Close to half a million British tourists spend their annual holiday in Morocco. The majority of these trips are trouble-free and so much fun that holidaymakers feel compelled to tell the world about them on TripAdvisor and similar site. In fact, Marrakech was voted the number one holiday destination for Brits on TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards so no wonder it's a firm favourite for anyone looking for a bit of sun and sea during the dark, cold winter months.
Is it safe?
In September 2018, the Foreign Office published travelling advice about North Africa that could change your mind about visiting Morocco. The area is currently classified as a "high" risk zone so additional vigilance is needed if you travel to Morocco. The news of a shooting in neighbouring Tunisia has also shaken tourists' confidence in the area but are you right to be concerned or is Marrakech a safe enough place to visit? The belief that Moroccans sympathise with terrorist organisations in Syria, Libya and Iraq is said to be the reason for the increased threat rating. Is that a good enough reason to keep you away? To put that into context, the current threat level in the UK is listed as "severe" which means an attack is likely but that doesn't stop us from going out, does it? As with Morocco, places like France, Spain and Turkey are also categorised as "high" risk.
If you'd like an adventure holiday, Marrakech is a great destination. Whether you're thinking about quad-biking across dunes or a sedate camel walk through the sand, this place has it all. What about a desert safari? You could spend several days on safari and several nights in a Bedouin camp in the Erg Chebbi dunes. Why not escape to the Atlas Mountains and the village of Imlil to escape the bustle of Marrakech? A trip to the Ouzoud Waterfalls should be on your itinerary. There you could dive into the inviting waters of the Al Abid River.
If waterfalls and camel rides sound too energetic, why not an open-top bus tour? Go for one that allows you to hop on and off the bus when you want and you'll be shown around the city in style but at your own place. That way you can stop for lunch whenever you want or spend time at a place that catches your eye while the bus drives away. This sort of tour is very inexpensive and also educational. It's an ideal activity for newcomers to the city as you'll learn about the city's history and you'll get a guided map showing all the stops along the route so you'll know where to pick up the bus when you want to head out again.
History and heritage
If you've taken the bus tour, you'll know a little about the city which will open your eyes to its delights. Another way of seeing what the city has to offer is to check it out its monuments and palaces on a guided tour. You'll learn a lot about the city's history and you'll gain an understanding of why it's called Morocco's "Red City". This sort of tour is relaxing and picturesque. Perhaps it's something to include later in the holiday when you're running out of steam and need a less strenuous activity.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
Consider the type of holiday you want to enjoy and then pre-book your excursions
- If you opt for a tour operator, make sure it’s with a UK travel company who are ATOL protected.
- Before booking a holiday to Marrakech, check the country’s status with the Foreign Office
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Well worth spending day out and money.” (Dobs1 reviewing Ouzoud Waterfalls on TripAdvisor)
“It's a diverse experience, a bit slower and relaxed with the camels/dromedaris, and more fast paced with the quads. Good times.” (SanAmbition reviewing Camel and Quadbike tour on TripAdvisor)
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