Morocco with the family, the essentials to know before leaving

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A multi-faceted destination, Morocco is also an easily accessible country three hours from Paris, ideal for introducing children to travel in complete safety. Before revealing yourself things to see or do with the family, here is some practical information ...

Practical information before going to Morocco with the family

Morocco can be visited all year round but to discover the desert as well as possible without suffering too much from the heat with young children, it is preferable to avoid the summer period in July and August. However, for swimming on the Atlantic coast, the period from June to October remains by far the best.

No vaccination is not compulsory to go to Morocco but the vaccine against hepatitis A is nevertheless recommended.

Food side, Moroccan cuisine, which is very varied in its composition, is from a nutritional point of view very interesting. Rich in vegetables, legumes, semolina, fish, meats, olive oil… it is similar to the Cretan diet. Couscous, a typical dish from the Maghreb alone covers all food categories! Your child will love oriental cuisine with its delicately scented flavors.

The Riad, typical accommodation in Morocco

To accommodate you you will find various types of accommodation suitable for families, such as ghesthouses or guesthouses (most often old riads), very practical when traveling as a tribe. You can also stay in traditional riads transformed into a hotel. Certain types of accommodation, such as bivouacs for 3 or 4 days, provide you with unique experiences that your little family will never forget. For an upscale stay, the Mazagan Hotel Resort, a prestigious tourist complex guarantees you a luxury stay in the purest Moroccan tradition. Everything is planned for the reception of families. Among other services, the hotel offers a children's club and swimming pool free of charge.

What to do with children?

Enjoy seaside pleasures on magnificent beaches

The beach in Morocco, a children's paradise

A huge playground, Morocco is full of fun things to do with the family. The activity that young people enjoy the most is swimming. Bordered by the Mediterranean to the North and the Atlantic on the entire West coast, Morocco has superb seaside resorts and beautiful and diverse beaches on a quality coastline adapted to all your desires. On the side of Agadir or between Essaouira and Casablanca you will find quiet family beaches, equipped and appreciated by families. If you prefer wilder spaces, the beaches bordering Essaouira or Saidia will meet all your expectations.

Discover the charm of the east

Snake charmer in Morocco

Young people, whatever their age, will love visiting the souks of Fez or Marrakech. Picturesque and completely exotic by the noises, the colors and the smells, the souks are overflowing with trinkets and unusual objects. You can also take them to visit the Medina by bike or explore the city in a horse-drawn carriage before stopping at Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrackech where the fakirs and snake charmers will capture their full attention. Carriages are also provided to go around the ramparts. To endure the heat, offer them a good fresh fruit juice for a few dirhams! Jemaa El Fna Square is as lively during the day as it is in the evening. Your little tribe will be delighted to participate in the activities offered to onlookers of all ages or to applaud the street acrobat shows.

Getaway and bivouac in the desert dunes

Family getaway on camel back

Play desert nomads with your family and stock up on memories on a timeless ride. Go on a trek in a 4X4, or, more scenic, on the back of a camel. After setting up the bivouac and a moment of sharing around the evening campfire, you will spend a night under the stars in the middle of the desert. And then what happiness for the little ones to roll in the sand and… for once not to shower!

Hike in the Atlas Mountains

The splendid Atlas mountains

The splendid Atlas Mountains offer a dream setting for family hikes, on foot, by mountain bike or on the back of a donkey. You will have the opportunity to make beautiful encounters with the Berbers, to bathe in waterfalls and to stroll through fields and villages.

In the heart of the High Atlas, the Dades and Drâa valley are also a formidable terrain of adventure and discovery to be covered in 4X4. A strip of green land, the Dades Valley is known for its Damascus roses whose voluptuous scents perfume the entire valley in May. Discover the ancient kashbahs and meet a mysterious but warm people who have always known how to preserve their traditions.

Visit “Atlas Corporation Studios”, the film studios of Ouarzazate

Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate

Since the filming of Lawrence of Arabia in the 1960s, the desert and lunar landscapes of Ouarzazate constitute a privileged setting for the 7th art and the directors. Atlas Corporation Studios, located 3 km west of Ouarzazate are the first film studios in Morocco where many films were shot such as Gladiator, the jewels of the Nile, certain scenes from Game of Thrones… This site which extends over 30 hectares can be visited all year round except sometimes during certain filming periods.

A total change of scenery 3 hours from Paris

A stay in Morocco will remain etched in your memories and those of your children. To experience a total change of scenery, to open up to other cultures is to give them a taste for travel, the desire to discover new horizons and to take an interest in the world around them.

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