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Morocco for Families

For a family vacation that is truly unique, look no further than Morocco. A short flight takes you to the doorstep of a different world, a maze of bustling souks, ancient Kasbahs and rugged mountainscapes which are bound to enthral and excite even the youngest of imaginations. From the exotic intrigue of Marrakech, to the shifting sand dunes of the Sahara, Morocco is a playground for children.

Morocco is so full of wonder for little ones. It is a land of contrasts, warm hospitality and unique experiences which the whole family can enjoy. The kaleidoscopic colors of the Medina and the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains are as different and as spectacular as each other. The best time to visit Morocco is arguably before the fierce heat of summer takes its toll, or after it has subsided.

Marrakech is a knock-your-socks-off city for both young and old. Fall under the spell of its story book charm by navigating its labyrinth of lively souks on a treasure hunt or witnessing Djemaa el-Fna square become abuzz with the performances of magicians, snake charmers, storytellers and musicians. The Four Seasons Marrakech has established itself as one of the most exclusive resorts for families in the city. Its Kids For All Seasons Program is great for little ones, and the Young Adult Center is ideal for teens, ensuring all members of the family are entertained. The city’s Mandarin Oriental is another fantastic option for families, taking the hassle out of traveling with youngsters. From the moment you check in on camel back or roll up your sleeves in the onsite organic vegetable garden, a stay at the Mandarin Oriental is a great way to introduce kids to the real Morocco.

Only an hour outside of Marrakech is the Agafay Desert. This is the ideal option for families traveling with younger children, who might get impatient with the long drive to the Sahara. The Agafay offers many exciting activities for families like riding camels and dining under the stars as local musicians and dancers perform. This is a fun, authentic cultural experience for every member of the family.

Fes is an excellent jumping off point for a family vacation in Morocco. It’s less overwhelming than Marrakech, yet still gives a taste of all the country has to offer. Children will enjoy picnics at the historical Roman ruins of Volubilis, treasure hunts through the media, bartering with weavers and ceramicists in souks and eating their weight in sticky sweet pastries. Fes is the perfect way to introduce your children to a culture and world completely unlike their own. While in Fes, a day trip to explore Chefchaouen is a must for families.

This mystical blue city is nestled into the hills of the Rif Mountains, is made up of clusters of cubic homes, winding stairways, cobbled streets, and arches lacquered in vibrant blues. It’s a shock to the eyes, but in the best way possible. Chefchaouen is more of a village than a city, making it easily navigable for the entire family. A very safe option, it’s the only place in Morocco that we’d recommend exploring without a guide. While wandering around the medina your family is a lot less likely to be hassled by shop owners, they’re friendly, but not pushy (they may even invite you to their homes to enjoy a cup of sweet mint tea, a national delicacy), making for a welcoming environment for children. Little ones will also love petting and playing with furry new friends. The adorable street cats that roam the city will thrive on attention from your children.

Ensconcing yourself and your family in the Atlas Mountains for a few days showcases yet another side to Morocco. Take a cookery lesson and learn the nuances of authentic Berber cuisine, or trek through the dramatic scenery with adventurous teens. Kasbah Tamadot is a brilliant base camp during your stay, go fossil hunting in the mountains, search the hotel’s grounds for its resident peahens and tortoises, and hunker down to a movie night under the stars for the ultimate family stay.

Further afield, let the tales of Lawrence of Arabia come alive in the Sahara. Sleeping under the stars, coming face to face with camels, and enjoying the adrenaline fuelled activities that the desert has to offer are the key ingredients to an unforgettable family vacation. Whilst traveling to the desert by jeep is perhaps best for older children, direct flights to the outpost of Ouarzazate from Paris or Casablanca allow you to cut out the hefty journey. Whilst getting there is all part of the experience, it is arriving at a Bedouin Camp and spending the night in the heart of the desert that is the real tick off the bucket list.

Fes

Fes is an fantastic option for families. The areas around the medina are a calmer, quieter option than Marrakech. There are also a ton of amazing options for activities, whether that's a cultural cooking tour, a picnic at the historically significant Volubilis or day trip to experience the unbelievable blues of Chefchaouen. There's something for every family member in Fes.

Chefchaouen

Home to winding, cobbled alleys and breath-taking buildings, Morocco's Blue City, Chefchaouen, is a delight to explore. Its architecture is a wonderful mix of Andalucian and Moorish styles and you'll come across some mouth-watering meals - be sure to try the fresh goats' cheese! Spend time wandering around the medina, and keep an eye out for the superb views of the Rif Mountains. This is also a safe option for families traveling with children of all ages and is a calm reprieve from the chaotic hustle and bustle of cities in Morocco.

