- Morocco Family holidays
Located at the north-west corner of the African continent, family holidays to Morocco put you at the crossroads of Africa and Europe, with influences from both continents' cultures. This is apparent especially in the cuisine, which has plenty of Mediterranean flavours that you might not expect to find further south in Africa. Morocco also faces west across the wide Atlantic Ocean, and its ports on this stretch of coastline are much larger than you would find in the Mediterranean - another example of the contrasts this intriguing country can offer during your stay.
One common theme among the Mediterranean and Atlantic aspects of Morocco is the dominant presence of seafood in the local diet, and no family holiday in Morocco is complete until you've sampled some freshly prepared sardines. You can usually find these being sold from a stall nearby to any of the ports' fish markets, and there's nothing to compare to the feeling of popping a sardine into your mouth when it has just been freshly grilled with oil and lemon juice, having only just been unloaded from the boat that caught it - and all while surrounded by the other stallholders trading in the catch of the day.
Family holidays in Morocco are not just about the coastline, although the port cities are among the most popular destinations for all kinds of tourism. Inland though, you can find the Atlas Mountains, and these cross the border into Tunisia and Algeria as well. South-western Morocco is the location of the range's highest peak though, and at over 4,000 metres tall, Jebel Toubkal helps the Atlas Mountains to live up to the suspected origin of their name, the legendary Atlas whose burden was to hold the weight of the heavens themselves on his shoulders.
Morocco on the Med
As well as the Atlantic shore, the Mediterranean section of Morocco's coast has its own unique appeal, and the town of Tangier stands as sentinel at the opening of the Mediterranean. Head here on cheap family holidays in Morocco and you can look across the Med's gateway to Gibraltar. Tangier's name also has an Atlas connection, as it is reputedly a reference to the mythological figure's daughter, Tingis - although it may also come from the word 'tigisis' which translates as 'harbour'.
Why Morocco is so great for families
Moroccans love children and always make a big effort to make them feel just as welcome as adults. Family holidays to Morocco are a unique experience, whether you're exploring the rugged Atlantic coastline, sampling the local cuisine or venturing into the spectacular mountains. Morocco also has a variety of excellent attractions, suitable for children of all ages. All of this, coupled with Moroccans' laid-back culture, means that tired families can quickly unwind and make the most of everything this fascinating country has to offer.