John and I love to travel and while we haven’t been to the most adventurous destinations on offer yet, we do want Erin to grow up discovering new and exciting places with us. When it comes to booking holidays it can be all too easy to go for an easy option or to pick somewhere that’s well-known for being popular for families to travel to. However, there are loads of great places that you may not have thought of and one of them is Morocco which is in North Africa. The flight time is only around 4 hours from the UK so you won’t have any long flights to deal with and there is so much to do there as a family.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Morocco and North Africa is the Sahara Desert and I know I wouldn’t be able to visit without putting this right on the top of my list of things to do.
However, the Sahara Desert isn’t easy to get to and it can take quite a lot of time to get to depending on where in Morocco you’re staying. There are options for day tours in Morocco though which would make a visit possible for a family with younger children who don’t want to spend days travelling.
Markets In Marrakech
I don’t think a trip to Morocco would be complete without a trip to the markets in Marrakech. Here you can buy anything from rugs, fabrics and lamps to a tagine or jewellery. Sellers will really try to haggle and get the best price but there are loads of posts online offering advice about what average prices are and what the tell tale signs are for fake items.
Erin isn’t a fan of being stuck indoors and she loves to have some open space to explore. At the moment she is big into walks in the woods and anywhere with plants and flowers and Morocco has a large variety of gardens to discover. One of the more well-known is Majorelle Gardens which is the current resting place of Yves Saint Laurent or another is the Anima Gardens which acts as an art gallery with installations from around the world. I personally think that this would be such an interesting place to visit and something a bit different to the norm.
A Day At The Beach
After a busy day shopping in the markets or a day trip to the Sahara Desert I think I would like quite some down time and there are plenty of beaches in Morocco to relax on. This might not be on everyone’s to-do list if they’re visiting Morocco but I think it’s important to have some quiet and quality time as a family. Some of Morocco’s beaches have arched cliffs (Legzira Plage) to walk through when the tide is low but with erosion causing damage, these won’t be around forever. On the other hand, beaches like Martil will offer familiarity of a boardwalk and small cafes to visit.
It might surprise you that there is so much to do in Morocco and you may not have considered it as a holiday destination for families before. It certainly surprised me!
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