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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:00 AM

Family Holidays To Morocco - Weather and Food

An adventure for grown-ups can be a dauting expedition with kids. Morocco is a step away from the norm for many people so let’s cover a few of the basic fears in this article so you can rest assured that Morocco is an excellent place for a family holiday.

In the last article we looked at things to do in Morocco for families to keep you kids interested, in the this article we look at the more basic facts on Morocco - climate, food and accommodation.

Climate in Morocco

Morocco is considered either hot or temperate so if travelling with kids its best to be aware of the facts and plan accordingly. Our temperature charts give an indication of average daytime temperatures and, to state the obvious, it’s generally very hot in the summer especially inland and in the desert.

Away from the peak summer months and on the coast temperatures are often much more comfortable (albeit hot by UK standards) but the sun can be strong at any time of the year, so normal precautions are necessary especially if you spend time on the beach or in the mountains.

In the medinas there will be occasional shade but the general advice would be to do your wandering with your kids away from the midday period and, in fact, the evening period as the sun goes down can be an excellent time to amble about as the Moroccans come out with their families to do likewise.

Rainfall is generally not an issue although it does rain at times especially in winter and rainfall can be very heavy (often causing localised flooding). More importantly is the possible evening chill in the winter months, especially in the mountains and desert, when a layer of warmer clothing may be necessary.

Food and Water

Moroccan food is a significant step away from food in Europe and kids can be fussy.

Luckily most riads start the day by providing an European style breakfast with a Moroccan twist. Commonly served are Moroccan pancakes and bread (normally with butter, jam or honey) and often croissants are served in major cities. Freshly squeezed orange juice is also normally served and some milk will be available but will be UHT, and little pots of yogurt and even vache qui rit soft cheese triangles are commonly served.

Away from breakfast tagine or couscous based meals are the norm, either chicken or lamb being the most common tagines. These are served with lots of vegetables and normally a medium level of spices. There may not be an alternative to this unless you go to larger restaurants.

Bottled water is available everywhere and, whilst the tap water is supposed to be potable, it is simple to take the extra precaution of using bottled water at all times.

Me and My Family

Personally I have 2 small children (now 6 and 3) and I know that the elder would now thoroughly enjoy the experience end take a lot home with her, but I would wait a while for the younger to go as he’s at a very whiney stage and I want to enjoy the holiday – but that’s just my family and our own characteristics.