In these uncertain times of lockdowns and social distancing, we’ve had to cancel our guests’ precious holidays to Morocco up to June. And then the summer months in most parts of the country are far too hot to contemplate a visit, even if coronavirus restrictions are lifted by then. So just when are people planning to visit and when can you safely come to Morocco?
This week we’ve been rescheduling a May trip for October/November, and have been surprised – and not a little heartened – to find bookings in Fez, Marrakech and elsewhere very healthy indeed for the last three months of the year. In fact, we couldn’t rebook at one of the best places to stay in Skoura, on the road between Merzouga in the Sahara and Ouarzazate, on the eastern side of the High Atlas Mountains. Of course, it’s not possible to say when the lockdowns will be lifted, but we’re certainly hoping that the end of 2020 and next year will be the start of the new season.
If Morocco is one of your dream destinations, what should you be doing now? Well, dreaming is always possible! Here are some tips to start you planning:
- Read as much as you can about the country so that you can decide where you want to go and what you want to see and do. Lonely Planet’s new guides, the Morocco travel guide and a new addition, Best of Morocco, will be published in September. And there’s the small Pocket Marrakech if you’re just planning a short break in that city. You could even start learning some Moroccan Arabic (Darija) with LP’s phrasebook.
- Check out our breakdown of what makes Morocco one of the most popular countries in the world to visit: the cities with their fascinating Islamic architecture and busy souks; aspects of the culture found in villages and country areas including the cuisine, music and crafts; the countryside with its magnificent mountain ranges, National Parks, the Sahara desert and the coastlines, both Mediterranean and Atlantic.
- Decide how much time you have and when you’d like to visit. November and December are always busy. It’s winter so chilly (particularly at night in the desert), but is usually crisp and dry with wide blue skies. Christmas and New Year is peak season in Marrakech and Fez but it can be a bit damp (if warmer) on the coast. The best time to visit is April and May when the souks are full of orange blossom and roses and the weather is perfect. Ramadan next year falls mid-April to mid-May, but don’t be put off – it’s a fascinating time to visit (ask us for more information). June sees the major festivals: the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music and the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira. September and October are again perfect months to come as the scorching heat has subsided but days and evenings are still warm and pleasant. A long weekend is time enough to get a taste of Marrakech, Fez, Essaouira or Tangier. Plan on a couple of weeks if you’d like to balance a city with a trip to the desert or the coast. For a really comprehensive tour, three weeks would be ideal.
- Contact us by email, Skype or Whatsapp with any questions you might have. We’re always happy to chat about the wonderful opportunities for a highly rewarding experience that Morocco offers to travellers of all ages.
We’re looking forward to hearing about your plans. But for now, stay home, keep well and start dreaming!