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In 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
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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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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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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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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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
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...
The beach villa Délali enjoys an ideal location for both nature lovers, the sea, and for lovers of Golf, fishing and surfing. It lends itself beautifully to your relaxation and recreation in order to regain your confidence.
This dream villa, conte...
In this beautiful apartment, tastefully decorated and fully fitted, you will have a bedroom with double bed and a living/dining room with two large sofa beds for two extra adults. Bathroom with hand basin and shower, separate toilet, equipped kitc...
A hosting villa just for you, 3 bedrooms and a house with independent garden, 10 sleeping arrangements. Cooker, gardener and pool keeper, 250 sq.m of living space, in a 900 sq.m plot of land.
You do not have to do anything, enjoy the permanent mi...
A very special place to stay in this charming Berber fishing village. An exceptional interior designed property on the beach front combines Moroccan style with Western comfort. A recently renovated 2 bedroomed apartment with 2 double bedrooms each...