A Family Adventure to Morocco
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira
- 7 nights
- from $2100 per person
Think Marrakech and think of vibrant, colorful souks, the odd snake charmer and the waft of exotic smells and spices. Continue into the Atlas Mountains, passing local markets, and walking through Berber villages before finishing on the coast in Essaouira
At a Glance
Perfect family adventure, ideal for Easter, May Half Term & October Half Term
Combines the souks of Marrakech, trekking in the Atlas & time on the beach
Includes a half day exploration of Marrakech with a private guide exploring the hidden side to the city before walking through the souks
Take a camel ride through local Atlas Mountain villages as you arrive into your hotel in style
Take a morning trek through the Atlas villages, stopping at a local home for tea
For the more adventurous families, add on white-water rafting or abseiling
Luxury experiences can include a private helicopter over the Atlas Mountains to the sahara for breakfast, or taking a balloon ride in the Marrakech Palmeraie
Marrakech is only a three-hour flight away from London and on the same time zone, making Morocco the closest destination to the UK which truly offers a different culture. Put simply, we think it is the perfect place for a short week-long family adventure.
Begin in Marrakech, staying at Riad Farnatchi, perfectly positioned on a quieter street within the old medina. The Riad has all the features of a traditional Moroccan home and is great for families as it has a laid back authentic feel and the local knowledge of its English owners is second to none!
Marrakech is awash with so much to invigorate your senses, from haggling in the souks, to the snake charmers that appear in the main square at dusk or tucking into an aromatic tagine. We will provide a guide to help you find your bearings and highlight some of the more interesting, interactive aspects to Marrakech - perhaps even to arrange a souk scavenger hunt for the teens! For the more adventurous families we can arrange hot air balloon rides, or even helicopter rides into the desert for lunch, horse-riding in the Palmeraie or camel rides.
Next, you are driven into the Atlas Mountains, which from late November to March are beautifully snow-capped to make things even more spectacular. To make it all the more special for the children, you will spend the two hours on camels walking up to the Kasbah, through the local villages of Timalizen. You will quickly discover a totally different side to Morocco, for you are in the land of the Berbers – who live and work in the Atlas. Stay at Bab Ourika, a charming boutique hotel in an isolated valley and spend your days walking, horse-riding or just sitting by the pool enjoying the views. For the more active, there is white-water rafting and abseiling available – perfect if your children want to use their ‘Go-Pros’ to full effect. We have included a 3-4 hour trek the following day through local villages, and if you are there on a Monday, the local market in Tnine Ourika is well worth a visit.
Finally, you make your way to Essaouira for 3 nights on the coast – we can of course extend if you have more time. Delve into the town to see the many fish stalls where you can choose your catch and they cook it for you there and then. Teens can enjoy some of the watersports available from the beach or take up activities through the dedicated teens 'QG Lounge' such as football or cookery classes.
Location & Directions
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains & Essaouira
When to go
Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds) sweep through the city. From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.