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Morocco Holidays 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:00 AM

Holidays to Morocco 2017

A holiday to Morocco is a great choice of destination for various reasons; it’s just a short flight from the UK, plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy, a total contrast in culture and last but not least, delicious food!

For those who are considering Morocco as a possible holiday destination, this exotic and fascinating country has so much to offer a foreign visitor. From stunning mountain landscapes, exotic cities with a wealth of ancient culture and history to the magical Sahara desert and Atlantic coastline.

 

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Shopping and Souks

Monday, 31 October 2016 12:00 AM

Fancy somewhere different this year to do your Christmas shopping? Why not take off for a short break in the exciting 'Red City' for Christmas shopping in the souks? Just a short haul flight (3.5 hours) from the UK from various airports.

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NEW Direct flights to Morocco

Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:00 AM

There are some new flight schedules recently published by Ryanair making Morocco even more accessible from the UK. It is a relatively short haul flight from the UK (approx. 3.5 hours) and is served by national carriers and budget airlines, making it the most accessible country outside of Europe for a holiday from the UK.

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How Far To The Moroccan Sahara

Monday, 8 August 2016 12:00 AM

The Sahara seems to be almost touching distance from Marrakech on the map, but with the High Atlas Mountains between them and other slow roads the journey is realistically more than a day's drive.

A holiday should be enjoyable and there are amazing places on route to visit and stay at, we are here to help you have an enjoyable holiday.

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Buying Currency For Your Moroccan Holiday

Friday, 22 July 2016 12:00 AM

Forget the "great rate" of your favourite forex shop in the UK, the best rates are invariably found in Morocco.

Whilst some phenomenal rates are occasionally offered at forex counters in Marrakech medina, excellent rates are available in a more convenient and reliable position - on the public side of arrivals at the airport (after you have got your bags and are being met by your driver).

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Cool Guide To Marrakech

Friday, 15 July 2016 12:00 AM

Annabelle Thorpe wrote the Cool Guide to Marrakech for the Times on Saturday 27 September 2014. This included a number of her choices of best boutique hotels to stay in in and around Marrakech. A few years later, we still think she is right.

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Palais Oumensour & Holidays in Taroudant

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:00 AM

Palais Oumensour has become one of our most popular riads in Morocco over the last few years, set in the heart of Taroudant town (under an hour from Agadir airport).

It is a wonderful place to relax in the heart of the medina or from which to explore locally or further afield in the south, the High Atlas Mountains and towards the desert.

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Naturally Morocco’s 20th Birthday

Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:00 AM

We are pleased to announce that today is Naturally Morocco’s 20th birthday. It all started back in 1996 with a simple idea born in the remote area of West Wales to provide holidays to Morocco that are specifically designed and tailor made to suit each and every individual.

Over the years, we have stayed true to this idea and avoided the typical ‘package’ holiday and aim to offer all our customers an authentic and traditional Moroccan experience, hence our ‘Experience the Real Morocco’ slogan.

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Trekking in the High Atlas Mountains

Sunday, 12 June 2016 12:00 AM

The High Atlas Mountains offers an exciting range of trekking (or gentle walking) options, from half day walks to multiple days up the highest peak in North Africa, all in stunning surroundings just a short drive from Marrakech.

Naturally Morocco offers qualified, experienced and English speaking guides in various areas.

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Entry Into Morocco from Spain

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 12:00 AM

Travelling overland and entering Morocco by sea from Spain is an interesting route, which currently is popular with many customers.

Whilst the border is formally open between the two countries, the countries have a long history as close neighbours and occasionally the border can be closed for a short time with minimal notice.

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Arriving At Marrakech Airport

Friday, 3 June 2016 12:00 AM

Holidays can be a little stressful – travelling to the airport on time, security checks and the flight time can lead to the arrival into a different country to be a little nerve-wracking.

Naturally Morocco seeks to make every holiday for its customers as enjoyable and stress free as possible, so a little information on what to expect as you arrive and advice for that time will certainly help.

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Easyjet flight departures May 2016

Monday, 30 May 2016 12:00 AM

Easyjet flight departures

As of 30th May 2016, Easyjet have published the introduction of a new '30 minute cut off point' to avoid their passengers rushing through security at the last minute to board their flight.

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Focus on Marrakech Riads – Riad El Zohar

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:00 AM

Riad El Zohar is one of our many favourites well located in Marrakech medina, just a short walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna, the souks and is easy to find.

Choosing the right accommodation for your holiday in Morocco is key to making your holiday be one to remember and we are here to help ensure you do.

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Dream Trip to Morocco 2016

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:00 AM

At Naturally Morocco, we do love it when we our customers return from their trip having had the most fantastic time. For many, it is a trip of a lifetime, especially a visit to the magnificent Sahara Desert.

Just recently, one of our lovely customers Diane Cancilla from Canada returned from her 'Dream Trip' to Morocco and gave us a wonderful account of her journey...

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A Self-Driving Holiday in Morocco – The Decision To Self Drive

Thursday, 5 May 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and Jane, both in their late 70s, booked with Naturally Morocco a nine night self-driving trip in the south of Morocco, their first self driving holiday outside of Europe.

In these articles they share their experiences of their trip and their thoughts on driving in Morocco - starting here with their decision to self-drive.

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A Self-Driving Holiday in Morocco – Car Hire and Driving Practicalities

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and Jane, both in their late 70s, did a self-driving trip in late February/ early March in the south of Morocco, organised by Naturally Morocco.

Even through it was their first self-driving trip outside of Europe they loved it and wanted to share their experiences of their trip - finishing here with driving practicalities in Morocco, and their hire car.

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A Self-Driving Holiday in Morocco – Driving in Morocco

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 12:00 AM

Mike and Jane, both in their late 70s, decided to do a self-driving trip in late February/ early in the south of Morocco, organised by Naturally Morocco.

It was their first self-driving trip outside of Europe and was an exceptional one and they share their account of their trip - continuing here with their route taken and how they found driving in Morocco.

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Rose Festival May 2016

Friday, 29 April 2016 12:00 AM

The small town of Kalaat M’Gouna is well known for its annual Rose Festival which takes place on May 12th 2016.

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Volubilis- Roman Ruins in Morocco

Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:00 AM

Volubilis is a partially excavated Roman ruin stretching over a 42 hectare site around situated about a one hour drive north of Meknes. Designated a World heritage Site in 1997, it is the most extensive and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.

 

 

 

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Roman Ruins in Morocco - The Chellah

Thursday, 14 April 2016 03:00 PM

The Chellah is a walled ruin of a town that lies in a short walk from the current medina of Rabat. Designated as part of the World heritage Site of Rabat in 2012, it is the most popular tourist site in Rabat and houses both Roman ruins and a 14th century Muslim necropolis.

It is an overgrown and atmospheric site adorned by storks’ nests, littered with ruins and Roman columns and is a fascinating place to meander around.

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UK Passport Delays & Moroccan Tourist Arrivals

Monday, 28 March 2016 12:00 AM

It is reported that there can be long delays in getting passport renewals in the UK so do plan in advance for your holiday in Morocco. Remember that your passport need only be valid for the duration of your stay (although some airlines may require 3 month validity beyond the period of your intended stay and always best to check this beforehand so you don't get caught out). For UK citizens and many nationals, no visa is needed for your holiday.

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Activities in Morocco - Trekking in the High Atlas Mountains

Friday, 4 March 2016 12:00 AM

Trekking in Morocco

The High Atlas Mountains offer a huge range of trekking opportunities (or gentle walking) in spectacular surroundings. The foothills of the High Atlas start around 30 minutes drive south of Marrakech and the main trekking centres are only around 1.5 hours away from Marrakech.

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Moroccan Argan Oil

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 12:00 AM

Moroccan Argan Oil

This truly magical 'Liquid Gold' as it’s known, is unique to Morocco and still produced using traditional methods. Many of the ‘Argan Cooperatives’ found in various cities, towns and smaller villages in Morocco supply oil for culinary purposes but is also becoming increasingly popular cosmetically (in its unroasted form) for the hair, to treat a variety of skin diseases, as a natural moisturiser but also to combat wrinkles!

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Sahara Desert Dunes Adventure

Thursday, 4 February 2016 12:00 AM

Sahara Desert Dunes Adventure

I know we recommend trips to the Sahara desert on a regular basis, but for good reason. This is just one of the fascinating and beautiful regions of Morocco and a really exciting adventure. Not just for the intrepid travellers, but suitable for all travellers who are looking for a memorable holiday somewhere hot and exotic. It is also an insightful experience for families travelling with their children and a wonderful opportunity to explore one of nature’s great wonders.

