Winter in Morocco snow on the Atlas Mountains

The perfect winter getaway to Morocco

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When you think of Morocco, our bet is your mind goes straight to images of the golden sands of the Sahara Desert, savouring the shade in city souks or stretching out by the pool under the hot African sun. But, first impressions aren’t always to be trusted!

 Morocco is a fantastic winter destination, too. 

  Cosy rooms with roaring fireplaces

  Quiet and peaceful markets

  Romantic 5* riads overlooking snow-capped mountains

Emma and Rebecca, our Morocco specialists (there they are below!), LOVE this country at any time of year. But, they both agree that the Moroccan winter months offer something a little bit special.

So, pop your feet up, get cosy and find out more below…

Days 1-3: Essaouira

Your adventure starts in Essaouira. The vibe here is exactly what you’d expect from a coastal city: Relaxed, chilled and a much more calming introduction to this exotic country than the bigger, more central cities would be. Plus, the locals are so friendly and welcoming to tourists too, so you’ll be welcomed and seduced by this place in equal measure.

Highlights include: 
✓ Grab a delicious dinner and indulge in a romantic hammam experience for two at a traditional Riad hotel. We love Villa Maroc!
✓  Amble around beautiful Essaouira and its ancient ramparts
✓  Learn all about the flavours of Morocco at a cooking workshop (just like our Emma in the photo above!)

Days 4-5: Unwind in luxury in the Atlas Mountains

Head to the Atlas Mountains where the romance of the beautiful rolling hills, set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains is so enchanting at this time of year.

Highlights include: 
✓  Nestled within 60 acres of parkland, flower beds, olive trees, orchards and plenty of rose bushes, Domaine De La Roseraie just oozes romance and is one of our favourite hotels in the region.  
✓  Explore the remote surrounding villages and get a real taste of mountain life.
✓  Take a guided walk in Ouirgane, through the heart of Berber country. This is the perfect opportunity to get an authentic glimpse what life in the mountains is like.

Day 6: A night under the desert stars

It’s time for a desert adventure! Head to the Agafay Stone Desert and find yourself in a completely different, almost otherworldly landscape. 

Highlights include: 
✓  Stay in one of the Inara Camp’s luxury tents and spend a romantic, opulent night under the stars. 
✓  Watch the sun sink below the horizon, painting the wide sky all shades of pink and red as you experience the magic (and slight discomfort – if we’re honest!) of a sunset camel ride. Your buttocks might not thank you, but your memories will!
✓  Take a dip in their ‘desert lagoon’ swimming pool, whilst gazing out across the far-reaching plains of the stone desert and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains beyond.

Days 7-9: Marrakesh

Head to Marrakesh (just an hour’s drive away!) and you’ll find yourself in the buzzing, sense-assaulting medina. Quite the contrast to the wide open spaces and starry skies of the stone desert, Marrakesh really is one of the jewels in Morocco’s crown.

Highlights include: 
✓  Hidden behind imposing and impressive, carved wooden doors, La Maison Arabe is a great choice for a winter stay in Morocco. Almost palatial in style, it will quickly become your calming o

asis amidst the frenzy of the medina.
✓ Head to their amazing spa for the ultimate pampering afternoon.
✓  Enjoy a true feast for the senses on a souks and medina tour with a local guide.

Day 10: Time to fly home

Never anyone’s favourite day of a holiday, but today it’s time to head back to the airport for your flight home. We can guarantee you’ll be sad to leave, but we’re also fairly sure the memories and photos from your romantic Morocco adventures will make the flight home a happy one.

Rebecca and Emma, are at the end of the phone on 01242 253 073 ready to share their first-hand knowledge of Morocco and answer any questions you may have about getting a winter break in the diary!