Karawan Riad

This Riad is an excellent choice for families traveling with older children. Intimate yet chic, Karawan Riad is a luxurious option for discerning visitors to the fascinating city of Fes. Its seven suites have been lovingly furnished with antiques, artwork and artifacts from all over Morocco and the rest of the continent. For guests looking to unwind, Karawan Riad has a spa with a traditional hammam. There are a range of nearby activities and tours to enhance your stay in Fes. If you are staying for a night or two, we propose a cultural tour of the monuments of the medina with one of our local guides, or a gastronomic tour of the souks tasting some of the local specialties. If you have longer, why not let us organize an excursion for you to visit the ancient Roman site of Volubilis or the magnificent imperial city of Meknes.

Volubilis & Moulay Idriss With Roman Picnic

Step back in time and explore the ruins of Volubilis, a Roman town dating back to the 3rd century BC and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient city has been carefully excavated to reveal original mosaic floors, and impressive Roman architecture, still standing to this day. After wandering among the ancient stones, visit a nearby local farm to taste a selection of Roman dishes, using recipes documented in Latin by Apicius and Cato. Enjoy your delicious meal before heading to Moulay Idriss, the spiritual heart of Morocco. This picturesque town is one of Morocco's main pilgrimage sites and non-Muslims have only recently been allowed to visit, ensuring Moulay Idriss' authentic, traditional way of life has been preserved.

Marrakech

Marrakech is a lively, charming, chaotic city, full of culture, history, food and activities for the entire family. There are also many spectacular options for incredible accommodations that cater to families with children of any age, whether that's living like a local by staying in an authentic riad or laying your head to rest in a over-the-top luxurious hotel, it'll be an unforgettable stay for the whole family.

Dar Zemora

Situated in the heart of Marrakech's lush Palmeraie, Dar Zemora is an opulent oasis of tranquillity, brilliantly located for easy access into the buzzing medina. This intimate six-bedroom hotel stylishly combines a traditional Moroccan and contemporary feel. Children are very welcome at Dar Zemora where personal service is at its best. The Pavilion Pool Suite has two bedrooms and is ideal for families, especially as it is slightly separate from the main hotel and is set in its own garden with private swimming pool. The hotel can arrange special meals for children and babysitting is available on request.

Day Trip to Cascades d'Ouzoud

Leave the city behind as you drive through the fields of olive trees towards Demnat, stopping to admire the impressive Imi n'Ifri natural bridge with a glass of mint tea. Continue through green valleys and pay a visit to a traditional water mill before enjoying a Berber lunch next to the Cascades d'Ouzoud and soaking up the views. This is a great opportunity for your family to get active and explore the beautiful nature in the region.

Mandarin Oriental

The contemporary architecture of the Mandarin Oriental has a distinctly Moroccan influence, and blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, offering views out to the Atlas Mountains. Children are treated like kings a the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, and several of the room categories are suitable for families. Cots and rollaway beds can be arranged and the restaurants provide special children's menus.

Souks and Spices Treasure Hunt

All under the guidance of an Marrakech expert, search through the back streets of Marrakech's medina, hunting for spices to fill your tagine pot. The treasure hunt will take you through the winding alleys of the city, navigating the hustle and bustle of the souks to find a variety of fresh ingredients which you can then cook up to create a delicious meal. This is a fun, educational and delicious experience for the entire family.

Atlas Mountains

Home to dramatic scenery, traditional Berber villages and often surprisingly verdant valleys, the Atlas Mountains are a beautiful and extensive mountain range just a short jaunt from Marrakech. Making it the perfect day trip for families with younger children who may get impatient during lengthy car rides. The High Atlas offers fantastic trekking for family members of all abilities, including up North Africa’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, and the area is peppered with rustic villages. It's the perfect way for families to escape the city and step-back in time, to an authentic, traditional version of Morocco.

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot is an authentically styled boutique property. Dramatically set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and with stunning views towards the highest peak in north Africa, and a steep lush river valley below, the Kasbah is a walled retreat. It's attentive staff come from the surrounding Berber villages, giving a wonderfully authentic experience.There is a full range of activities available for families. During the school vacations and over selected dates the activities available for children are endless and include treasure hunts, mule trekking, Moroccan tea parties, pool parties and getting to know the Kasbah's menagerie of camels, mules and donkeys. There are also two swimming pools - an outdoor horizon pool overlooking the mountains and a stunning indoor oasis of calm.

Hot Air Balloon over the Atlas Mountains

Drift gently over the incredible desert landscape of Morocco, appreciate the silence and views of Berber villages and snow-capped Atlas mountains on this trip of a lifetime. See this area of Morocco from a completely different perspective with unrivalled panoramic views. This really is an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

Views from the saddle

Taking in the beauty of Morocco by horse is an excellent option for adventurous families. Explore the varied landscapes of Morocco by horseback, through woodlands of pine and oak, open pastureland and past small lakes. This unique riding experience gives a different aspect on Marrakech's surrounding Berber villages, colorful souks and kasbahs, all waiting to be discovered. This will surely be an amazing, bonding experience for every member of the family.

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Morocco

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