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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Morocco , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

The historic city of Marrakech attracts a fashionable crowd of winter sun-seekers, together with fashionistas, hedonists and idealists who travel in search of adventure amidst its souks, riads and chic bars. Morocco is not short on natural beauty either; there are the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, with North Africa’s highest peak (Jebel Toubkal) to conquer; the Sahara to trek through and the Dades Valley to witness – an Old Testament wilderness to rival the Grand Canyon.

Marrakech
The third largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is nicknamed the ‘Red City’ after the crimson colour of its ramparts, houses and monuments. An oasis in a desert-like landscape, it's mostly famed for its markets, souks and artefacts. The focal point is the celebrated square and marketplace, Jemaa el Fna, which is thronged day and night with a carnival of local life. Towering over the scene is the stately Minaret de la Koutoubia, a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city’s residents. Within the ancient Medina you’ll find palace buildings and bazaars filled with master craftsmen fashioning their tapestries, pottery and jewellery. Meanwhile, the more European Modern District of Gueliz is full-to-bursting with nightclubs, big-brand stores and New World cuisine.

Atlas Mountains
Whether taking an excursion into, or staying in the Atlas Mountains, there is plenty to see and the area offers a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It’s a lush and varied area, with plenty of opportunities to take photos of dramatic scenery including the snow-capped mountains. There are picturesque Berber villages in the Asni Valley and you can visit traditional markets with a Guide and observe the bartering that goes on between locals.

El Jadida
Coastal El Jadida (once known as Mazagan) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortified city that also boasts lovely beaches and golfing opportunities nearby. Casablanca is not too far away and is a cosmopolitan city worthy of exploration.

General Information
CapitalRabat
LanguageMorrocan
Time Difference-3 hours
CurrencyMorrocan Dirham
Voltage230V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Climate+

Morocco is a year-round destination, enjoying high temperatures and low rainfall and humidity, but the best time to visit is from October to May as mid-summer temperatures can soar to over 100°C.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Morocco.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1832
February2035
March2231
April2439
May2714
June314
July361
August362
September326
October2722
November2238
December1925

Highlights+

Marrakech
We suggest you visit Majorelle Gardens, named after their creator, the French artist, Jacques Majorelle. The area is now maintained by global fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent, and features pools, banana trees and coconut palms. Alternatively, venture to the souks for trinkets and souvenirs as well as more unusual objects, such as Moroccan clothing.

Atlas Mountains
The mountains and their hidden gems can be discovered on foot, by 4x4 vehicle, on mountain bike, on horse-back or even on a mule - with the assistance of a Guide. There are a host of areas to trek including the Ouirgane Valley, Tacheddirt Valley and Toubkal National Park. In the high Atlas Mountains there is even a ski resort, Oukaïmeden. A host of adventure activities to suit all levels of ability are available for guests staying at our featured property, Kasbah Tamadot.

El Jadida
If you wish to have some time away from the beach, El Jadida offers a Portuguese-influenced city, an authentic medina, a souk, and a fish market.

Getting There+

Flight Information
Emirates direct from Dubai to Casablanca.
Etihad Airways direct from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Casablanca.
Onward connecting flights to Marrakech.

Flight Time
From Dubai to Casablanca: 8 hours, 45 minutes.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Cooking Demonstrations
Enjoy cooking demonstrations or join a lesson in the art of Moroccan cuisine, including delicious tagines, at Kasbah Tamadot.

Ramadan
Ramadan Observed for one month each year, Ramadan is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.

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