A highly recommended trip for those who are looking for something different when searching for their next holiday destination. 

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Winter Retreats in Morocco 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:00 AM

If you fancy escaping the winter weather and contemplating heading for warmer climates, the south of Morocco is just the place. For many of us, tolerating many months of low temperatures, rain and howling wind is just too much and we crave some warmth and sunshine.

Whilst most of Morocco has a reasonably good climate and can be pleasantly warm, the south is a much better option for a little additional warmth.

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A Day On Holiday in Rabat

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 12:00 AM

A Day On Holiday in Rabat

Rabat is a great city for a shorter break or as part of a longer holiday day in Morocco. It is a city with a lovely range of things to see and places to wander and is a great peaceful destination that I cannot rate highly enough for a day or two.

But everyone is different, what you and I want from a holiday in Morocco will not be the same, so below this intro I write a little about a typical day for me in Rabat on my most recent trip.

Have a read of this then give our team a call to discuss what you want from a holiday. Fly into and out of Rabat international airport, or take the train on to Marrakech to the south or north to Fez and Meknes.

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Moroccan Lamb Tajine

Monday, 30 November 2015 12:00 AM

Moroccan Lamb Tajine

Friends of mine have just come back from Morocco, a fairly short holiday but they managed to go to a favourite restaurant of mine and have a Mechoui – a highly spiced roasted lamb (either whole or leg), slow cooked until the meat is soft and falls off the bone. They loved it, luckily, as it was my recommendation and my favourite dish.

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Morocco Holidays for the More Mature Travellers

Friday, 27 November 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco Holidays for the More Mature Travellers

Naturally Morocco is here to help. We are here to help you find the right region in Morocco, the right accommodation and the right transport. As well as advising on the right things for you to do, finally but most importantly, we are here to cover any and every question you have during the booking process to make sure you are well prepared for your holiday in Morocco.

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James Bond on Holiday in Morocco

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:00 AM

James Bond on Holiday in Morocco

OK … in Spectre he wasn’t exactly taking a holiday during his trip in Morocco but yet another film decided to incorporate Morocco into their script.

A long line of films (Bourne series, Gladiator etc) have based at part of their story of filming explicitly or otherwise in Morocco. Much of the filming is done towards the desert and Morocco has large studios near Ait Ben Haddou, but Spectre went further in to the desert towards Merzouga.

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Holiday Reviews On Trust Pilot

Monday, 16 November 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco is a fabulous country to explore and Naturally Morocco is here to ensure that you get the most from your holiday – a little hand holding goes a long way as you can tell from recent reviews of us on Trust Pilot.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in January

Friday, 13 November 2015 12:00 AM

The midwinter in the UK is a bleak place, but with warm weather, off-season flight prices and some special offers available on accommodation, Morocco offers a great holiday and a great escape, especially to the more southerly destinations – perhaps the culture of Taroudant or the adventure of the desert.

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A Day On Holiday in Fez

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:00 AM

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Holidays in Morocco During Ramadan

Saturday, 7 November 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco is a great place for a holiday at any time of year and Ramadan is no exception, but we ask clients to understand that service may not be as good as normal when people are hungry and thirsty and to have respect for those observing Ramadan.

Ramadan will be observed from 6th June to 7th July 2016.

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Harira Soup – The Moroccan Holiday Must

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 12:00 AM

Harira Soup – The Moroccan Holiday Must

Whilst the tajine is the most famous Moroccan recipe and is a certainty that you will try whilst on your holiday in Morocco, harira is another traditional Moroccan dish that is very understated and rather under publicised and definitely something that you should try.

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A Holiday Day Walking In Morocco

Friday, 30 October 2015 12:00 AM

A Holiday Day Walking In Morocco

Morocco might be a place for a holiday of cultural insight – a moderate Islamic country a short flight away from the UK – but it is also blessed with some outstanding natural beauty.

Your holiday can take in as little or as much of this natural wonder, ranging from the sandy Atlantic shores through to the awe inspiring barren desert, but for those holiday makers passing through Marrakech (or Taroudant to the south)I can thoroughly recommend the High Atlas Mountains.

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Finding the Real Morocco

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:00 AM

Finding the Real Morocco

Below is another account from Mr & Mrs Maxwells on their recent travels in their quest to find ‘The Real Morocco’…

‘It’s so exciting’, we said to each other, as we sat side by side on the British Airways flight from Gatwick, ‘we’re going to see the real Morocco: Marrakech and Ouarzazate, Merzouga and Essaouira, the Kasbahs of Ait Benhaddou, the troglodyte caves of the Todra gorge. The Real Morocco.’....

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A Day On Holiday In Essaouira

Saturday, 24 October 2015 12:00 AM

A Day On Holiday In Essaouira

Essaouira is a beautiful and interesting Moroccan town on the Atlantic coast. It is a comfortable drive due west from Marrakech but now also has direct flights from the UK making it a great holiday destination.

So what is it like there and what might I expect in a typical day?

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Shopping for carpets in Morocco

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 12:00 AM

Shopping for carpets in Morocco

At Naturally Morocco, one of the many things we love about what we do is stories that our clients regale us with on their return.

It is so refreshing to hear detailed personal experiences about their journey they have taken and adapting to their new unfamiliar surroundings. I could spend hours and hours reading feedback and reviews, but picked this one out recently as my favourite. It’s an amusing account from one of clients who recently travelled to Morocco in September 2015 and their experience in ‘buying a carpet’. This story made me smile as it was something I could totally relate to on my very first trip back in 2009….

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Alcohol On Holiday In Morocco

Monday, 12 October 2015 12:00 AM

Alcohol On Holiday In Morocco

Everyone has their own wish list or needs for a holiday, which is why Naturally Morocco is here to create the right holiday for each individual and why we are now in our 20th year of doing so.

For me a holiday is about the right mix of relaxation and interest, and I like to relax in the evening with a little drink.

Morocco is a Muslim country and this does have an effect on the availability of alcohol during your holiday which you should be aware of.

It is possible to have your occasional drink without offending local sensitivities, but it is best to go on holiday prepared and informed.

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A Day On Holiday In Taroudant

Tuesday, 6 October 2015 12:00 AM

A Day On Holiday In Taroudant

A little knowledge can go a long way in easing fears for those new customers who have not been on holiday to Morocco before, and a common questions is the general “what’s it like there?” so I write below a typical day on my last holiday in Taroudant as a taste of what to expect.

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Holiday In Essaouira – Surfing

Friday, 2 October 2015 06:00 PM

Holiday In Essaouira – Surfing

My first holiday in Morocco, before I became involved with Naturally Morocco, was with a small group of friends wanting a relaxing get-away.

Naturally Morocco came up in our search and they suggested Essaouira as a possible destination and soon enough we were staying in a riad there.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in December

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 12:00 AM

Whilst its cold and wet at home, Morocco experiences wonderfully temperate weather in December, with average temperatures in the late teen deg C in most places albeit evenings and nights can be chilly.

This is still a good month to head south, perhaps even to the desert if you are feeling adventurous or maybe just to the southern medina town of Taroudant. Marrakech is a good option although it will be full over the holiday period, but maybe a quick shopping trip before the holidays is a treat that you deserve this year.

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Compensation For Delayed Flights To Morocco

Sunday, 27 September 2015 12:00 AM

Compensation For Delayed Flights To Morocco

There’s almost nothing worse than starting or ending a holiday to Morocco, or any other holiday with a bad flight. With the proliferation of routes over the last 20 years since Naturally Morocco first started, and the reduction in seat prices due to the budget airlines, holidays to Morocco have become progressively easier, more flexible and cost conscious and flights are generally a minor inconvenience to soon forget on your arrival.

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Morocco Holiday Gems – Chefchaouen

Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco Holiday Gems – Chefchaouen

The holiday market is becoming ever more focussed on Marrakech, which gives great opportunities to holiday makers to explore in greater peace elsewhere.

One such excellent destination is Chefchaouen - a sleepy yet stunning town nestled in the foothills of the Rif mountains.

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Holiday In Fez and Chefchaouen

Monday, 21 September 2015 12:00 AM

Holiday In Fez and Chefchaouen

The north of Morocco is an amazing place to take your holiday. The scenery of the countryside, especially the Middle Atlas and Rif mountains, is spectacular and a little more lush than the more arid regions further south; and, the cities and towns are less touristy than Marrakech yet are full of interest and places to explore.

