A Moroccan holiday is all you’ve been dreaming of. But you have kids. So what? Having kids shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dream vacation. Why not bring the whole family to Morocco?
Morocco is one of the top destinations for a family vacation. It’s genuinely friendly, safe, and has a magical feel that will enchant everyone. A deal breaker: It’s inexpensive and the country is a short flight away from many attractions in Europe.
The souks (commercial quarters), hammams (public bath houses), colorful and lively bazaars and markets where you can find exotic spices and treasures, camel rides, remote Berber villages, and many more – you’ll leave Morocco with memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some of the destinations you shouldn’t miss:
Marrakech is an international tourism hotspot. It is known for the bustling activities of its craftsmen and shopkeepers.
At the Jemaa el Fna Square, the largest square in Africa, you can see Berber merchants and peddlers reuniting traditional trades (fortune tellers, herbalists, tooth pullers) and entertainers (fire eaters, snake charmers, acrobats). You and your family will also be amazed by how beautiful the Majorelle Garden is, a botanical masterpiece that houses a collection of Islamic art.
Marrakech is home to great architectures: the Almorevide (12th-c koubba), the splendid Bab Agnaou (12th-c ornamental doorway), Medersa Ben Youssef (a 16th-c Koranic school), El Badii Palace (16th-c), and the magnificently proportioned Mouassine and Echrab au Chouf fountains. A trip to Makkarech isn’t complete without a visit to the richly decorated Koutoubia Mosque (12th-c).
Spend 3 or more days at Oukaimeden, the largest ski resort in North Africa. During the off-season the resort serves as a base from which you can explore the eastern Moroccan terrain. As you and your kids hike along a meandering path heading to Tizi Atar, discover Neolithic etchings of prehistoric civilizations. This is just an icing to the cake. You’ll be astounded by the breathtaking view when you reach the mountaintop.
Complete your Moroccan experience by visiting the world renowned Kasbah, situated at the foot of North Africa’s highest mountain. It will provide you a welcoming and exotic environment where you and your family can have a quality time together. Visit the Sidi Chamharouch, a popular pilgrimage site.
Hike to the Valley of Ouirgane where you’ll see how villagers go on with their everyday lives. You may want to visit one of the homes to get to know the Berber people and sample a favorite Moroccan snack – freshly baked bread with honey and served with mint tea.