Looking to get rid of the winter blues? How about visiting one of the holiday resorts in Morocco? All are full of sun, sea, sand and exotic charm yet each has its own unique flavour. Here Purple Travel give you a brief guide to each destination to inspire your next holiday.
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Known as the “Blue Pearl”, Saidia is Morocco’s newest beach resort with all the excitement of larger resorts but with a modern twist. You’ll find large and luxurious resorts overlooking a sparkling blue ocean that contrast with traditional Moroccon destinations like Fez. Temperatures here can reach the high 30s in summer bringing with it sun worshippers. So why holiday here? There’s the marina filled with restaurants serving traditional Moroccan cuisine, thermal centres, sailing, diving and water skiing opportunities, all great ways to keep you entertained during your getaway.
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For first-time visitors Tangier is a fascinating place. Holidaymakers will love the exotic mystery, history, stunning views and unspoiled beaches. The best way to see Tangier is on foot and there’s nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll along the beach. Another great pastime is to people watch at one of the ocean front cafés. For those with little ones, head to Mnar Park, a water park with some water slides, karting circuit, café and restaurant along with tremendous views of the coast. For those who want to do some shopping head to the ‘casa barata’ to pick up quite literally anything you have ever wanted or needed. In the medina though is the better place to look for quality souvenirs and to try out your haggling skills.
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Casablanca (sometimes casually called ‘Casa’) is Morocco’s largest city but often loses out to Marrakech. Yet this city has a charm all of its own. There’s a good choice of attractive beaches, a charming old medina and an awe-inspiring Mosque. Casablanca was once immortalised in the Hollywood film of the same name, putting this city on the world map. The King Hassan II Mosque is the largest Mosque in Morocco and third-largest in the world and is well worth a visit to see the beautiful interior and the roof that opens to the sky. Casablanca, while it’s not as impressive as the Marrakech or Fez medinas, does have a small medina all of it’s own that captures the hypnotic hustle and bustle of Morocco. Of course it’s probably the beaches that people come to Morocco for and Casablanca is well-positioned to offer visitors the chance to bask in the sun and take a dip in the Atlantic.
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You may recognise Essaouira, even if you haven’t heard of it before. It’s been the setting for scenes in “Game of Thrones” and is where Orson Wells shot his version of Othello, “The Moor of Venice”. Essaouira is a laidback resort with a fab beach and family attractions that still has the air of authenticity that many holidaymakers desire. Of course you’ll still get all the beach and water sports action that any visitor wants. Plus if festivals are you thing, Essaouira holds a World Music Festival in June each year.
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Agadir is one of the most longstanding holiday resorts in Morocco. Agadir offers the best of everything. You’re surrounded by the Anti Atlas, Sahara Desert, national parks and secluded beaches. As well as these natural attractions you’ll find golf courses and health and beauty spas. On holiday in Agadir you can unwind on the beach by day and come evening, do as the locals do and stroll along the promenade before settling in one of the cafés or bars. If you want to do some shopping while on holiday in Agadir head to the Souk El Had. There’s 3000 stalls here selling everything from souvenirs, leather goods, household items to fruit and veg and spices.