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Moroccan Tajine – A Holiday Delight

Thursday, 17 September 2015 12:00 AM

Moroccan Tajine – A Holiday Delight

One of the delights of a holiday in Morocco is the delicious food. Morocco has a distinctly different culture from our own and the food reflects it, blending the Arab and other influences that have been creating Moroccan culture over centuries.

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A Day in Marrakech

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:00 AM

A Day On Holiday In Marrakech

Many of our customers have a little fear of the unknown before they book and holiday to Morocco, so I write below a typical day on my last holiday in Marrakech to give a taste of what to expect.

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Time to Book Easyjet Flights to Morocco

Thursday, 10 September 2015 12:00 AM

Naturally Morocco always works to get the right flights for your holiday, but you can help us to get the best value flights by planning ahead. Easyjest flights for next spring go on sale on Thursday 10th September so get planning now for typically the best prices.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in October

Monday, 31 August 2015 12:00 AM

October is a wonderful month in Morocco as the temperatures across the country are relatively comfortable, even in the desert.

The desert is an adventure - a long distance to travel - but the journey can be extraordinary and October is the ideal month for such a holiday. However, Morocco has so much more to offer from beautiful beaches, stunning mountains and historic cities, so talk to us about what's right for you.

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Holidays in Morocco for Families

Sunday, 23 August 2015 12:00 AM

Holidays in Morocco are great for families. We are in our 20th year of selling Morocco holidays and a common question is “will my kids like it in Morocco?”

Unfortunately we don’t know the exact details of every family that phone through, their specific likes and dislikes but we are here to talk through with you options and giving you answers to specific questions so that you can draw an informed decision. Just give us a call to discuss the possibilities.

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Autumn Moroccan Holiday Ideas

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:00 AM

Autumn is a great time to visit Morocco, lovely temperatures, many special offers on accommodations and flights can be cheap, but plan early for the best deals.

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Moroccan Architecture - Riads and Dars

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco's rich architectural heritage includes riads and dars, both forms of family home, many of which have now been converted into boutique accommodation for visitors to Morocco. These two terms are explored here.

To find raids or dars to stay in, type that term into our search function.

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Moroccan Architecture - Agadirs, Foundouks and Massreiya

Monday, 3 August 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco's rich architectural heritage includes the lesser known agadirs (fortified storage buildings) and foundouks (merchant travellers' accommodation). Whilst these buildings are no longer used for their historical purposes, these two terms are explored here and are worth seeking out in your visit to Morocco.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in September

Friday, 31 July 2015 12:00 AM

After Morocco's peak summer heat, the temperatures across Morocco in September are relatively comfortable and open up all destinations for holiday makers.

Fez and Meknes, the most northerly Imperial cities, and Marrakech further south are all land trapped and typically uncomfortable in peak heat but are now coming into their prime and can be combined to make a fascinating multi centre holiday.

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Morocco Holiday Choices – Marrakech Medina or Palmery

Friday, 10 July 2015 12:00 AM

Marrakech, due to the great choice of flights to its international airport, is the gateway to the Morocco or a destination in its own right for most visitors to the country and can easily be combined with a second (or more) destination(s).

Marrakech offers a choice of location for your accommodation - the Medina or the Palmery - each with its own appeal and what is right for you depends on what you are looking for in your holiday. We will help choose on the right location and accommodation for you.

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How Safe Are Holidays in Morocco?

Monday, 6 July 2015 12:00 AM

… I’m talking in the context of recent events in Tunisia, differentiate between countries as Morocco is probably as safe as almost any other major holiday destination.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in August

Sunday, 28 June 2015 12:00 AM

In August, as in July, the most temperate destinations in Morocco are on the Atlantic coast and there's a number of excellent options offering culture and/ or natural beauty. I'll also add into this the southern medina town of Taroudant, which is relatively temperate and has a number of cultural options available.

Away from the coast many places are will be relatively very hot, so choose carefully, pools are a great asset, and recognise that the sun is very hot, and leave the desert adventure to later in the year.

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Morocco - A Great Different Holiday

Monday, 15 June 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco is different from Europe, which is why it so appealing as a holiday destination; but it is different from Europe, which is why some holiday makers have a little trepidation before their trip.

With Naturally Morocco you get excellent accommodation and professional transfers to make sure the holiday fundamentals are sorted.

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The Imperial Morocco

Tuesday, 9 June 2015 12:00 AM

Holidays in Morocco are increasingly becoming focussed on Marrakech, but the Imperial cities of the north of Morocco - Fez, Meknes and Rabat - offer a vastly different experience away from the weekend crowds.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in July

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:00 AM

In July many places are getting relatively very hot - most obviously the desert region (wait until the autumn to visit there), but most inland destinations are also hot.

However, there are a number of excellent destinations on the Atlantic coast that offer a mix of culture and natural beauty and the southern town of Taroudant is also relatively temperate and offers a great option for those seeking to explore Moroccan culture further.

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If Your Morocco Holiday Isn’t Perfect

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:00 AM

As for any holiday destination it is possible that something happens during your holiday that is not quite right.

If so, say so soon so it can be corrected then and there, be polite and don't be shy. If you are travelling with Naturally Morocco we are here to help.

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20th Year of Selling Holidays To Morocco

Friday, 8 May 2015 12:00 AM

Naturally Morocco is just entering its 20th year of existence. In a fast changing world we offer a level of knowledge and experience which is vital to get away from the mass market and explore the wonders of Morocco.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in June

Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:00 AM

June is a fabulous month to holiday in Morocco with warm temperatures across the country without the excessive temperatures of peak summer.

Classic places to visit in June include the cities and towns of the Atlantic coast and the Imperial cities. Although virtually every destination in Morocco is good to visit in June the Saharan desert region is starting to become hot and may be a little too warm for some visitors in later June.

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Insurance on your Moroccan Holiday

Friday, 24 April 2015 12:00 AM

Have an excellent Morocco Holiday, but remember to have adequate travel insurance for your peace of mind. Unforeseen and unfortunate events can occur - e.g. personal medical issues - and you don't want to be significantly out of pocket for the same of relatively cheap insurance.

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Taking Photos In Morocco

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco is a stunning country. Virtually everywhere you look there is something to catch your eye and you will want to try to capture some of that beauty or life on your camera, a chance to savour some of that magical Moroccan holiday well after you return home.

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Marrakech – Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice

Friday, 3 April 2015 12:00 AM

We know that Marrakech is a special holiday destination – easily accessible, wonderful climate and people, excellent accommodation and plenty of interest in and around the city.

Now it has been voted No 1 destination worldwide in the Trip Advisor's Travellers' Choice 2015 awards.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in May

Monday, 30 March 2015 12:00 AM

May, as for all of Spring and Autumn, is a classic time for a Morocco holiday, the whole of Morocco is pleasantly hot yet the peak summer heat is a while away. The Imperial cities of the north are in their prime, the Atlantic coastal towns are very pleasant and even the desert in the south is relatively temperate.

School holiday season will affect flight and accommodation prices and availability so plan ahead.

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Sunday Times Travel - Most Memorable Driving Trips

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:00 AM

Reassuringly familiar yet thrillingly exotic, Morocco has empty roads and epic scenery. The driving loop in 8 days takes you on a hairpin-tastic drive from Marrakech south to Taroudant, along to the Todra Gorge and back to the start.

This is an excellent article from the Sunday Times in 2012 that is well worth rereading now.

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When To Book Flights To Morocco

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:00 AM

The Momondo flight comparison website has created a lot of statistics to support the obvious conclusion that, for the cheapest flights from London to Marrakech, book as far in advance of departure as possible and fly on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Isabella Bird

Sunday, 8 March 2015 12:00 AM

Lizzie Porter wrote an article for the Telegraph on-line on 10 Great Female travellers to help celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March.

Her list included Isabella Bird who, amongst her varied travelling, accompanied the Berbers in Morocco, a taste of which can be gained on our camel treks in the Moroccan Sahara.

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Essaouira, Essaouira, Essaouira

Wednesday, 4 March 2015 12:00 AM

New direct flights from the UK to Essaoira from 1 May 2015 are going to make Essaouira an even more attractive place to vist, either as a relaxing long weekend or as part of a longer holiday in Morocco

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in April

Saturday, 28 February 2015 01:00 PM

April and May are classic months to travel to Morocco, temperatures are increasing nicely (and are not too hot in the desert) and any winter rains are coming to an end.

With school holidays in April and May significantly affecting flight prices and accommodation availability, plan round those peak times if possible to see any part of Morocco - from the Imperial cities of the north to Taroudant or the desert of the south.

