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Make a holiday villa in Morocco your home away from home

The mention of Marrakech and Casablanca evoke images of vast deserts dotted with wind-swept dunes and turbaned travellers braving the gusts on stately camels. Hollywood productions have played no small part in embedding such ideas in tourists’ minds, but there is much more to Morocco than hostile deserts. Being strategically positioned between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, this North African nation boasts astounding beaches and excellent warm weather. It is also home to the famous Atlas Mountains. Visitors should prepare for a unique cultural experience as they book their Morocco holiday rentals. Accommodation in Morocco offered by HomeAway comes in the form of traditional Moroccan riads designed with distinctive Arabic flair and villas from which one can see the jagged peaks of Atlas in the distance. Those who would want to be close to the sea can book holiday rentals that are right by the beaches.

Things to do

-Beaches: Given the blazing temperatures of this locale, most tourists make a beeline for the beaches at Agadir soon after arrival. Here they can enjoy the abundant sunshine while contemplating the beauty of the azure waves and drinking in the refreshing sea breeze.

-Deserts: Anyone who has watched Lawrence of Arabia will want to grab this opportunity to traverse the dunes of the Sahara. The best location to set off from is Merzouga where holidaymakers can get their camels or 4x4 vehicles and journey under the unforgiving sun as they relive the gruelling yet exciting expeditions of Lawrence.

-Mountains: Those whose idea of a holiday involves the adventure of scaling lofty heights will want to climb the snow-capped High Atlas Mountain range. Its highest peak is Toubkal which rises over 4,000 metres above sea-level, making it the highest point in all of North Africa. Visiting the mountain villages en route to the summit provides an intriguing cultural twist as life there is markedly different from life in the typical Arabian town.

-Hammam: After enduring kilometres of weary travel, visitors will be keen to retreat into a traditional steam bath or ‘hammam’ as they’re referred to by locals. This is not only a place to get a relaxing massage, it is a great place to experience another unique facet of Moroccan culture. Hammams offer women an opportunity to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with local women.

-Sport: Its position by the Atlantic makes the shores of Morocco a prime surfing destination. During winter the winds provoke incredible breakers and both local surfers and visitors attack the waves eagerly. How about a skiing experience in Africa? Winter visitors can attack the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains with equal zeal. Though the quality of the skiing equipment and facilities may not be what you’ll get in the Alps, tourists will definitely make excellent memories there.

Weather in Morocco

To enjoy the glory of this beautiful country without suffering from the fierceness of its scorching summers, visitors are advised to make their bookings in Morocco holiday homes during spring or autumn. At these times the weather is relatively cooler and more conducive to outdoor activity. It is wise for visitors to consider the weather patterns for the specific area of Morocco they’ll be spending their vacation. During summer, one can embark on a tour of the mountainous parts of the country where temperatures are lower. A tour of the historic city of Marrakech and the Sahara is best done during spring (mid-March to May) or autumn (September to November). The North Coast experiences Mediterranean climate while the Atlantic Coast is usually rainy.

Travel to Morocco

The Mohammed V International Airport, the country’s busiest airport, is the main gateway into Morocco. This facility receives scheduled flights from most major cities in Europe as well as cities in the Middle East. Seasonal flights and scheduled flights are also available to residents of North America, departing from New York and Montreal. European tourists can use the ferry service that runs from Spain, specifically the port of Algeciras. This trip usually takes between 40 minutes and 2 hours.

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                                                                                                Peaceful haven near Marrakech

                                                                                                4 of 5
                                                                                                We stayed at this villa for 5 nights with our family of 6 in early August after a break in Essaouria. We had a lovely time. The villa is a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, housed in a safe gated complex. Our children loved playing and relaxing in the pool. We made a few trips to the Medina (taxi fare is 400 Dhs for a round trip) and a day trip to the Atlas mountains (taxi fare 1200 Dhs). The latter is highly recommended - it consisted of a visit to the home of a berber family, traditional moroccan lunch beside a river stream and a guided trek up to the siti Fatimah Waterfall and stopovers to local souvenir stores dotted along the mountain valley. Lunch and guided trek are not included in the taxi fare. We made a few trips to the local supermarket (Atacadou) en route to/from Marrakech. It is around 9-10km from the villa. There are no other stores local to the villa. The temperature in August is very hot (38-40 centigrade) and so timing any activities during the day is key - early morning or late afternoon / evening is best. The villa is fully air-conditioned and a welcome relief from a day out in the sun. Sofiane and his team were quick to respond whenever we had any issues and were only a phone call away. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and would love to come again. It is an ideal retreat if you are not planning frequent visits to the centre of Marrakech (budget for taxi fares if you are).
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Perfect Riad authentic and brilliant location

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                                                                                                We stayed here for 7 days as a group of 5 and this riad is perfect for families or groups and so relaxing. As a travel agent I will definitely be recommending this riad to friends and clients alike. The building is so deceptive from outside, and as you enter the grand doorway, you feel like you have stepped into paradise. The architecture is so grand and every room has its own moroccan theme. The best part of this stay by far was our host Rachida, who went out of her way to ensure we had a comfortable stay. She is the kindest person that I have ever met and her hospitality was perfect. Thank you for a lovely stay!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                Epic stag in an MTV Cribs style villa

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                I know everybody who rents a villa, has that feeling when they arrive at the property, if the pictures have been exaggerated and it does not look anything like it. Well, I can reassure you, the villa exceeded all expectations! I think we spent the first 20 minutes at the villa takes pictures, videos and facetiming our families/friends. The villa was much bigger and more impressive than it looked in pictures, it looked like something out of MTV cribs. The owner has very good taste and the décor was done to a high standard. We were at the villa during the start of the Euros and we were able to watch the games in HD on a huge flat screen TV. The villa staff comprises of security guards, drivers, cleaners and chefs, they catered to our every need and made the stay that much more enjoyable. The food the chefs made for us was excellent, the presentation was spot on. They made us traditional Moroccan dishes on same of the nights and on the others they made us a very tasty mixed grill. If I could have fitted the staff into my suitcase I would have lol. You don't really see much of the cleaners, that's because they work around you. When you're out in the pool, chilling in the pool house or play poker in the poker room (yes they have a poker room!!) they run out and clean the rooms for you. At night, they do a bed turn down service and place bottles of water at the bedsides. The purpose of this trip was to celebrate my stag do and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. We lived it up like kings for 4 days and we didn't leave the villa until we had to go hit up the clubs. I honestly cannot recommend this villa enough.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jun 2016