Summer holidays in Morocco

Searing heat, culture in droves and sumptuous cuisine

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert

MoroccoIn recent years, North Africa in general has seen something of a resurgence when it comes to tourism. With a culture a world away from their European neighbours, tourists flock to experience the cultural diversity and tropical climates offered by the likes of Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. The latter is a virtually within touching distance of Spain, but could scarcely be more different as a summer holiday destination. Morocco can be so easily dismissed as an "unfashionable" choice, but the truth is that there is plenty to keep even the most tentative visitor entertained!

Regardless of what you’re looking for in your summer getaway, HomeAway is on hand to provide you with the perfect accommodation from our range of rental properties. To help you prepare for your trip, take a look at our guide to what you can expect when you arrive in Morocco.


Top five destinations in Morocco


Marrakech Marrakech

Probably the most archetypal image of Morocco stems from the city of Marrakech, a hub that is beautiful and bustling in equal measure. Djemaa el-Fna Square is the beating heart of it all, in essence a mass outdoor cabaret where anything goes. Anyone who loves to shop till they drop will be in their element amongst the maze of markets that line the streets and alleyways; or you may prefer to find yourself in the tranquillity of the Majorelle Garden.

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Tangier Tangier

The starting point for the vast majority of tourists travelling by ferry, Tangier lies on the northern tip of Morocco. Its exotic demeanour and luscious beaches contribute towards its popularity with visitors, as well as its singular and vibrant blend of African and European culture. Make time to visit the Kasbah Museum, a former Sultan’s palace resplendent with ancient artefacts and wonderful gardens, and also to take a stroll along the effervescent Terrasse des Paresseux for a spot of people watching.

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Casablanca Casablanca

Familiar in name to anyone who has seen the eponymous movie, the reality of this historic city may come as something of a surprise. Casablanca is relatively unassuming in comparison to other Moroccan cities, but the liberal lifestyle and thriving nightlife make a visit worthwhile. On the sightseeing front, the King Hassan II Mosque is one of the most breathtaking of its kind, boasting the world’s tallest minaret. All together now: Here’s looking at you, kid.

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Rabat Rabat

Moroccans pride themselves on the laid back nature of their country, but even by their standards the capital city is a shining example. One of the most fascinating attractions is Chella, an ancient Roman city that lies on the outskirts of Rabat, where storks build nests among the ruins. The historic Kasbah is one of the greatest places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and also the finest view over the Atlantic coastline, perched as it is atop a cliff.

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Fez Fez

No, not the hat. Although the famous garment did originate from the one time Moroccan capital of the same name. Fez is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world, with the ancient medina a veritable labyrinth of markets and complex passages. Unquestionably, the best way to see Fez is on foot, particularly a walk around the historic city walls and the Merenid Tombs. For an insight into the city’s heritage, a visit to the tanneries to witness the art of leather making is a must.

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Summer Holiday Homes in Morocco

Secure apartment Ht Standing near beach

ideally located, everything is within walking distance: beach (15 min walk), large souk (5 min walk), grocery stores, banks, pharmacy, doctors (locally) ... The equipment is complete with air conditioning, ADSL Internet access, telephone, TV Frenc...

Alcudia Smir Sea-view Apartment

--This property is managed on behalf of the owner by For more information or to discuss your rental needs please contact us on +44 203 5877 955 or We have over 40,000 stylish properties available and will hap...

Well-ventilated apartment, bright and comfortable in the Essaouira Medina

In a traditional house in the heart of the Essaouira historic Medina (listed as an UNESCO world heritage), 5 minutes walk from the sandy beach and the fishing harbour, you will discover your comfortable and bright apartment with kitchen, 2 bedroom...

Typical house in Medina.

Beautiful and large townhouse spread over 3 levels. Renovated in 2012 in a simple style and incorporating many elements of traditional Moroccan architecture, it offers ample space in a soothing atmosphere while allowing privacy. 4 bedrooms, 3 livi...

Luxury beachside haven with splendid views - hear the waves!

Tifinaghs Dar is an original Berber fishermen house and has been tastefully renovated in the Moroccan style to give four spacious self-catering apartments. Each one has a spectacular view over the sandy beach with its traditional blue painted fish...
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