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American Sniper, Morocco, Real Morocco

Monday, 23 February 2015 12:00 AM

Tom Chesshyre recommended Naturally Morocco's Real Morocco programme in the Travel Section of the Saturday Times on 21 February 2015 for those interested in visiting Morocco, the location for some of the filming of American Sniper.

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Churchill and Roosevelt in Marrakech

Monday, 16 February 2015 12:00 AM

Churchill termed Marrakech the "Paris of the Sahara" following a winter there before the war and was so enamoured with it he insisted that he and Roosevelt take a break from their war planning in Casablanca to visit the city in 1943.

Much has changed since then but the beauty that inspired Churchill's paintings remains.

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Adventure Holidays in Morocco

Monday, 9 February 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco isn't just there for fascinating medina cities and towns, it also has a great range of adventurous activities to choose from if you're after something different - from white water rafting to camel trekking - and all just a short flight away.

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Moroccan Architecture - Kasbahs & Ksours, Medinas and Mellahs

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:00 AM

Morocco's rich architectural heritage includes kasbahs and ksars, both forms of fortified building or area. These two terms are explored here along with an overview of Moroccan medinas and mellahs.

To find kasbahs or kars to stay in, type that term into our search function.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in March

Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:00 AM

In March the south of Morocco continues to be very attractive – the route to the Saharan desert and Taroudant and the Anti Atlas region becoming very pleasantly warm – but temperatures across Morocco are rising and other options are becoming more appealing, including Marrakech.

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Taroudant, Souss Massa and Morocco's South in Spring

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:00 AM

The south of Morocco is less frequently visited than other regions of Morocco but is a beautiful region to explore in spring - the fertile valleys of the Anti Atlas, the wildlife of the Souss Massa and the Berber heritage of Taroudant.

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Explore Beyond The Easy

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:00 AM

Direct accommodation booking providers have led to a huge focus on short breaks to Marrakech but Morocco is so much more and please understand the best accommodation for you is not necessarily the cheapest one.

Naturally Morocco creates considered holidays that explore the wide possibilities of Morocco.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in February

Thursday, 1 January 2015 12:00 AM

In February head south - to the desert for the adventurous for camel treks, endless night skies and nights in Bedouin tents - or to Taroudant and the Anti Atlas for those wanting to relax more but with the option of cultural insight or searching for agadirs.

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Morocco - Inspirational Holiday Ideas

Monday, 29 December 2014 12:00 AM

Most holiday makers head for Marrakech but there is so much more to explore and experience across Morocco - from the unique Fez towards the north to the rarely explored Anti Atlas in the south.

Naturally Morocco is here to help you have a wonderful holiday.

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ATOL Protection on Your Morocco Holiday

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:00 AM

ATOL bonding gives protection for holidays that are flight packages (flight and accommodation bought as 1 package) - insuring the delivery of your holiday, and the CAA provides materials to explain this in detail.

We also require our customers to have adequate holiday insurance, to cover such things as medical emergencies, and you may decide to pay by credit card and so have some protection under the Consumer Protection Act.

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Special Value Moroccan Holidays

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:00 AM

Cheap flights and well-priced accommodation can combine to give an excellent value holiday. Peak periods can be relatively pricey, but if you can plan your holiday in Morocco away from those times we'll work hard to get the best prices for you.

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Flooding in Southern Morocco

Monday, 8 December 2014 12:00 AM

Following some of the heaviest rainfall on record, certain regions in the south of Morocco experienced their worst flash floods in living memory - with a reported 47 dead and hundreds of homes destroyed.

Southern Morocco is arid but flash floods do occasionally occur in dry riverbeds, but loss of live is very rare. Our thoughts go out to those affected.

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Holidays in Essaouira - Sunday Times

Wednesday, 3 December 2014 12:00 AM

With direct flights from the UK to Essaouira starting on 1 May 2015, the beautiful medina town is even more accessible and a great holiday destination.

Linda Cookson wrote in the Sunday Times of its appeal and her explorations there.

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A Holiday Weekend in Fez, Morocco

Monday, 1 December 2014 12:00 AM

Lesley Thomas extolled the virtues of Fez for a weekend break in an article in the Saturday Times. We agree that it is an excellent choice, although we would typically recommend avoiding mid winter at as all other times it can be a gorgeous and fascinating medina city to visit.

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Flights to Essaouira, Morocco

Monday, 24 November 2014 12:00 AM

A new budget airline route has just been announced - Luton to Essaouira starting 1 May 2015, twice weekly.

With open-jaws flights possible, this opens up the beautiful and interesting Atlantic coastal town even more, reducing the need for car journeys to Marrakech.

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L'Ma Lodge in Skoura

Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:00 AM

L'Ma lodge is our latest addition to our accommodation portfolio - a superb boutique hotel in the oasis of Skoura. With a selection of rooms, great food and pretty gardens this is a place to relax and from where to enjoy exploring the local area, perhaps on route to the desert.

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Karen Reminisces of Morocco

Monday, 17 November 2014 12:00 AM

Karen, one of our senior travel consultants in the UK, has just returned from her latest trip to Morocco - a work trip not a holiday but checking out a route from Marrakech to the desert that does offer an exciting holiday for those interested in something different - city, moutains, oasis, World heritage site, desert and dunes.

Here are her words written as she returned, which I hope give you the urge to talk to her soon and to follow her steps.

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Water Use On Holiday In Morocco

Friday, 14 November 2014 12:00 AM

Water is a precious resource in Morocco - it is estimated that the water table in the Souss Basin (the area stretching inland from Agadir, south of the High Atlas) is reducing by aound 1m per year.

As supporters of responsible tourism, we encourage our guests to be sensible in their water use on holiday - simple to do, yet important.

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Karen’s Luxury In Morocco

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:00 AM

One of our travel consultants, Karen, is just finishing a trip down to the desert - starting and finishing in Marrakech. This is a fascinating and beautiful possible holiday but it covers a significant distance and Karen covered it a little faster than we would normally recommend.

However, she has finished her trip in style, staying in the Palmery region of Marrakech for a little (albeit brief) luxury and relaxation before heading back to the office.

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Trip To The Moroccan Desert

Friday, 7 November 2014 12:00 AM

Our travel consultants regularly visit Morocco to refresh their knowledge and find new things and the latest to go is Karen, who is in the desert right now.

She's posting wonderful photos and comments on our Facebook page as she goes, which makes that journey sound an interesting holiday - call us if it sparks your imagination.

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Supreme Court - Flight Delay Compensation

Monday, 3 November 2014 12:00 AM

The Supreme Court ruling last week may finally bring to a close years of uncertainty over what types of flight delay give rise to compensation for affected passengers.

The ruling (dismissing an appeal by 2 flight companies) states that claims may be made for permissible delays in the last 6 years years and that delays caused by technical faults in the aircraft are not extraordinary, hence compensation is due - currently £470 plus reasonable expenses.

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Shopping Holidays in Morocco

Monday, 27 October 2014 12:00 AM

Laetitia Trouillet wrote an article on Where To Shop In Marrakech for the Saturday Times, 25 October 2014. In that article she mentions a few shops she recommends for shopping trips.

Morocco is a short flight away from the UK and a shopping trip before Christmas can be a great little treat, but beyond the specific fashion shops are the huge souks selling an amazing selection of Moroccan produced items that you will rarely find at home - the only question remains how to get things back home on a budget airline.

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What To Buy on Holiday in Morocco

Friday, 24 October 2014 12:00 AM

As you wander the souks on your Moroccan holiday you can't help but stop occasionally (or often) and wonder at the skill and craftsmanship of the goods on offer - items that you would rarely see at home and normally at excellent prices.

Whether its ceramics, leather, textiles, woodwork or metal work that interests you or may make a unique gift for someone you know a little shopping may be of interest.

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Family Holidays To Morocco - Weather and Food

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is an excellent destination for a family holiday - a step away from the normal holiday but with interesting things to see and do.

In this article we look at some of the basic facts about the weather, food and accommodation so you can rest assured that your family should be comfortable during their holiday.

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Family Holidays To Morocco - Things To Do

Friday, 17 October 2014 12:00 AM

A step away from the normal for adults is a giant leap for kids, but Morocco is a warm and welcoming country that can provide a wonderful and thought provoking holiday to remember for all ages.

In these articles we cover a few of the obvious concerns and questions to show that you need not shy away from Morocco when looking for your next family holiday - here we cover things to do with your family.

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The Telegraph - Winter Sun

Thursday, 9 October 2014 12:00 AM

Lizzie Porter wrote an article for the Telegraph on "where's safe for the winter sun?" highlighting past concerns in the North African and Middle Eastern region.

