Morocco villa holiday guide

Morocco offers a mesmerising and profound travel experience. Whether alone or in a group, there is plenty to explore and enjoy in this vibrant country.

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Morocco villa holiday Guide

With our stunning selection of spacious luxury villas, many within easy reach of Marrakech, you can explore this vibrant country as much or as little as you please.

Famous for its stunning city lights, colourful tanneries, sunsets and mint tea, this North African country is one of only three nations which boast both Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. This makes Morocco an ideal location for a wide range of getaways, from beach lounging on the Atlantic coast to mountain hiking in the Atlas Mountains.

Graced with intricate Islamic architecture, desert scenery, and an intriguing soundscape, from the buzz of mopeds to the keening Muslim call to prayer, our perfectly located villas in Morocco provide visitors with the base for a richly textured experience.

Travelling to Morocco

Convenient flights from the UK and Europe have made Marrakech a popular holiday destination. In addition, with both SPAIN and PORTUGAL being so near (under two hours away by plane), Morocco is an excellent choice for travellers looking to hop from Europe to Africa.

An important point to remember when visiting is that Moroccan Dirham is a non-convertible currency, meaning it can’t be brought into or out of the country. Bring British pounds, US Dollars or Euro with you and exchange them upon arrival, and ensure you don’t have any Dirhams left before you travel home!

Marrakech Airport

When to visit Morocco

Morocco has a dry continental climate and temperatures peak in July and August. Ideal travelling months for Morocco tend to be April - June and September - November when the weather is warm - ideal  for exploring – from our villas with private pools. Throughout the year, temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees, making it a fantastic choice for villa holidays. Look to spring time for when the country is at its most stunning; the ideal backdrop and temperature for exploration and hiking (March to May), or autumn for swimmers and beach-goers (September to October).

Ait Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains

Shopping in Morrocco

Shopping in Morocco can be so absorbing that you might want to make it the primary focus of a trip. Marrakech, Essaouira, and Fez all have well-stocked souks, each offering handicrafts, silver jewellery, leather goods, lanterns, carpets, and pottery. By scouring the alleyways, you will find a host of other distinctive items, such as antique camel saddles, musical instruments, and brightly coloured spices piled into cones. Traditionally, different parts of each bazaar specialise in different products, making it relatively straightforward to get to grips with bargaining. Although the main dialect of the country is Arabic, English is fast emerging in larger cities, making haggling far easier! 

Traditional ceramic pottery in Essaouira

Unearth Morocco’s history

Populated originally by Berbers, and later shaped by a succession of colonialists—Arab, French, and Spanish—Morocco is richly endowed with ancient rock engravings and intricately formed cities, and stuffed with outstanding monuments and architecture. For the best preserved prehistoric sites, head for the Atlas foothills of southern Morocco. The crumbling, majestic walls and towers of the kasbahs at Telouet and Aït Benhaddou near Ouarzazate are unforgettable, too, as are the labyrinthine streets of Fez, the most complete Medieval city in the Arab world. Our Moroccan villas provide the perfect home from home to spend your days uncovering all the area has to offer.

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou in the Atlas Mountains

Eating and drinking in Morocco

The dishes most strongly associated with Morocco are couscous (made from a local wheat), piled high with meat and vegetables, and tajines, aromatic stews of meat, vegetables, fruit, and spices cooked slowly in a heavy ceramic pot. Kebabs are also a favourite, and to start a meal, you may be offered harira, a thick, nourishing soup of spicy beans and pasta, or a finely chopped salad. If you’re bringing the family, you can always visit the food markets and watch your villa staff prepare you a Moroccan feast within the comfort of your villa!

Delicious breakfast in Moroccan style

Explore Moroccan countryside

The crumpled crags of the Atlas Mountains dominate inland Morocco. Here, for some, life unfolds in a manner that has changed little since Medieval times, making exploring on foot, by bike, by vehicle, or in a mule train an absorbing experience. The coastal plains at the foot of the mountains may seem featureless by comparison, but are pretty in spring when the grasses are fresh and the fruit trees are in flower. Beyond the mountains, to the south-east, the desert proper begins—head here for a taste of the endless dunes and scattered oases of the Sahara.

Ouzoud waterfalls, Grand Atlas

Moroccan arts and culture

A collision of creative forces from Morocco’s Berber, West African, Arab, and European communities make this fertile territory for music making. June brings two world-famous annual festivals, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music and the Gnawa World Music Festival in Essaouira. Both welcome acts and visitors from round the globe for a shared celebration of Moroccan, Arab, and African music and culture. The standard of traditional craftsmanship in Morocco is exceptionally high, and textile, ceramic and marquetry workshops are often open to the public.

Experience Morocco’s cities

Morocco’s principal cities hug the Atlantic Ocean or recline on the plains just inland, with the vastness of the Atlas Mountains and their dusty foothills at their backs. Most holidaymakers overlook Rabat, the capital, and the cinematically famous city of Casablanca in favour of the alleyways and squares of Marrakech– where the majority of our Moroccan villas reside - the beach resorts of Agadir, or the breezy, bohemian charms of Essaouira. Other notable cities to visit include elegant, historic Fez, famous for its architecture and June music festival, and Ouarzazate, known as ‘the door of the desert’.

Courtyard at El Bahia Palace