Namaskar palace, Marrakech, Morocco: Namaskar palace, luxury hotel and spa of Marrakech, Morocco

Explore: Morocco

Just a four-hour flight from the UK, Morocco is perfect for adventurous mini breaks: where else offers such exotic, fabled cities and landscapes within such easy reach?

Holidays to Morocco

But there’s more to Morocco than weekend flings: to really scratch the surface, you should spend a week or two exploring its highlights: the souks and riad hotels of Marrakech; the luxurious desert camps of the Sahara; the arty, laid-back coastal town of Essaouira.

The more you delve into to Morocco, the more you’ll add to your wishlist: hiking between hilltop kasbah hotels in the Atlas mountains, perhaps? A week of haggling (and eating) your way around the treasure-stuffed markets of Fez? Morocco rewards the adventurous – so what are you waiting for?

Take a seat in Marrakech’s Djemaa el Fna and watch the world go by – complete with a few acrobats and musicians too

Where to go

Marrakech’s medina (marketplace) is an assault on the senses. An array of brightly coloured clothes and jewels, the aromatic fragrance of spices floating through the air, and the sound of tourists haggling over carpets and coffee pots. Soak it all up: take a seat at a café in Djemaa el Fna and watch the world go by – complete with a few acrobats and musicians too.

The quieter, laid-back coastal town of Essaouira offers respite from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech – with charming cobbled streets and a medina stuffed with beautiful local crafts. Feeling intrepid? Hire a camel or 4×4 to reach the surreal landscape of Erg Chigaga, or organise a three-day trek in the Atlas Mountains, staying in atmospheric old fortress hotels.

When to go

Spring and autumn are the most popular times to visit Morocco when the weather is warm and pleasant, providing the best conditions for trekking and city-exploring. From 2018-2020, Ramadan will fall between April and late-May: expect some shop and restaurant closures, but generally a more relaxed and unhurried pace to the cities – which can be a relief.

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