She highlights Ouarzazate as an interesting option for the winter holidays, which we also believe is an excellent starting point - although a significant distance from international airports, it is in a region full of beautiful scenery and places to visit.

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Christmas Holiday In Marrakech

Monday, 6 October 2014 12:00 AM

Talking about Christmas holidays …. already ? Like most people I don’t want to mention Christmas too early in the year, but Marrakech is getting booked up so this is just a little warning - If you want a holiday in Marrakech over the Christmas period start thinking seriously about it and talk to us soon.

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Ideas for Holidays in Morocco in November

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:00 AM

With comfortable temperatures across Morocco in November and fewer overseas visitors, November is a great time to visit Morocco.

Most obviously for those interested in an adventure the desert is very appealing as temperatures are relatively temperate, but great options exist almost everywhere - perhaps a classic multi-centre trip including Marrakech and Taroudant? Talk to us to find what's best for you.

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Focus on Marrakech Riads – Riad Mur Akush

Thursday, 25 September 2014 12:00 AM

Always seeking the best riads for our customers, Riad Mur Akush is our latest addition for our portfolio in the medina of Marrakech.

Riad Mur Akush is a classic and charming riad with 6 bedrooms located in an excellent position in the heart of the medina and we look forward to using it in bespoke holidays for our customers for many years to come.

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Watch Out On Holiday - Agree A Price Before you Travel

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:00 AM

As on holiday in any country, Morocco has a few pit falls to watch out for when on holiday and in this article we briefly look at local transport and ensure you agree a price before you set off.

We at Naturally Morocco will ensure the fundamental parts of your holiday run smoothly, but exploring and getting lost by yourselves in an ancient medina is part of the experience and something to be enjoyed.

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Watch Out On Holiday - Buying Moroccan Goods

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is the same as any other holiday destination in that there may be unscrupulous locals wanting to take advantage of your nativity. In this article we just raise a couple of more obvious Moroccan items you might be tempted to buy, just so that you are a little cautious if you are tempted.

Naturally Morocco will look after you during the basic parts of your holiday - e.g. transfers, guides and accommodation - but exploring by yourselves an ancient medina and haggling for goods is part of the experience and nothing to be worried about.

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Focus On Moroccan Accommodation – Dar Ayniwen

Friday, 12 September 2014 12:00 AM

Whilst Naturally Morocco is constantly reviewing the best of the newer riads and other boutique accommodation in Morocco, some of the best that we offer are those that we have worked with for many years.

One such boutique hotel is Dar Ayniwen in the Marrkaech Palmery, a luxurious hotel perfect for a special holiday.

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Booking A Holiday To Morocco On-Line

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 12:00 AM

The internet has opened up the holiday market to Morocco, cheap flights and a huge choice of hotels at your finger tips.

This is great news for many people but for many others expert help is needed to choose the right riad in the right destination and to ensure you don't suffer from the rush to bottom price, which on-line booking sites result in.

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Holiday Interruption Due To Volcanic Ash

Friday, 5 September 2014 12:00 AM

Before we start on what rights you have if this happens, please note that there are no volcanic ash clouds currently and none are currently expected - this is an information piece only.

The disruptions in 2010 due to ash clouds tested what flight companies were liable for even though they were extraordinary circumstances. In effect the flight company had to look after its customers in Morocco (and elsewhere) until it could get them home.

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Focus on Marrakech Riads – Riad Hayane

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:00 AM

Riad Hayane is the latest find by our specialist travel consultants - it is a classic riad in the medina of Marrakech close to the Saadien Tombs, and has 6 comfortable rooms set around a peaceful courtyard.

We only take on and recommend riads and other accommodation after an extensive review to ensure that we are confident that our customers will enjoy staying there. There are are hundreds of riads in Marrakech to choose from of very differing quality and style - that is where Naturally Morocco and our vetting procedures come into its own in creating excellent holidays.

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One Day in Marrakech

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:00 AM

Marrakech is a tricky place to describe and recommend - its interesting souks, modern life and places to visit can be rather swamped by tourists - but my day there recently was wonderful and relaxing.

Staying at Riad Cinnamon to the north of the main souk, I was relaxed and well fed and simply ended up wanting more time. My day shows what a day can be like around Marrakech; however, I didn't really push myself that hard.

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Marrakech Riads – Riad Houma

Friday, 22 August 2014 12:00 AM

Riad Houma is our latest addition to our portfolio - a classic riad in the medina of Marrakech close to the Saadien Tombs, yet recently rebuilt and with good modern facilities.

We are very careful about what new accommodation to take on in our portfolio, there are hundreds of riads in Marrakech, but few that offer consistently good service - that is where Naturally Morocco comes into its own in creating excellent holidays.

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Illnesses on Holiday in Morocco

Monday, 18 August 2014 12:00 AM

It is possible to get bugs whilst on holiday in Morocco as it is in almost any country, but generally the chances of anything significant is very low.

Make sure your normal vaccinations are up to date, take care in the sun, and drink bottles water and you should be fine, but stomach upsets can and do occur even so. Also make sure you have adequate holiday insurance just in case, hospitals in Moroccan cities are generally good but there is no reciprocal healthcare agreement with the UK so you would have to pay as you go.

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Mawazine Music Festival 2014 – June in Rabat

Friday, 15 August 2014 12:00 AM

Justin Timberlake was the headline act in Rabat at this year's Mawazine music festival, but with more than 30 acts and numerous street performers entertaining over 2.5 million people in the week, the free festival was a success yet again.

The 2015 edition will be on 29th May to 6th June 2015, and its increasing popularity means that booking quality accommodation early is now important.

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Moroccan Holiday Choices – Chefchaouen or Tetouan

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:00 AM

Getting away from the more obvious - these holiday destinations are hidden away in the foothills of the Rif mountains of Morocco’s north and are relatively difficult to get to, but otherwise they are as different as chalk and cheese.

Chechaouen is picture postcard perfect – beautiful blue and white houses in a compact medina surrounded by stunning mountains – whilst Tetouan is a vast rambling medina of everyday Moroccan life, albeit the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Surfing Holidays in Morocco

Monday, 4 August 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is blessed with an enormous coastline on the Atlantic and warm or hot air temperatures virtually all year round that, coupled with a good seasonal swell, makes Morocco a great place for a surfing holiday.

If you like to dabble with surfing but like a little comfort and culture Naturally Morocco can create a great holiday combining it all.

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Moroccan Zillij

Monday, 28 July 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco's rich cultiural history, dating back to the Romans and Phoenicians has left it with a unique form of artwork - the Zillij - which I hope you encounter on your holiday.

Zillig is abstract geometric mosaic artwork, most often found on public fountains and walls, which requires a huge level of skill and time to create. Consequently its use is steadily decreasing and older pieces are falling into disrepair. Highly photogenic, this is artwork to stand and marvel at during you holiday exploration.

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Sue Visits Taroudant

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:00 AM

Sue, one of our travel consultants, is travelling around Moroccan right now with her sister Marion and posting to our Facebook page.

Having been to Marrakech and Essaouira they have then headed south to Agadir, inland to Taroudant and then completing the circuit back to Marrakech before heading home. They have done a classic trip, which can easily be changed to suit your needs.

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Sue Visits Marrakech and Essaouira

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 12:00 AM

Our travel consultant Sue is travelling around Moroccan right now with her sister Marion and posting to our Facebook page.

So far they have been to Marrakech and Essaouira leaving some wonderful photos to make me jealous, and giving some great travel tips. I know that she is working hard to keep our portfolio of accommodation fresh, but it does look a little like a holiday from some of the photos.

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New Flights to Morocco

Monday, 14 July 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco might be very different from Europe as a holiday destination but it is only a short flight from most European departure point – and more airlines are offering more routes each year.

Our experts at Naturally Morocco are here to help our customers find the best flight options for their holiday.

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Morocco Holiday – A Step out of the West

Friday, 4 July 2014 12:00 AM

So close yet so different, the idea of a holiday in Morocco may be a little daunting for many but Morocco is a wonderful country with a warm welcome.

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Sue's Trip to Morocco

Friday, 27 June 2014 12:00 AM

Sue, one of our Moroccan experts, and Marion, her sister are heading off to Morocco in mid July. They will be visiting Marrakech, Essaouira, the South Atlantic Coast and Tarodant catching up with old friends and checking out new places.

You can follow their trip on Facebook.

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Marrakech or Fez – Where’s Best For My Holiday?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:00 AM

There's a great range of places to visit in Morocco, each with similar fundamentals yet very different characters, and where is best for a holiday depends on what you are looking for - that's where we come in to help you create the right holiday for you.

