MoroccoEssential info

  • YOUR FLIGHTS

    International flights

    Departure airport: Gatwick                                                      

    Airline: British Airways

    Length of flight to Marrakech: 3 hrs 35 mins

    Flight departs UK: 14:15

    Flight returns UK: 21:45

    Due to the late arrival of your inbound flight to the UK we can offer Bed & Breakfast at an airport hotel from £95. Please enquire when booking.

     

    Regional flights

    To: Gatwick

    From: Aberdeen, Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Newquay and Shannon.

    Price supplement from £145 return.

    *All details are correct at the time of going to print and flight times may be subject to change.

    Please note on regional (and connecting) departures an additional overnight stay at a supplement may be required due to limited schedules. Please enquire when booking.

    Passport details

    British citizens do not require entry visas to Morocco for the purpose of tourism, for visits of up to three months. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. A simple landing card is presented on board the aircraft to be completed in preparation for landing. If you are a British Subject, British Overseas Resident or you hold a passport from another country please seek advice from your nearest Moroccan Embassy.

    The Consulate General Of The Kingdom Of Morocco
    Diamond House
    97/99 Praed Street, Paddington
    London
    W2 1NT

     

    Foreign & Commonwealth Advice

    For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, click here.

     

    Average Temperatures

    Temperatures in Morocco are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to September. In winter (October to February), it does become cooler (by Moroccan standards) in the evenings - so take a jacket, long-sleeved tops and trousers. In the High Atlas and the desert, it can become cold after sunset, especially at night and some peaks can remain snow capped from November to July.

     Month

    Fez

    (Daily highs)

    Erfoud

    (Daily highs)

    Marrakech

    (Daily highs)

    Feb
    61F / 16C
    73F / 23C
    70F / 21C
    March
    66F / 19C
    75F / 24C
    73F / 23C
    April
    73F / 23C
    81F / 27C
    77F / 25C
    October
    75F / 24C
    79F / 26C
    82F / 27C
    November
    68F / 20C
    73F / 23C
    73F / 23C

    Itinerary & Walking

    The itinerary of this holiday covers the imperial cities with their fascinating souks and some of Morocco’s most beautiful countryside from lush Oases valleys, stunning mountain scenery, rolling hills and plains, the dunes of the Sahara desert and palm groves. On a couple of afternoons, we have allowed time to simply relax and enjoy some winter sunshine at our hotel pools.

    Whilst this is not a trekking or adventure holiday there will be some walking required where you may be on your feet for up to 90 minutes in the souks and the paving may not always be smooth and seating not always available.  In Volubilis, Ait Ben Haddou, and in some Kasbahs underfoot at times can be uneven with slopes or stairs and there can be a reasonable walk from the coach to reach the entrance to some areas.

    Food

    Breakfast in our hotels will be a varied plentiful hot and cold buffet comprising of yoghurts, fruits, breads, meats, cheeses and eggs as well as Moroccan specialities such as Harcha (corn muffins) Beghrir which are made of semolina flower (looks like a crumpet but served with hot butter and honey!) or Amlou which is a delicious paste of almonds and argan oil.

    Lunches and meals out of the hotel will offer a choice of main dishes often a Tagine (Moroccan casserole) served with salad and fruits and evening meals in the hotel will often be extensive international buffets. Refreshing fresh mint tea is always readily available.

    Moroccan cooking is characterized by rich spices, with mixtures that combine anywhere from ten to a hundred spices. Moroccan food is spiced more in the aromatic and sweet sense as opposed to heat. Couscous is traditional chow and often cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts, and raisins. It’s a meal in itself, though it is often topped with rich stews and roasted meats. Lamb is a principal meat and is cooked until tender enough to be pulled apart. Tagines are a fruity meat and vegetable stew cooked for some time. Savory foods are enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh and preserved lemons are used in many poultry dishes. Pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios are often used as well. Moroccan desserts are uncompromisingly rich. A common dessert is kaab el ghzal (‘gazelle’s horns’), which is a pastry stuffed with almond paste and topped with sugar.

    Language

    Approximately 75% of the population speaks Arabic which is the Moroccan official language. French is probably the second language especially among the urban educated classes and very widely used. However, Spanish is spoken as a second language by many residents in northern cities like Tangier, Tetuan and Larache. Various Berber dialects are still spoken in rural areas but this is declining.

    What to buy (do save some space!)

    Morocco is a shopper’s paradise. The souks of Meknes, Fes and Marrakech are full of pottery, carpets & kilims, leather goods, spices and cloth. Whilst on your travel through Morocco you will also find rosewater and argan oil products of great interest to purchase. Keep some space in your luggage for your purchases!

    Religion & Politics

    Article 3 of the Moroccan constitution "guarantees to all the free exercise of beliefs". However, Morocco is still an Islamic country but more liberal than its Arabic neighbours and many women choose not to cover their heads.

    There are around 20,000 Catholics in Morocco; most of them are European expatriates. The Anglican Church of Morocco, is part of the Diocese of Europe, which is itself part of the Province of Canterbury in the Church of England. There are two permanent chaplaincies, one in Casablanca and one in Tangier.

    The Anglican Church of Saint Andrew, Tangier has become a tourist attraction, partly due to certain well-known figures buried in its churchyard. The church is an early twentieth-century replacement for an earlier smaller building, which was built with the express permission of the King of Morocco, on land donated by him. The Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist, Casablanca, is located close to your hotel.