For families who have a taste for an exotic but educational vacation Marrakech, Morocco offers fantastic options for adults and kids alike. I have traveled internationally with my children from the time they were 1 year old. Morocco is near and dear to my heart because it’s not only vacation but it’s also a visit to grandma’s house! But even for families with no connection to the country Marrakech offers plenty of unique and wonderful experiences.
Some things to remember when planning a vacation to Morocco;
- Marrakech is very hot in the summer, so it might not be the best time of year to visit especially with young children.
- Morocco is a Muslim country however very open and liberal so tourists of other faiths need not worry. Marrakech has a Catholic church the St. Martyrs church. Protestant services are conducted in the library of the church. There is also at least one synagogue in operation.
- If you only speak English you will be able to get by however if you can learn a little French or Arabic it will be helpful.
- Most of the country operates on a cash economy. You can use debit cards to get money out of an ATM and you also can use credit cards to pay for things such as hotel rooms. Everyday purchases will most likely happen with cash.
- There are many, many modern hotels in operation, if you prefer a different experience opt for a riad or bed and breakfast experience.
- Unlike the US and Europe, Moroccans operate on a different time table. Things don’t normally start happening until later in the afternoon and into the evening. It’s really not uncommon to see very young children up and out until 11 or 12pm. If you have very young children who operate on a strict schedule, take this into consideration.
Now that you are on your way, what will you do once you land and more importantly how will you keep those kids busy?
- Visit the Badi Palace. Built in the 1300′s the remains of this palace are a great adventure for young boys especially. The sheer size of these ruins are a site to behold.
- Tour the souqs (markets) of Marrakech. Each section of the market features a different trade with artisans at work. Kids can see master artisans of crafts such as woodworking, metals work, pottery artisans, fabric dyers and many many more at work creating items. Often they will let observers get involved and learn too!
- Weather getting to you? Go to the waterpark! Osairia is a fun time for the kids to unwind and mom and dad relax a bit. It’s really very affordable with the most expensive rate for adults (price goes by height) during the summer months is about $20.
- Chez Ali Marrakech Fantasia – This is a dinner show that is really world renowned. The event include a 5 course meal served to you in a bedouin tent. The live show includes horses, music, and other fantastic sights! You can purchase online ahead of time to get a 25% discount. This is a pricier activity but the cost includes pick up and drop off to wherever in Marrakech you’re staying. A great option for older kids, it might be too long and late for younger children to enjoy.
- Djem al Fna – the square of Marrakech. At night this place comes alive with snake charmers, musicians, acrobats, story tellers, tens of food stalls, games, you name it really you’ll find it. The area is very crowded but incredibly safe. This visit is a MUST to get a real feel for Marrakech.
You can spend a week in Marrakech and not see everything. My best advice is to be realistic and laid back. You won’t see everything unless you truly have a lot of time to spend in the city. Pick a few items that are important based on your families needs and wants. If you’re planning a vacation and would like more personalized advice, stop over to MarocMama, leave me a comment or send me an email and I’d be happy to help!