Winter sun holidays in MoroccoSwap the British snow for Moroccan sun this winter
When you need time away from the grey, dull days of a British winter, look no further than Morocco. Just a short flight away, yet dramatically different in climate and culture, it’s a great choice when planning winter sun holidays. Colourful markets ensure explosions for the senses, and the country’s exquisite coastline promises a great place to top up your tan. You could head for Marrakech, and stay in a traditional riad, or get to grips with Moroccan history in the charming town of Essaouira. You could go trekking in the mountains of the Agadir region, or simply lie back and relax in a Chegcaoen spa.
Whatever your interests, and wherever you’d like to go, consider booking private accommodation through HomeAway Holiday Rentals. As well as boasting thousands of Morocco villas in every region of the country, we offer unrivalled space, privacy and value for money. Some of our properties come with their own private pools and extensive gardens, while others are just steps from the sea. So whether you’d like to spend sun-soaked days along sandy shores, or shopping in bustling Moroccan markets, we have the perfect holiday home for you and your family. Simply read on for a selection of our favourite Moroccan destinations.
Top places to visit in Morocco
Situated along the eastern coast of Morocco, Agadir is the perfect choice for those looking to relax and rejuvenate. You could easily spend every day lazing on soft, white sands, taking the occasional dip in the warm, clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But of course, as a modern and thriving city with over 10km of coastline, Agadir also offers a huge number of activities and attractions: head out to sea to enjoy fishing, sailing and water sports, sample the huge number of golf course available, or peruse the museums in the town, which boast an extensive collection of ancient Berber artefacts.
Like Agadir, Essaouira is located along the stunning Atlantic coast, but the similarities between the two end there: an ancient and fascinating city, Essaouira shows signs of J ewish, Berber, Carthaginian, Portuguese and British influence, lending to its eclectic and colourful character. Once you’ve settled into your traditional blue and white riad, peruse the city’s historical attractions and get to grips with everyday life: before admiring the ruins of the Sultan’s Palace, make sure to take a trip to the fish market! Of course, you can always spend your holiday lazing on the beach: as one of Morocco’s finest stretches of sand, it’ll be difficult not to!
Marrakech is a city not to be missed: a truly enchanting and enriching destination for all, it boasts too many attractions to mention! There are hundreds of ancient buildings and charming squares, like the Djemaa el-Fna - or Square of the Dead - as well as world-famous souks, street performers and spas. Start the day in a traditional hammam, with a luxurious steam treatment, or stroll around one of the city’s beautiful gardens, and enjoy some spicy Moroccan cuisine. In the evening, you’ll find free entertainment all around: by both day and night, snake charmers and story tellers line the streets, as prayers ring out from Koutoubia Mosque.
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As Morocco’s oldest inhabited city, Tangier’s a great choice for those interested in history and heritage. It has the traditional souks you’d expect of a Moroccan city, known for excellent leather, jewellery and carpets, but also dozens of ancient forts, mosques and palaces, and even further attractions in nearby Tetouan. As an area where traditional Moroccan life is still going strong, a holiday in Tangier promises a glimpse of the past. Of course, the city’s location along the Straights of Gibraltar also means it boasts beautiful beaches: with both white and golden sands to choose from, you can easily spend a day or two simply soaking up the sun.
For those looking to enjoy outdoor activities on holiday, with the convenience of bustling Marrakech nearby, Ourika Valley’s the perfect destination. Its green, mountainous and sprawling landscapes offer no end of places to explore, yet it’s just a 45 minute drive away from the exciting souks of Marrakech. You can enjoy cycling, hiking, horse-riding and camel-trekking in the High Atlas Mountains, admiring the beautiful waterfalls of Setti Fatma, or take a tour of a farm producing that luxury spice, saffron, meeting with the friendly locals. Whether you want a cottage in the mountains or a riad in a red-coloured village, Ourika Valley’s the place to do so.