We are thrilled to announce our latest F&P destination, Morocco!
Philippa and Gemma have just returned from a deep dive into this beguiling North African country, having forged great local contacts and scoped out the very best places to stay for a F&P-style Moroccan epic. Their little black book of restaurants, experiences, lesser-known locations and stirring cultural sites is ready to be tapped into for tailor-made trips to this vibrant and varied land.
Why we love Morocco
Who will love it? This is a destinations that truly delivers for all travel affinities and ages – though we’d say couples, small groups and families with slightly older children will be best placed to seize the raft of activities and experiences the country has to offer.
When is best to go? Morocco is perfectly placed for February and October jaunts – it couldn’t be a better holiday spot for the vitamin d-deficient autumnal and winter months.
Why is it worth a visit? The reddish glow of Marrakech as the sun dips and the rooftops fall under the spell of the call to prayer; the intoxicating chaos of the souks, passing snake-charmers, spices and leather slippers; the Agafay desert’s humbling morning whistle and nomadic rituals. Morocco has a stirring exoticism to it, (one you can hardly believe is a short haul flight away), and a rich cultural melting pot to revere and be enthralled by.
For Culture Vultures
Most of those who travel to Morocco are angling for a culture fix. For a country layered in history, Morocco offers up a rich cultural tapestry to explore. The cities offer a myriad of museums and ancient sites to visit, and Philippa and Gemma would place the souks high on any city list – for their artisanal stalls and secret café rooftops. They strongly recommend exploring these with an expert guide, who will accompany you through the labyrinthine Medina to lesser-known makers.
For the Foodies
Gastronomes are in for a treat in Morocco, where the country’s rich culture is expressed so passionately through cooking and recipes passed down through generations. From hearty Berber stews in the desert to slow-cooked lamb tagines of Marrakech, the country is best explored with a good appetite. We know the best food tours to book around Marrakech’s Medina, and we’ll introduce you to Moroccan wine, immersive cooking classes and can even set up traditional Moroccan breakfasts in local village homes, with the chance to chat to the owners and peer into the country’s culinary soul.
For the Adventurous
Having lived like a Sultan in Morocco’s ancient cities’ opulent riads, visitors can head into the wild. Inara Camp would be high on our list for the intrepid (with luxurious standards) where we’d recommend a two-night stay for camel riding, electric biking and quad bike escapades through the dunes. Morocco’s rich, layered culture makes for some life-shifting, authentic experiences, and our itineraries can be easily turbocharged for the seriously adventurous, with hikes through the ochre-then-suddenly-pink Todra Gorge, kitesurfing in Essaouira, sand boarding in the Agafay Desert…
For the Romantics
Morocco does romance extremely well. From the turreted cities’ bohemian souls to the reddish, soaring peaks of the Atlas Mountains, the country has captured the imaginations and hearts of famous artists, writers and designers over the centuries. If one hotel could personify the more resplendent end of Marrakech’s romantic appeal, it’s The Royal Mansour – the city’s pink-walled Imperial Palace with views over the city’s rooftops, and beyond it, a majestic haze of the Atlas Mountains. Couples can expect riads in place of rooms and an easy trip into the souk and heart of the Medina.
Morocco is a great destination for families (including multigens) to travel to and create special memories together. Those wanting to take things at a slower pace can stay in the sedate embrace of the riads while the rest of the clan dive into the souks, trek through the Atlas Mountains or hop on the back of an Arab horse to skirt the desert fringes. The latter is best experienced at Selman Marrakech – a mere 15 minutes from the Medina.