Feed RSS Feed

Planning a trip?

Recent Articles
Stonehenge
Travel Is The Ultimate Inspiration
Great Travelers
Bali on the Beach
Bangkok Food Tours
'I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.'
Photo
Top Sights and Destinations - October 2014
Photo
Moroccan Magic

Create Your perfect trip in 3 simple steps on Holidayen!

Create Trip

Create

Enter destination and trip duration. Let Holidayen plan a trip for you in seconds, automatically!

Customize Trip

Customize

Customize the trip to your preferences. Select from thousands of sights, activities and hotels.

Book Trip

Book

Book your itinerary right here and save yourself from unexpected expenses on the trip.

Stonehenge

Mysterious and captivating, the 5000 year old standing stones of Stonehenge have spawned a thousand theories. Take a trip to wonder at the origins of this pre-historic monument http://www.holidayen.com/compare/s/d2212-london/d3840-stonehenge

stonehenge travel travel inspiration Wanderlust
2014-10-30 06:48:33 GMT

Travel Is The Ultimate Inspiration

travel Wanderlust travel inspiration
2014-10-29 07:15:05 GMT

Great Travelers

travel Wanderlust travel inspiration
2014-10-28 14:44:59 GMT

Bali on the Beach

 Beaches, natural beauty, cultural heritage - the paradise “Glorious Bali Island” has it all. The most popular tourist destination in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a great destination for relaxation, with magnificent mountains, forests and spas where you can unwind, and temples and cultural attractions where you can marvel at the art. http://www.holidayen.com/compare/s/d325-bali

bali beach travel wanderl travel planning
2014-10-27 05:08:10 GMT

Bangkok Food Tours

Get a taste of the balanced, savory flavors of authentic Thai cuisine on a food tour of Bangkok. http://www.holidayen.com/compare/s/d337-bangkok/Food-%26-Drinks

travel bangkok food food tour
2014-10-26 06:32:01 GMT

Photo

We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

travel wanderlust
2014-10-24 05:47:37 GMT

Top Sights and Destinations - October 2014

colosseum One of the 7 wonders of the medieval world, the Colosseum is perhaps the most famous landmark in Rome. The Amphitheatrum Flavium, as it is called in Latin, was once the place in ancient Rome where gladiators fought for their lives, entertaining the emperor and crowds in the process who apparently weren’t grossed out by the violence. Explore the Colosseum to find out about the brave gladiators and hungry beasts who fought for fame and glory in the arena till blood sports were outlawed in 523 AD. 

Take a Sightseeing Tour of Rome, see the ruins of the Forum, the gorgeous Baroque fountains and wide piazzas, the Pantheon and the breathtaking art at the Vatican. Throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and you’ll find yourself back in this city soon.

read more

2. Acropolis, Athens

image1 The Acropolis of Athens, situated high above the city as a monument to Classical Greece, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its heart is the temple of Parthenon dedicated to Athena, with its friezes depicting stories from ancient Greek mythology. Spend a day exploring the ruins of the once flourishing citadel in one of the oldest cities in the world.

read more 

3. Bali

image2 Beaches, natural beauty, cultural heritage - the paradise “Glorious Bali Island” has it all. The most popular tourist destination in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is a great destination for relaxation, with magnificent mountains, forests and spas where you can unwind, and temples and cultural attractions where you can marvel at the art.

read more 

4. Marrakech

image3 If watching Casablanca left you with a lump in your throat, then a trip to Morocco should definitely be on your bucket list. Morocco is vibrant, fascinating, colorful and dramatic, and Marrakech offers a glimpse into its poetic soul. Come here for the cities, the markets, the landscapes and the culture. And you’ll find it difficult to leave.

read more 

5. Seville

image4 Seville, on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir, is one of the jewels of Spain, with Moorish architecture, museums, food and shopping that make it a must-see holiday destination. Take a leisurely stroll on the narrow roads of the compact old town, savour some delicious Tapas and shake your hips to the riffs of Flamenco.

read more 

october travel inspiration travel travel tips wanderlust
2014-10-12 09:35:12 GMT

Photo

Did you know - the entire city of Amsterdam was built on poles to counter the swampy soil. The Royal Palace on Dam Square is built on a base of more than 13,500 wooden poles, and the Central Station is built on over 6,000 poles.

amsterdam travel inspiration
2014-09-03 06:40:40 GMT

Moroccan Magic

If watching Casablanca left you with a lump in your throat, then a trip to Morocco should definitely be on your bucket list. Situated on the North West coast of Africa just across the narrow Straits of Gibraltar from the southern tip of Spain, its proximity to Europe along with its inimitable style and culture make it a popular destination.

