to unveil what's inside your jaw drops in surprise: in the middle of this frenetic, muddled city you have found an oasis, where shimmering ornate tiles line the floors to the ceilings, palm trees flutter in the gentlest of breezes and a tinkling fountain sits in the middle of the courtyard. This is your hotel, and in keeping with the rest of Morocco, it's full of surprises.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the people...who welcome you into their home in the Atlas Mountains with mint tea and a delicious breakfast. Life at home will be a distant memory at this point and you’ll learn all about new cultures and how people live in the inhospitable mountain habitat – which is ironic, as they are some of the friendliest people you’ll come across anywhere in the world. While you’re here we’ll take you on an exhilarating adventure tour of the region, with the fertile foothills and craggy peaks. This is not a normal tour, however. Oh no. You’ll see the scenery by zip-line, hurtling along as you take in the fresh air, miles away from the dusty plains of the Sahara. You’ll explore on horseback (sure-footed ponies are surely better in this terrain) and practise your aim with an archery lesson. Craft workshops will whet your appetite for what’s next to come: cooking lessons in Marrakech. This is quite the contrast to the airy quiet of the mountains. Rambling bazaars piled with handicrafts, endless food stalls and the smell of fragrant spices and baking bread at every turn, you’ll shop for ingredients in markets before cooking a delicious traditional tagine that you can enjoy for dinner before watching the rosy hue of the dying sun reflecting off pink clay walls.
From the urban oasis of Marrakech to a real-life desert experience, you'll be whisked away towards the Sahara, travelling over mountain roads past rustic kasbahs to Ouarzazate;the scenery might be vaguely familiar, and it should be, it's been the set of many a Hollywood blockbuster. In the vast dunes of Erg Chebbi you'll bed down in your own private camp of traditional Arabic caidal tents, taking to the sand during the day for dune bashing or camel riding, with dinner every night under the starry desert skies. From the dunes of the desert to the dunes of the coast, your last stop is the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira. The laid-back city is renowned for its white-washed walls and charming streets packed with seafood restaurants. Here you can spend some time on the beach before you head back to reality, throwing yourself into the waves on a windsurf or kite surfing and making the most of the windy beaches.
Did you know...
- In the Atlas Mountains the colour of your djellaba (traditional dress) indicates your relationship status –like a Facebook update for your wardrobe
- Fez hats are actually from Fes: the red colour comes from
local crimson berries which were once used as dye
- A tagine can be made with any variety of meat, vegetables and spices
- The Jardin Majorelle was once owned by fashion designer Yves
Saint Laurent. His ashes were scattered here
- The famous Kasbah at Ait Benhaddou was featured in Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and The Mummy – only 10 families remain here
- The different Berber dialects vary so much that different
tribes struggle to understand each other!
- Arabic is the official language but Morocco is the perfect place to practise your French!
- Spain is only nine miles north of Morocco –on a clear day
you can see the coastline
The town of Essaouira was designed by the same Frenchman who
conceived Brittany's famous port town of Saint-Malo
- The heat from the many bakeries in Marrakech is recycled to warm the hammams located next door
Family itineraries in Morocco
Our preferred family accommodation in Morocco
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Nights: 7 | from £2,495
Spend seven nights meandering the souks, bazaars and medinas of Morocco’s most intoxicating cities before heading up into the Atlas Mountains for a hit of fresh air.
Highlights of Morocco
Nights: 7 | from £1,395
Immerse yourself in the history and exotic atmosphere of Marrakech before heading to the beautiful Atlas Mountains for some relaxation and mountain air. Then head to the attractive and historic coastal town of Essaouira.
Morocco in Style
Nights: 9 | from £3,195
Begin with Morocco’s biggest city, Casablanca, take a tour of the historic imperial city of Fes, ramble over Roman ruins, spend a peaceful night under the Sahara desert skies, and absorb the exotic atmosphere of Marrakech.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in Morocco
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