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Holidays to Morocco

Mesmerising Holidays to Morocco

Located in the north-western portion of Africa, Morocco boasts a population of nearly 34 million residents and is also one of the most sought-after holiday destinations on the planet.  This largely due to a cooler climate than other African countries, copious amounts of sun, amazing beaches, its proximity to Europe and a rich history.  Whether arriving here by cruise ship or plane, a wealth of fun and excitement surely await.  It is still important that you plan ahead and that you make certain that you know the best places to visit.  Let's take a “crash course” in the attractions of this country as well as some metrics to address before your departure.

The Sights and Sounds

There are a number of historical man-made attractions that should never be missed.  Many of these are located in major cities such as Casablanca, Marrakesh, Tangier and Fes.  Some of the top-rated sights include the cultural centre at Jemaa el-Fnaa, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bou Inania Madrasa and the large shopping complex of Casablanca Twin Centre.  If you are more interested in history, you will not be let down.  Some interesting venues to fully appreciate include the Casablanca Cathedral, the Andalusian Gardens, the mausoleum of Mohammed V, the ruins of El Badi Palace and the Rabat Archaelogical Museum.  

On the other hand, Morocco is also home to a truly stunning array of natural attractions.  Perhaps the most famous of these can be seen in the towering peaks of the Atlas Mountains.  It is possible to procure tours of these majestic areas.  The Menara Gardens, the Souss-Massa Natural Park and the beautiful shores of Cape Malabata are some pristine examples of nature at its finest.  

The Best Times to Visit

Depending upon where you intend on staying, the climate can vary from Mediterranean to desert.  Thus, you should plan your trip accordingly.  Temperatures are known to exceed 45ºC in the height of the summer while winters here tend to be cool and dry.  So, many will choose an excursion in the autumn or the early spring. The only trade-off here is that these are the very same times when the number of tourists peaks.  

The other main area to address is the cost of the journey.  Peak tourist seasons are known to be much more expensive in terms of flights.  The very same concept holds true in terms of hotels and accommodations.  One common practice within many Moroccan cities is for hotel staff to change their rates based off of occupancy.  So, arriving during the off-peak season could save you a significant amount of money in terms of rental costs.  

Things to Consider Before Leaving for Morocco

Morocco is considered to be one of the safest countries in Africa for tourists.  However, it is wise to check with the government of the United Kingdom to make certain that there are no recent travel warnings.  Recall that this is a predominantly Muslim culture and you should therefore adhere to all of the rules and regulations while visiting (such as no open alcoholic beverages on the street and respecting the times of prayer each day).

Thanks to a colourful history and a number of unique attractions, Morocco is certainly an impressive location to visit for anyone who is looking for a bit of a break from the norm.  This article is only meant to serve as a rough outline of some of the things to keep in mind well ahead of your departure date.  When it comes to fun, sun and relaxation, there are few places in the world that are as unique as Morocco.