Morocco has a dramatic variation in landscape across the country, with snow capped Atlas Mountains to the north, fertile plains near its western Atlantic coast, remarkable mountains, and the Sahara desert at the edge of the Anti-Atlas to the south and east.

Best Time to Visit Morocco

Similar to its landscape, Morocco’s climate varies widely - the north is Mediterranean and the south is subtropical while the sea and mountains help to maintain a pleasant climate. 

Morocco has approximately 330 days of sunshine per year. It has hot and dry summers, with daytime temperatures ranging from 33 to 42º C. Winters are milder, with temperatures hovering around 16 to 23º C.

The best times to visit Morocco are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October), when the weather remains extremely agreeable.

Getting Around Morocco

Morocco is well networked and offers several options for getting around.

Air

There are airports at Marrakech, Rabat, Fes, Tangier, Agadir, Tetouan and Casablanca, apart from a few other cities.

Rail

Trains in Morocco are comfortable, reliable and reasonably priced. The state-owned network, ONCF is an excellent option for travel between major cities. All train stations have clear signs and displays in Arabic and French to help you find your way around.

Supratours is a bus company owned by ONCF, to cover the areas east of the Atlas mountains and south of Marrakech, which are not connected by rail.  Buses and city cabs connect seamlessly to intercity trains.  Tickets for combined train and bus journeys can be bought in a single package called “Rail & Route”.

Roads

    • Car

      Major Moroccan cities have large car rental agencies. Driving around is pretty simple as the roads are usually clear and easily navigable, but petrol prices can be steep. Carry your international driver’s license and buy your own motor insurance – you’re good to go.

    • Shared Taxi

      Shared taxis are usually big Mercedes Benz cars carrying a maximum of 6 passengers. They operate on a wide variety of routes and are much quicker than the public buses. You can flag down a taxi anywhere along the road. Fares between cities are fixed and quite reasonable.

    • Bus

      Buses are the cheapest, and link to every corner of Morocco. You can buy your tickets at the bus terminals. Intercity buses are privately run.  The three major bus companies in Morocco are - CTM whic covers the whole country, SATAS which mainly plies south of Agadir and  Supratours.

Cities in Morocco

Morocco has traditional imperial Islamic cities. The quaint central medina (old town) of each city is typically still walled-in and is the historical part of these cities. A typical feature of the medina is a minaret-tipped mosque, around which are open-air markets with cafes and street entertainment. The Ville Nouvelle, or new city built around the old heart, is the modern part with distinctive colonial influence.

  1. Rabat

    Rabat on the Atlantic coast has been the capital of Morocco since 1912 and is its second largest city. It is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, Islamic and European culture. The medina inside the Almohad ramparts is a pleasurable place to stroll around. You can get some great handicrafts and Moroccan food at the medina market. The Hassan Mosque, built in 1184, is a famous landmark and close by is the mausoleum housing the King’s ancestors.image

    The Kasbah des Oudaias on top of the cliff is a striking fortified city offering gorgeous views. Take a stroll around the kasbah and visit the oldest mosque in town.

    Chellah or Sala Colonia, to the south of Rabat, is an ancient Roman site with crumbling ruins and a beautifully landscaped Chellah gardens with a sanctuary that was used for royal burials.

    The Ville Nouvelle of Rabat has some pretty colonial architecture.

  2. Marrakech

    Marrakech, the former capital, is a truly fascinating and artistic imperial city with beautiful, traditional buildings. Its souks, or markets offer a captivating peek into the life of the locals. Take a walk through the streets of the old town, taking in the magnificent medieval buildings and romantic gardens. The ancient square of Djemma El Fna at the heart of the city, keeps the crowds amused with regular entertainment ranging from rhythmic drumbeats, to aerial acrobatics, magicians and snake-charmers, amidst women offering henna tattoos. The towering Koutoubia Mosque minaret is visible from the square and worth a visit.image

    The National Festival of Folk Art held annually in Marrakesh in summer is a week-long event with performances by traditional dancers, musician and other entertainers. A highlight of Morocco’s cultural calendar, this celebration is not to be missed.

