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Morocco makes a fantastic family holiday for children of all ages. If you have a week then our usual recommendation is a combination of the coast and Marrakech with a daytrip to the Atlas Mountains, however, there are subtle variations. For families with young children more time on the coast and the outskirts of Marrakech rather than the centre, whereas if the kids are teenagers then we recommend one of the traditional riads in the centre of Marrakech – although even then 2 or 3 nights is usually enough. The best bet is to call us for a chat.

Your Itinerary

Morocco desert

Day 1 - Coast First

Arrive at Marrakech airport and within 5 minutes of clearing customs you are on the way to the coast around Essaouira with one of our drivers. The journey itself is a fascinating introduction to Morocco. As you leave Marrakech you will see camels, mules and donkeys, storks nesting in mosque towers, whole families piled on a scooter and the hammada desert with the Atlas looming behind. As you near the coast the landscape softens with hills of olive trees and the Essaouira countryside’s most famous sight – goats grazing in the branches of argan trees…

Some people like to stay in the centre of Essaouira but the most popular option for families is Rebali Riads just to the south for the proximity to the beach, the selection of pools and the attention from the staff. This trip is based on a family of 4 in a private villa so you get your own space but also daily service including breakfast served on your private terrace each morning

Morocco desert

Day 2-4 - Get Busy

There is so much to do at Rebali and in the area you will struggle to fit it all in and many people choose a week or more just here. A visit into Essaouira is essential for shopping or an evening meal – other favourite family activities include:
– Quad bike tour of the dunes
– Moroccan cooking demonstrations
– Camel trekking on the beach
– Amazing horse riding
– Surfing and kitesurfing lessons
– Visits to the local Berber village for lunch

And if this is too much rushing around send the kids on a tortoise hunt in the Rebali Gardens and relax by the pool or sneak a visit to the spa…

Day 5 - Head to Marrakech

You can switch to Marrakech on day 4 or day 5 depending on your requirements. If you have older children then we suggest opting for a riad in the centre of town but for this itinerary we are suggesting Oasis Lodges around 30 minutes out of town. It is a fabulous place to stay with direct access to Oasiria Water Park.

Morocco kasbah

Day 6 & 7 - Marrakech & Atlas

For the days around Marrakech we recommend the following:

– A full day in the Atlas Mountains including a guide and lunch in one of the Berber Villages (included in the price)
– An evening trip into Marrakech to explore the souks and see the main square come to life
– Lazy time around the beautiful pool…

Day 8 - Home

It is only 30 minutes back to the airport and your driver will arrive in plenty of time for your flight. Being so close makes it a relaxing end to a holiday with plenty going on for all the family

Details -

Cost for the 7 nights including private transfers and the day trip up to the mountains is from only £600 per person excluding flights. This is on B&B basis and is based on 4 people in a private villa at Rebali and a family bungalow at Oasis Lodges.

You can get flights from as little as £100 per person return and do ask us for advice.  Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

All prices correct at the time of writing.  Give us a call or email us at to discuss your requirements and get a confirmed price.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans.  We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.

What's included?

  • Prices start from £510 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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The start and finish for most Morocco Holidays. Highlights are the souks in the old Medina, the main square in the evening, the Majorelle gardens and the historical sites. You should definitely stay in a Marrakech Riad for at least a few nights but also some beautiful villas and hotels on the edge of town in rural Marrakech. Click for suggested riads More
Essaouira is our favourite at all times of year. Probably the prettiest coastal town in Morocco and loads to see and do. Great camel trekking, horse-riding, surfing kite/windsurfing, cooking lessons, lovely medina (more relaxing shopping than Marrakech). Also great places to stay in town and in the village click below for suggestions More
High Atlas Mountains
Incredibly close to Marrakech but a world apart, the Atlas mountains are an essential visit. Go for a day trip (trekking or driving tour), or stay in one of the beautiful kasbahs perched on a hilltop to relax and soak up the views More
Sahara Desert
The massive dunes of the Sahara should be on anyone's "bucket list" and it is easy to do a trip into the desert from Marrakech, Fes or the coast with a bit of planning More
Ait Ben Haddou
One of the most famous sights in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou is a rock fortress on the south side of the Atlas. Always a good stopping point on our desert tours and a must for the photo album More
The Gorges
The Todra and Dades Gorges maybe a little over-hyped but certainly worth a stop on the way to Mezourga - part of our Desert & Gorges Tour More
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Having been re-built after and earthquake 50 years ago it doesn't have as much charm as other Moroccan cities but the beach and climate are lovely More
Oualidia Lagoon
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The biggest city in Morocco and an industrial sprawl. We generally advise not stopping there and even if flying to Casablanca head North to Fes/Rabat or south to Marrakech/Essaouira. If you are passing through it is worth visiting the spectacular seafront mosque.
Fes makes for a fabulous long weekend or as part of our "Grand Tour". The highlight is the medina which most people prefer to Marrakech, partly as it is on a hill you are much more aware of the geography. Also, do a day trip to the Roman ruins at Volubilis and ask about a night or two in the village of Bhalil More
The second good dune area of Morocco is Erg Chebbi by Merzouga - easier to get to (no 4x4 needed) and whilst the dunes are stunning we prefer Erg Cheggaga for a proper desert experience. More

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