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Language Barriers in Morocco for Tourists

Monday, 23 June 2014 12:00 AM

Many holiday makers to Morocco are concerned about possible language issues, but don’t be concerned – a little muddling by is part of the adventure.

Where English is not understood, a smile, a few polite gestures and perhaps a little basic French is likely to be all that you need.

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Holiday Flight Delay Compensation

Monday, 16 June 2014 12:00 AM

Whether flying to Morocco or elsewhere for your holiday, flights do occasionally get delayed.

European Commission regulations provide for compansation for passengers on flights delayed by more than 3 hours. Recently the UK's Court of Appeal held that airplane techical faults were entirely ordinary and were not a valid reason for an airline to dismiss a claim for compensation.

However, claims for such delays may not be paid out until after a possible appeal to the Supreme Court (summer 2015), but this decision could have a significant effect on airlines.

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A Driver For Your Moroccan Holiday

Friday, 13 June 2014 12:00 AM

Whilst self-driving on holiday in Morocco is a wonderful way to explore the country, a topic we have written about before, for many guests the option of having a driver allows them to relax even more during their journey.

Moroccan drivers are no better or worse than in most of the world, and luckily they normally drive fairly slowly, but as always you must talk to your driver if things are not to your liking.

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ATOL Bonded Holidays to Morocco

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:00 AM

Naturally Morocco has been a market leader in creating bespoke holidays to Morocco since 1996, and we are ATOL protected. The ATOL scheme is the UK government's licensing scheme to protect customers in the case that a holiday companies fails.

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Why Book a Holiday in Morocco with Naturally Morocco

Monday, 9 June 2014 12:00 AM

Naturally Morocco has a huge wealth of experience to help create the right trip for you at the right riads. Whilst booking direct with a riad in Morocco and creating your own holiday may seem an attractive proposition it has significant potential pitfalls and ignores the extra value that we add.

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Holiday Guides in Morocco

Friday, 6 June 2014 12:00 AM

Guides are a valuable help for introduction to Moroccan towns or cities, drawing out the history and culture that might otherwise be missed, but guides in much of the world are tempted to supplement their income by encouraging their customers to shop – and, unfortunately, Moroccan guides are no exception.

This need not be a significant issue, just don't let it be bigger than it need otherwise be – if you are not interested in shopping during your tour, don’t be timid and just say "no".

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Holiday Street Food In Morocco - Tasty Bites

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 12:00 AM

With larger meals at breakfast and in the evening, light snacks to keep you going in the day are my personal preference, and there's a good choice of street food around towns and cities to try.

Here I write about a couple of my favourite snacks to carry around as I explore a medina or have a train journey to another city.

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Holiday Street Food In Morocco - Larger Snacks

Monday, 2 June 2014 12:00 AM

Moroccan food is great – a range of fresh, carefully prepared and spiced ingredients – but sit-down food is not always wanted when you are on the go, so street food comes into its own.

In these articles we go through a few excellent options to keep you going, and here we write about a larger snack for a light lunch.

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More Special Offers on Holidays in Morocco

Monday, 26 May 2014 12:00 AM

Our close association with some of the top accommodations across Morocco helps get the best service and experience on your holiday, and also get special deals for our customers.

Here we note a few more special deals that have recently come in to us to highlight what is available to make your holiday in Morocco even better value.

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Pools In Morocco

Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00 AM

Having a pool at your accommodation when its hot in Morocco is important to most holiday makers and our accommodation finder can help you find the right one for your holiday.

Whilst riads in the medinas may have a plunge pool, those accommodations away from the medinas may have larger pools - be aware of the fundamental difference and recognise that you are responsible for your own safety (and for your children if you have any with you).

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How Popular Is Morocco For A Holiday

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is a great place to have a holiday and the Moroccan Government is managing the steady increase in visitor numbers - which reached 10 million in 2013, over a third of whom were from France - as a valuable source of revenue for the country and jobs for Moroccans.

Whilst visitor numbers are very significant, the Government is focussing the growth on larger beach resorts to try to manage the effect of tourism on the culture of its historic cities and towns.

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Special Offers on Holidays in Morocco

Monday, 19 May 2014 12:00 AM

We work closely with its suppliers to get the best service and experience for our customers, and this also brings us special deals from our suppliers.

Special deals are typically only offered out of peak periods and we have received a number of excellent special offers from some great accommodations across Morocco starting now - some of which we highlight in this article to show you what is available.

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Pros and Cons of a Riad Holiday in Marrakech and Other Cities

Friday, 16 May 2014 12:00 AM

Staying is a riad in Morocco lets you stay in the heart of a historical Moroccan town or city in an authentic Moroccan building, but it is not for every visitor to Morocco and it is important to set expectations about the possible negative aspects of staying in a riad.

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Choosing a Riad for a Holiday in Marrakech and Other Cities

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:00 AM

Once you have decided that you want to stay in a riad on your holiday in Morocco the difficulty becomes finding the right riad - the larger tourist destinations have a large choice of riads available.

The expert consultants at Naturally Morocco regularly visit the accommodations in our portfolio, and we have one of the largest numbers of personally selected and reviewed riads - so we are here to find the right one for you.

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Experience a Riad on Holiday in Marrakech and Other Cities

Monday, 12 May 2014 12:00 AM

Holiday makers to Morocco can choose to stay in riads (or other similar historic Moroccan buildings), small hidden gems offering their guests a taste of Morocco's history and an oasis of calm behind unassuming doors.

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Things to do in Morocco on Holiday – Try a Watersport

Friday, 9 May 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is full of things to do, both cultural, therapeutic and energetic. Whilst in Essaouira I had time on my hands to try a watersport. Essaouira has a huge sandy beach and a number of huts providing watersport kit hire and tuition.

Although I signed up one afternoon to try kite surfing the next day, the wind wasn't strong enough so I had a wonderful day trying to surf - a great way to lose some energy for the whole family.

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Holiday Accommodation in Morocco – Riad Hikaya, Marrakech

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 12:00 AM

Naturally Morocco carefully selects accommodation in Morocco for our portfolio, accommodation that we are confident will consistently provide excellent service to our guests on their holidays.

Riad Hikaya is the latest such accommodation, based in the kasbah region of the medina of Marrakch, it is a sumptuous riad with excellent staff and services that we have classified as "chic".

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Unusual Things to do in Morocco on Holiday - Have a Cookery Lesson

Monday, 5 May 2014 12:00 AM

Moroccan cuisine is excellent and uses techniques and ingredients that we rarely use in the UK and "the west". If you are interested in learning more, Naturally Morocco offers many chances to do so - in formal cookery schools or informal cookery lessons.

They are all hands-on and you'll eat the fruits of your labors afterwards and, for those guests interested in such things, will give you something memorable to take home with you.

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Unusual Things to do in Morocco on Holiday - Go To A Moroccan Public Hammam

Friday, 2 May 2014 12:00 AM

Having your skin scrubbed with a coarse cloth and thick black soap in a public hammam in Morocco is something to remember and somthing you might well get the taste for. Ask for an introduction from your accommodation and pay for a hammam attendant to scrub and look after you, and emerge hours later thoroughly clean.

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Unusual Things to do in Morocco on Holiday - Troglodytes near Fez

Monday, 28 April 2014 12:00 AM

A chat over a cup of tea with a troglodyte is something to remember, and I was lucky enough to experience this in Bahlil (a short drive south of Fez) on a day out with our guide. Our host was a lady who had lived in a 2 roomed cave since birth and loved talking of her life and family and the issues in both.

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Holiday Attractions in Morocco - Marrakech Souks (and Haggling)

Friday, 25 April 2014 12:00 AM

For most holiday makers in Morocco, a wander through a souk is a valuable and interesting part of the trip. The souks in Marrakech are huge and, although are in the main focussed on international tourists, are worth a leisurely exploration.

If you are tempted to buy something, be prepared for some serious haggling, which is all part of the experience.

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Holiday Attractions in Morocco - Marrakech tanneries and Communal Ovens

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:00 AM

Away from the main tourist attractions of Marrakech lie the tanneries of Marrakech, which have been turning raw hides into fine leather for hundreds of years, and the communal ovens used daily by local families.

The tanneries are the unsanitised Morocco, the working conditions are an eye-opener for young and old alike and the smell is almost impossible to describe. A guide is recommended who can help you find them and avoid local touts.

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Holiday Attractions in Morocco - Majorelle, Menara and Agdal Gardens

Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco has lovely gardens including the most famous around Marrakech - the Majorelle Garden to the north, and the Menara and Agdal Gardens to the south

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Morocco Holiday Testimonial - Jane's trip with an 18 month child

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:00 AM

We strive to make every holiday go smoothly and for all our guests to have an excellent holiday whilst in Morocco and take great pride in receiving positive feedback from our guests after their holiday.

