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Why Marrakech is Ideal for a Family Holiday

Written on : 23 May 2019
By : Samantha Franco

Introducing your children, whether they are quite young or teenagers, to a different culture is an experience they can learn a lot from, and Marrakech, with its rich cultural history, is just the ideal place. Marrakech is a safe place to travel to, and you needn't worry any more than you would when traveling to any big city, say London or Madrid. It is a recommended destination for all ages. Each child is guaranteed to be fascinated by the red city. In fact, some even say that you will have a better time if you visit with your children, as Marrakech has a family oriented culture. This cultural hub of Morocco has endless activities that every family member can enjoy. Here is a list of activities that will be popular with both young and old.

Carriage ride

Carriage ride

A carriage ride through Marrakech is something no traveller should miss and is highly recommended for children, as they can see the city extensively, without getting tired, and covered from the sun if necessary.

A recommended route is to cross the entire palm grove and reach the Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel. This ride will take about two hours and, after negotiating with the driver, you should not pay more than 200-250 dirhams. You will find the largest selection of carriage rides between Jamaa el Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque. However, you can also opt to schedule for a carriage to pick you up from your villa/riad and drop you off once you are finished.

Bonus tip: As you ride through the palm grove you will see many groups of camels and, if you ask the driver, he will take you to someone who carries out camel tours of the palm grove.

Cooking class

Cooking class

Take a cooking class with your family. You will all gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine, even the little ones. A great way to introduce your children to new foods is by getting them hands-on experience in preparing it. The classes usually last about 4-5 hours. It includes shopping at the market, preparing the dish, and of course the best part, eating it.

Beware, though there are several cooking courses offered in Marrakech, not all are suitable for children. We suggest calling to check age requirements before you decide to book. Some places that allow kids are the Amal Women’s Center and faim d'epices.

Visit a garden

Visit a garden

The hustle and bustle of Marrakech is exciting, but can become overwhelming and tiresome especially when you have children to look after. They key to prolonging everyone’s serenity in this beautiful but chaotic red city is by taking breaks in the many gardens and parks across Marrakech. Many of the gardens and parks are free, making it easy to walk in when you and your little one just need a break from it all.

Jardin Majorelle is the most famous garden in Marrakech. The space is a stunning twelve acre botanical garden. Come and walk around shady lanes in the midst of exotic plants, and daydream beside tranquil streams with floating lilies and lotus flowers. You will not be disappointed.

Another perfect spot to relax is Koutoubia Gardens, also known as Lalla Hassna Park. It is situated right next to Jemaa el-Fna, at the heart of the Medina. Spreading across 5 acres, this paradise of immaculately trimmed rose bushes, perfectly symmetrical walkways and plenty of shade-covered benches, is a favorite with the locals.

Hot air balloon ride

Hot air balloon ride

Float above Morocco's countryside and get a bird’s eye view of the Atlas Mountains. Sure to stun both young and old. Before ascending into the skies, you will ride a 4x4 to the launch location and watch the balloons being inflated. A thrilling experience that will have you feeling like a kid yourself!

Many hot air balloon tours include a tasty Berber breakfast. So after you’ve taking a magical ride across the skies of the Marrakech and taken in the unforgettable views of the rocky valleys and peaks, you will get the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast of Berber staples such as corn bread, pancakes, olives, fresh fruit and mint tea. What more can you ask for?

Food tour

Food tour

We can’t stop talking about food now, can we? A food tour is perfect for an excursion out with the whole family. Wander through the souks, sampling olives, dried fruits, nuts, pastries, and other Moroccan specialities, visit a spice market and check out how spices are used in Moroccan dishes, and taste the mouth-watering variety of food on offer in the iconic Djemaa El-Fna. Fun for the whole family. Quality time spent together while eating quality food.