Explore the old walled city of Marrakech. Kids delight in just being here, exploring the medina’s magical bazaars filled with exotic spices and treasures and getting lost in the many winding derbs (alleyways). Head to Jemma el Fna, the medina’s main square, at dusk to soak up the atmosphere and witness snake-charmers, storytellers and acrobats at work, and don't miss the gorgeously hued Majorelle Garden.
Marrakech is the starting point for many escorted family adventure trips (see tab above), some of which take you to out-of-the way places few tourists get to see, such as the remote villages of the Berbers, hidden away in the folds of the Atlas mountains. En route from Marrakech, most adventure itineraries visit the ruined Kasbah of Telouet before moving on to the Atlantic coast to explore the old pirate hideout of Essaouira (see below).
In southern Morocco the adventure continues as you cross the mighty Atlas mountains and head for the impressive Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. Let the kids explore the maze of red towers and fortifications that have been used as the backdrop for films including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia. From your base in the southern Atlas you can also take walks through local villages and gain an insight into the lives of the Berber people. On any adventure trip, camel rides will be a big hit with little ones, and if you’re travelling with older children and teenagers then a night spent bivouacking in the desert is must.
If winter sun is more your thing, Morocco is also an ideal destination for a little R&R. Take a dip in the Atlantic – Morocco’s most visited beaches and resorts are on the Atlantic coast not far from the cities. The North East trade wind from March to mid-September makes this the best place for watersports including surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Agadir offers good beaches and a great range of family-friendly accommodation, but modern hotels and European cafés mean it’s not the place for those looking for a more authentic Moroccan experience. For more atmosphere, head north along the Atlantic coast to the old port of Essaouira, to explore the imposing ramparts. Once a pirates’ lair, the town is now a popular stop for adventure itineraries (see above). The busy fishing port and laidback souk are ideal places to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy the wide expanse of sandy beach.
On Morocco’s Mediterranean coast a number of new hotels and apartment complexes are opening up the Tétouan area to families. Intimate beaches and traditional fishing villages are just some of sights to explore.