Jane was kind enough to write a full testimonial of her trip in February with her family, including an 18 month old infant,which included 3 nights in Marrakech at Les Borjs de la Kasbah, followed by 3 nights in Chez Momo in Ouirgane in the High Atlas mountains.

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Holiday Attractions in Morocco - Ben Youssef Madrasa and Museum of Marrakech

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is a country overflowing with culture and life, a place to spend time exploring a medina and relaxing with a cup of mint tea watching the world go. But Morocco also a number of good historical attractions to visit.

We cover in this article the Ben Youssef Madrasa and the Museum of Marrakech, 2 interesting sites in just to the north of the main souk of Marrakech medina.

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Holiday Attractions in Morocco - Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is a country overflowing with culture and life, a place to spend time exploring a medina and relaxing with a cup of mint tea watching the world go. But Morocco also a number of good historical attractions to visit.

We cover in this article the Saadian Tombs and El Badi Palace, 2 interesting sites in the kasbah region of Marrakech.

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Getting to Morocco for your Holiday

Friday, 11 April 2014 12:00 AM

Budget airlines now dominate the passage from the UK to Morocco, with fast journey times, normally at low cost and with various routes available into the heart of Morocco.

However, the overland route (via Paris and Madrid) is still possible with good regular ferry options across the Strait of Gibraltar – it is a cross-continent adventure that requires time and planning and may cost a significant amount, but can offer a vastly different holiday experience.

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Moroccan Holiday Choices – Essaouira or Oualidia

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 12:00 AM

Essaouria with good road links to Marrakech (and its international airport), great selection of accommodation, interesting medina and protected beach offers a varied holiday;

or Oualidia with its beautiful lagoon a haven for wildlife, harder to get to and with less choice of accommodation, is more suited to the special and relaxing escape away from the tourist crowds.

What is best for you depends on what you want and we are here to explore the options further with you.

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Moroccan International Music Festivals 2014 - Continued

Monday, 7 April 2014 12:00 AM

In addition to the better known music festivals of Gnaoua (in Essaouira), Sacred Music (in Fez) and Mawazine Rythms (in Rabat) Morocco hosts a number of other signficant annual music festivals -

Jazzblanca (in Casablanca), Tinmar (in Agadir), Jazz du Chellah (in Rabat) and Tanjazz (in Tangier). Unfortunately details of these festivals are generally not announced until very close the date of the shows, but they can offer great entertainment during your holiday.

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Morocco Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 – Sawadi

Friday, 4 April 2014 12:00 AM

Sawadi has been recognised for its continuing environmental works in the Moroccan National Tourism Office's Responsible Tourism Awards for 2014.

Sawadi is an exceptional accommodation on an eco-farm in the Skoura oasis and has been committed to its environmental-works for a long time.

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Sustainable Holidays in Morocco – Carbon Offset on Flights

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 12:00 AM

There is general consensus that man-made carbon release is linked to climate change, and that that is an important issue for the world.

Naturally Morocco offers all guests the choice of purchasing carbon offset on their flights to Morocco, which we purchase through Climatecare.

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Holiday Activities in Morocco - Trekking in the High Atlas

Monday, 31 March 2014 12:00 AM

The High Atlas mountains offer a huge range of trekking (or gentle walking) options, from half day walks to multiple days up the highest peak in North Africa, all in stunning surroundings a short drive from Marrakech.

Naturally Morocco offers qualified, experienced and English speaking guides in various areas - we helped the travel writer Josh Steinitz with a trek from Imlil earlier this year, and his write-up is included in this article.

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How Safe is Morocco for a Holiday

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is relatively very safe, but be sensible on your holiday there as you would in most countries.

No country is 100% safe, but Morocco only warrants the normal precautions when on holiday - it is a country to be enjoyed and explored not to be fearful of, as our significant experience indicates that unwarranted events are rare in the extreme.

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A Focus for your Holiday in Morocco - Marrakech Atlas Etape

Monday, 24 March 2014 12:00 AM

The annual Marrakech Atlas Etape, a cyclosportif event based on the idea created in L'Etape du Tour, offers a challenge to any road cyclist - 60 km or 140 km climbing over 2,000m into the stunning High Atlas and starting and finishing in Marrakech.

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Internal Travel on your Moroccan Holiday - Trains

Friday, 21 March 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is roughly twice the size of the UK so the distances between interesting destinations can be significant, but Morocco has a relatively good rail network.

Linking Marrakech in the south to Rabat and then Meknes and Fez, or Tangier in the north, it is a clean, comfortable, regular and well priced service which can make travelling those distances an enjoyable part of your holiday.

The major difficulty is getting tickets, but Naturally Morocco is here to help with that.

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Moroccan Holiday Choices – Fez or Meknes

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00 AM

Fez, due to its unique medina and international airport, is an incredible city to visit for anyone with an interest in history and culture.

However its understated sister city, Meknes, lies just a short train journey away and has a wealth of historical sites in and around its medina.

The choice is not really which one to visit, as you are likely to explore both if you are staying in that region of Morocco, rather it is a decision on where to stay if you decide to make a base in just one of them.

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Travel Tips for your Holiday in Morocco – Giving Alms to the Needy

Monday, 17 March 2014 12:00 AM

We are here to help our guests with any questions before they holiday in Morocco.

Our FAQs on this website cover some general background information about Morocco and we give a little further information in our Travel Tips articles - this one on the giving of Alms to beggars in Morocco.

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The Week - Morocco's Characterful Capital

Saturday, 8 March 2014 12:00 AM

The Week picked up on Naturally Morocco's long weekend break in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, with its atmospheric medina, picturesque kasbah and Chellah.

This weekend break is possible due to direct flights from Stansted to Rabat.

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Travel Tips for your Holiday in Morocco – Tipping and Money

Friday, 7 March 2014 12:00 AM

If you haven't travelled much before, or are just a little nervous about your holiday in Morocco, we are here to help our guests with any questions before they travel.

In addition to lots of general background information about Morocco and FAQs on this website, we give a little further information in our Travel Tips articles - this one on Tipping and Money. Tipping is normal in Morocco and small denomination coins are very handy to have as you travel around.

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Sustainable Holidays in Morocco – What Is A Green Key?

Monday, 3 March 2014 12:00 AM

Whist you are deciding on the right accommodation for your holiday in Morocco, and during your subsequent travels, you may come across the Green Key logo.

The Green Key is awarded by the FEE, currently to around 2,300 establishments across 44 countries, to accommodations that meet their stringent eco-tourism criteria.

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Sustainable Holidays in Morocco – What Is Sustainable Tourism?

Friday, 28 February 2014 12:00 AM

The terms Sustainable Tourism, Responsible Tourism and Eco-Tourism are used more and more but their meanings are not well known. We try to shed some light on this in this article, and highlight the importance of Sustainable Tourism & Responsible Tourism practices.

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Sustainable Holidays in Morocco – Lonely Planet Award to La Maison Anglaise, top 10 eco stays worldwide 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00 AM

Lonely Planet have recently announced their top 10 list of eco stays worldwide for 2014, within that list is 1 property in Morocco - La Maison Anglaise, one of our accommodations in Taroudant, home of our Real Morocco programme of cultural activities.

Naturally Morocco sends our congratulations to Jane and her team for years of dedication and hard-work that has resulted in this well deserved award.

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The Times - A Weekend in …. Rabat, Morocco

Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:00 AM

“If this is Morocco, then I’m hooked,” says Mark … . And I realise: Rabat is Morocco, absolutely, just a different version to the one I know – quieter, calmer, but just as intoxicating and just as much fun. – by Annabelle Thorpe, writing in the Travel section of the Times on Saturday

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Food on a Morocco Holiday - Moroccan Foods Today

Friday, 21 February 2014 12:00 AM

Moroccan cuisine is synonymous with tagine, but to limit your thoughts to such would be a great disservice to what is a broad and fabulous gastronomic heritage and culture.

Here we give a sample of classic dishes including Harira, great salads, Merchoui, Couscous (like you have never tasted it before), Pastilla and Meshwi.

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Food on a Morocco Holiday - Ingredients & Meals

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 12:00 AM

Moroccan cuisine uses a range of locally grown ingredients - with a variety of vegetables, herbs and spices to make unique and healthy dishes.

Whilst holiday makers to Morocco may not have the chance to take part in traditional Morccan meals, they do have the advantage of having generally excellent continental breakfasts.

