Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou – Image courtesy of moroccosafaritours.com

Morocco Honeymoon Guide

Few destinations offer Morocco’s intoxicating fusion of ancient sights, sounds and aromas.

Only here can you truly experience the exotic mix of Africa, Arabia and the Islamic world, all at the same time – just perfect for an adventurous honeymoon holiday or romantic getaway!


What to do and see in Morocco

Experience an exotic spectacle that has changed little over the centuries at Marrakech's famed square – the Place of the Dead – the Jemaa el Fna

Explore the world's largest still-functioning medieval city at Fez el Bali and examine the stunningly decorative carving that covers the lavish Bou Inania Medersa in the Imperial city of Meknes.

Haggle for handmade crafts in ancient souks, wander winding lanes through mud-walled kasbahs and medieval medinas, ride camels through a sea of sand dunes, hike or bike mountain trails and in the shade of palm-fringed oases or hilltop villages, meet proud nomadic people who maintain ancient tribal customs.

Morocco offers a choice of compelling destinations and attractions for adventurous couples, including the following …


Agadir, Morocco

Agadir

Agadir is Morocco’s premier holiday beach resort and offers the perfect romantic getaway for honeymoon couples travelling in Morocco.

With its warm sunny climate and long golden-sand beach lined with luxury hotels, Agadir is the perfect base to explore southern Morocco or to enjoy a respite from the intoxicating fusion of ancient sights, sounds and aromas that make Marrakech, Fez and Tangiers so beguiling.

Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on the 6km-long sweep of fine golden sand that curves around the magnificent Agadir Bay, enjoying creature comforts at a choice of upscale beachfront hotels.

Enjoy panoramic views overlooking the bay from the hilltop remains of the ancient Kasbah, which sits above the memorial park of Talborjt, dedicated to the victims of the 1960 earthquake.

Browse for Moroccan handicrafts, rugs, Berber-style jewellery, djellabas (woollen tunics) and babouches (leather slippers) in the town’s colourful souk. After dark, unwind in a classy piano bar or dance into the early hours at one of the open-air beachfront nightspots on boulevard 20 Août.

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Fez medina

Fez

The medieval city of Fez offers an almost endless range of attractions for active couples celebrating a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.

In the spiritual heart of Morocco – explore the first Islamic and Arab city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover the world's largest still-functioning medieval city – Fez el Bali.

Here, wander a winding maze of alleyways through covered bazaars surrounded by the ancient wall broken only by monumental gateways and bargain for carpets, rugs and ornate metalwork in one of the world’s largest medinas (markets).

At the Bou Inania Medersa, explore one of the few religious sites in Morocco that is accessible to non-Islamic visitors – a 14th century residential university whose green-tile roof and tall minaret are easily seen from Bab Bou Jeloud gateway.

Here, stucco walls carved in floral and geometrical motifs and ceramic tiles covered in cursive Arabic script rise from marble floors to cedar eaves, Koranic verses decorate every available surface of the courtyard and wood mashrabiyya screens separate the marble-paved courtyard from arcaded corridors.

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Jemaa El Fna, Marrakech

Marrakech

Get happily exhausted by the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Marrakech.

The boisterous ‘pink’ city, founded in 1062 at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Arabia, is the perfect honeymoon destination for adventurous newlyweds.

Discover architectural jewels that date back to the 11th century, explore former palaces, mausoleums and harems of a distant culture and experience a slice of Moroccan life unchanged for centuries in the exotic spectacle that unfolds every day in Marrakech's main square – the Jemaa el Fna.

Come at dusk and be amazed, excited and surprised by this open-air theatre crowded with snake charmers, fortune-tellers, musicians, acrobats, storytellers and dancers – who perform not merely for tourists but to earn a living.

Weave through crowds to see deadly cobras sway to the eerie tones of snake charmers and witness acrobats turning wild tumbles and veiled women offering henna tattoos. Snack on sweet dates and sugar-coated peanuts or roasted sheep’s head and couscous, washed down with fresh grapefruit juice.

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Sultan Moulay Ismail Mausoleum, Meknes

Meknes

Although often overlooked by visitors to Morocco, hassle-free Meknes offers couples a medina of narrow winding lanes and grand buildings to explore, and it is close to the Roman ruins at Volubilis and the pilgrimage centre of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun.

Wander down a series of pale-yellow courtyards to the tomb of Sultan Moulay Ismail – one the few sacred sites in Morocco open to non-Muslims. After removing your shoes, enter the tranquil sanctuary supported by marble columns, graceful arches and decorated with carved stucco and exquisite zellij tiles containing colourful geometric patterns.

Stroll beneath countless arches and alongside 3m-thick walls in the former Royal Granaries and Stables, one of Moulay Ismail's greatest engineering achievements – Heri as Souani.

Once used to store grain to feed 12,000 horses of the royal stables, the uniquely designed granaries were kept cool by a cedar forest planted on the roof and by underfloor water channels fed by an underground reservoir.

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Best time to visit Morocco

Generally the best time to visit Morocco is spring and autumn (March, April and October). However, summer is the best time to explore the High Atlas and winter is best time to explore the desert.

Note: Non-Muslim travellers should avoid Morocco during the month-long fast of Ramadan, when cafés and nearly all restaurants are closed during the day. Ramadan starts in late August 2009 and lasts for around 30 days.

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Latest update: Morocco honeymoon guide: 25 October, 2019


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