  3. Fes

    Fes, often called the Heart of Morocco, is a former capital and one of its oldest cities. Fes el-Bali, the medina (Old Fes) is one of the largest living medieval cities in the world today and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an intricate network of 9400 twisting alleys, where you can shop for the finest leather and hand-craftwork among the many bazaars.image

    Fes is also home to the world’s oldest university, Qarawiyyin.

    A short distance from Fes are the largest and well-preserved Roman ruins in Morocco at Volubilis. The origins of Volubilis can be traced back to 2nd and 3rd centuries AD though excavations reveal that Carthaginian traders discovered the site.

  4. Casablanca

    Casablanca is a sprawling metropolitan port city with a Moroccan heart and cosmopolitan appeal. It may not be the most romantic city in Morocco, but is worth a short stay for the large Hassan II Mosque. The mosque, second largest in the world, has a French exterior with Moroccan interiors.image

    The medina is small and typical. You can spend some time on the beach at Ain Diab Plage.

  5. Tangier

    Tangier has a remarkable Mediterranean flare, with close connections to Spain. The influence of French colonization in the first half of the 20th century can be seen here, contrasting against the fortified Kasbah at the top of the city’s medina.image

  6. Ait Benhaddou

    Ait Benhaddou is the most exotic and best-preserved kasbah in the entire Atlas area. A ksar or traditional earthen brick city along intricate lanes on the lower slopes of the High Atlas, it is a remarkable example of southern Moroccan architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The red walls of the kasbahs, fortresses and village squares glow in the orange light of sunset and present a breathtaking sight. It provides a gorgeous backdrop for film shootings, and has been one of the locations of quite a few flicks, such as Lawrence of Arabia.image

Morocco has a lot more if you have the time – the whitewashed buildings in the coastal resort of Essaouira, or the market town of Tata in the Sahara – you will find plenty of reasons to return to Morocco.

Desert in Morocco

To the south and east lies the Sahara, the world’s largest desert, which is lined with a few streams and oases, with some desert vegetation and fauna typical of the landform.

Take off on an incredible adventure that begins in the Saharan settlement of Merzouge, from where you can ride a camel on a safari out into the sand dunes and spend a night in the desert.

Mountains in Morocco

Morocco has several fantastic mountain ranges with a variety of foliage, many of which get covered in snow during winter.

The Atlas Mountains form the major range, divided into the High Atlas, Middle Atlas and Anti Atlas. The High Atlas is the highest range, with Jabal Toubkal stretching to 4,165 metres. The Middle Atlas reaches 3,350 metres and the Anti Atlas does not reach higher than 2,531 metres, but it still has some very rugged landscape. At the foot of the High Atlas is the alluring and fragrant Valley of Roses, which gets blanketed by blossoms in season. The Rif Mountains on the north-eastern edge of the Atlas mountains are made up of steep cliffs near the Mediterranean coastline, where the terrain is rugged.

The Chefchaouen Mountains in the north east have two peaks - Jebel Meggou at 1625 meters above sea level, and Jebel Tisouka with a mosque on top at 2050 meters.

The charming Sarho Mountains to the south west of Marrakech is a popular winter trekking. It is a remote area with volcanic monoliths, green plateaus, canyons and tiny Berber settlements.

 The Oregano Mountains to the south of Agadir are covered with oregano and fill the valley with aroma. At the top of these mountains are two caves used by goats for shelter. The pink, rocky Tafraoute Mountains to the south east of Agadir are picturesque and a draw for travelers.

The Setti Fatma at the end of the Ourika Valley in Marrakesh has seven beautiful waterfalls, breathtaking views and long trails for hardened hikers.

Morocco is vibrant, fascinating, colorful and dramatic. Come here for the cities, the markets, the landscapes and the culture. And you’ll find it difficult to leave.

morocco best time to visit morocco attractions in morocco rabat casablanca fes
2014-07-20 19:08:00 GMT
Next »

Featured Itineraries

New York Travel Planner
New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia

6 days
Include Flights and Travel
3 Star Hotel Accommodation
9 Activities

US $987 »

Bangkok Travel Planner
Bangkok and Pattaya

5 days
Include Travel
Include Hotel Accommodation
4 Activities

US $316 »

`