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Food on a Morocco Holiday - History of Cuisine in Morocco

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:00 AM

Every holiday maker is different - an exciting adventure for one is something to worry about for another, and issues around food can be significant. We at Naturally Morocco love Moroccan cooking and we are sure that you will too, and I hope that a little background to Moroccan cuisine will ease your mind if you are concerned.

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Morocco's “Arab Spring” – Latest Update, 2013

Friday, 14 February 2014 12:00 AM

This article discusses the events in 2013, a year of peaceful political change, during with the 20th February Movement (those leading the demonstrations in 2011) have been very quiet.

Whilst youth unemployment is high and there are other social ills in Morocco as in many or most other countries at this time, there is widespread support for the King and belief in the good intentions of his reforms.

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Morocco's "Arab Spring" - Reform of the Constitution, 2011

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:00 AM

This article discusses the second stage of the "Arab Spring" in Morocco - the creation of the new constitution and Government in Morocco in 2011 following the demonstrations early in that year.

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Morocco's “Arab Spring” – The start, 2011

Monday, 10 February 2014 12:00 AM

This article discusses the start of the "Arab Spring" in Morocco and the creation of the 20th February Movement - which coordinated demonstrations focused at high unemployment and perceived Government corruption.

Holiday makers in Morocco were largely unaffected by these events, other than those near the infrequent demonstrations in major conurbations, which were largely peaceful.

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Morocco Holiday Tips – Restaurants and Bars – Kozybar and Le Tanjia

Friday, 7 February 2014 12:00 AM

Many of our guests want some alcohol during a Morocco holiday, and often it is hard to find a bar or restaurant serving alcohol due to the Islamic beliefs of Moroccans.

We can advise you where and when alcohol can be consumed during the booking process, but we highlight here the Kozybar and Le Tanjia restaurant in Marrakech as good examples of what can be found in Moroccan cities.

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Focus on – Domaine Malika & Holidays in Ouirgane (High Atlas)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014 12:00 AM

Domaine Malika is our newest addition to our portfolio, a luxury guest house which we have carefully selected following consistently good reviews.

It is set in the High Atlas mountains, around an hour's drive from Marrakech, in the beautiful tree lined valley of Ouirgane, noted for its peace and beauty and for the range of treks available in the areas.

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Testimonial - Taroudant and Mirleft in Winter

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:00 AM

Tony and Fiona travelled south last winter and spent time in Taroudant and Mirleft. This is their full write up for those of you interested in that region in the winter months.

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Islam in Morocco - Consideration on Holiday in Morocco

Friday, 24 January 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco is a very welcoming and tolerant country but the vast majority of Morccans do hold Islamic beliefs and visitors should be sympathetic and respectful of that.

The presence of Islam in everyday life will be felt by most visitors on holiday in Morocco, most obviously during Ramadan, the public and regular calls to prayer, attitude to women and their clothing and the access to alcoholic refreshments - with a little thought and consideration you'll have a great holiday.

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Islam in Morocco - Islam Today and Other Religions

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:00 AM

Morocco has a population greater than 33 million today, of which around 99.9% are Muslims - around 67% are Sunni and 30% are non-denominational. Islam is protected in the Constitution and the Moroccan Government strives to maintain a non-fundamental view of Islam as the basis of Moroccan religion.

Morocco has always been tollerant of other religions, but the historical large Jewish communities are now minimal as are the Christian and Shia communities.

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Islam in Morocco - History of Religion

Monday, 20 January 2014 12:00 AM

Islam was introducted to Morocco in the 7th century and has been the dominant religion and the religion of Moroccan dynasties from the 8th centuries until the present day.

Today Mohammed VI is the Commander of the Faithful, with all religious leaders subordinate to him, and the Moroccan Constitution grant rights and protections to Islam.

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Roman Ruins in Morocco - A Holiday Full of History and Culture

Friday, 17 January 2014 12:00 AM

Volubilis near Meknes and the Chellah in Rabat are impressive Roman ruins and are discussed in some detail in our articles this week, but they are all the more interesting as they can tie into a great two centre holiday in Morocco.

With budget airline routes from the UK to Fez, Rabat (from end of February) or to Casablanca (around 90 minutes away from Rabat), and a good rail network linking Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes and Fez, an interesting and relaxing holiday can be arranged.

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Real Morocco Testimonials In Full

Wednesday, 1 January 2014 12:00 AM

The Real Morocco programme is unique to Naturally Morocco and we are proud of what it offers and the quality of the staff delivering it.

We rarely get a chance to give space to give full accounts from our guests, but this selection of feedback from guests gives a sense of the expertise of the staff and the experiences they deliver.

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Moroccan International Music Festivals 2014

Saturday, 28 December 2013 12:00 AM

Morocco offers a wonderful selection of international festivals, some focussed on world music others on a broader range of cultural heritage.

The dates for the 2014 versions of the Gnaoua (in Essaouira), Sacred Music (in Fez), Mawazine Rythms (in Rabat) and Nomads (in M'Hamid) Fesivals have been announced, although line-ups may not be known until much closer to the dates.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 12:00 AM

If you’ve used us before or have only just found us for the first time – welcome to our new website and we hope that you find it easy to use and useful in your search for an excellent holiday in Morocco.

This site has a wealth of information and options, but it's through talking with our expert staff that we will be able to create a truly excellent holiday.

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New Flight Routes - From Bristol & To Rabat

Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:00 AM

New flight routes have recently been announced by low cost carriers giving greater options for holidays in Morocco. These routes are from Bristol to Marrakech (starting in mid December 2013) and Stansted to Rabat (starting in early February 2014).

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Observer Travel Tips - Taroudant & The Souss Valley

Sunday, 8 December 2013 12:00 AM

Joanne O'Connor's article in her Great escape Series for the Observer. She says to use Taroudant – the "little Marrakech" an hour's drive from Agadir as a base for exploring the fertile Souss Valley

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British Airways Highlife Magazine - Taroudant, Souss Valley

Friday, 1 November 2013 12:00 AM

In their Curious Winter Breaks collection, the Highlife Magazine focussed on Taroudant, tucked into the foothills of the Anti-Atlas mountains, as a town offering a low-key alternative to Marrakech. From there you can see the saffron harvest (late Oct to mid Nov) or organise local experiences such as cookery lessons.

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Marrakech - the Magical Marathon January 2014

Monday, 14 October 2013 12:00 AM

Looking for a Marathon with a difference, the 25th Marrakech Marathon and half Marathons are flat and fast races in and around the city of Marrakech, and the orange groves, palms and farmland of the Marrakech Palmeraie, all set against a backdrop of the snow-covered Atlas Mountains.

Naturally Morocco's packages are based around riad accommodations where the owners have previously supported the requirements of marathon athletes, and include all transfers, race entry and local assistance. more

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Gnaoua Music Festival, Essaouira June 12-15 2014

Sunday, 1 September 2013 12:00 AM

The annual music festival in Essaouira, now in its 17th year, has become a fixture on the world music festival calendar. Focusing on the traditional Gnaoua (Gnawa) music, it also includes jazz, pop, rock, and contemporary world music by musicians from all over the world.- more..

 

SAVE THE DATE - June 12-15 2014

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Surf's Up

Sunday, 9 June 2013 12:00 AM

water sports

Morocco has 1,835 km of Atlantic coast, from Tangier down to the Western Sahara, a year round temperate climate, and great water conditions giving options for watersport beginners to experts alike.

There are opportunities to get on the water along most of the coast, but places to hire kit or have tuition are limited. Essaouira is the focal point for such facilities, which has excellent conditions for most sports at various times of year.

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Newsletter November 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012 09:00 AM

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Naturally Morocco’s Newsletter, which brings you an update on our tailor-made holidays.

Naturally Morocco continues to seek out the best offers from its extensive portfolio, and good value accommodation and trips are still available for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

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The Week/ Condé Naste - Secrets of the South

Saturday, 27 August 2011 12:00 AM

Laura Fowler's article from Condé Naste Traveller was picked up by The Week magazine. It focussed on a trip far off the tourist trail into the south of Morocco -across wild mountains and through sleepy, ancient towns to the fringes of the Sahara - a trip based on our sample itinerary 7.

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The Times - Travel Trends for 2011

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:00 AM

Tony Dawe reports on travel trends for 2011 - Giles Giffin, Naturally Morocco’s commercial director recommends destinations away from the tourist crowds in the north: Fez, for its exciting history and architecture, Meknes, with a genuine medina, and Chefchaouen, with blue-rinsed houses, flower-filled squares, and the backdrop of the Rif Mountains.

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