Why Morocco: Whether you are looking for history, exotic cultures or stunning scenery, Morocco has it all in spades. Style gurus will swoon over the beautifully restored riads and chic boutique hotels, whilst gourmets can enjoy the wonderful fusion of African and Arabic cuisine. For the adventurous there is also hiking or safaris into wild and remote mountains.
Culture: Predominantly Arabic, Morocco has a long and complex history and is a melting pot of different cultures and religions. It has a long tradition of tolerance, with hospitality an ingrained part of the culture. Apart from the mosques, most public monuments are open to the general public. For those who like to shop, souks are a way of life in Morocco and you usually won’t have to go far to find one.
Climate: Morocco’s climate is generally moderate and subtropical, cooled by sea breezes. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, with cold winters and very hot summers. Marrakech has an average winter temperature of 21°C and summer temperature of 38°C. Mid-summer can be very hot, particularly inland. The best time to visit is spring (mid-March to May) when the country is lush and green, or autumn (Sep to Nov) when the summer heat has eased. During Ramadan most shops and restaurants are closed during the day..
Combine With: Morocco can be combined with a holiday to Egypt and the Middle East or a safari in East Africa. Being just a couple of hours’ flight from Europe, it can easily be combined with a European holiday, and Spain in particular has many cultural and historic links with Morocco.
Getting There: Morocco is served by many major European and Middle Eastern airlines. Australian travellers can fly with Emirates via Dubai to Casablanca.