Morocco is a fantastic Easter in Morocco getaway for families. It’s easy to travel to, safe, and sunny, with beautiful scenery and unrivaled kindness. There is no jet lag from Europe. As of this week, children will no longer require vaccine passports. As a result, the best time to organize an Easter holiday is now!
Here are two excellent routes, as well as some family-friendly lodgings along the way.
Families enjoy visiting the vibrant Red City as a starting point. The interesting and labyrinthine souks, which sell everything from homeware to spices to woodwork and jewelry, are just the beginning. There are also artists weaving fabric, pounding metal, cobblers, and the extremely loud tanneries. On a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) tour throughout the city, climb the ancient walls, visit palaces and tombs, and explore Yves Saint Laurent’s beautiful Majorelle Gardens.
The Palmeraie palm trees give shade outside the city walls, while the spectacular snow-capped Atlas Mountains may be seen to the south. These are easily accessible on a day trip from Marrakech, but we believe that staying overnight allows you to immerse yourself in the intriguing Berber culture as well as do some easy hikes into the mountains for great views. The Tizi-n’Tichka road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate (4 hours each way) offers beautiful canyons, lush river valleys, walled villages, and old history: there’s even a Valley of One Thousand Kasbahs to explore! Spend the night at either the gorgeous kasbah-town of At Benhaddou, which has been featured in countless films, or Skoura, a palm oasis on the outskirts of the Sahara desert (see our recommended hotels below).
There are several services in Merzouga to make your Easter in Morocco more enjoyable. Camel trekking in the Merzouga desert is a must-do on any Morocco vacation. If you want to spend a night riding a camel and staying in a Berber camp, arrive early. We normally leave two hours before dusk to catch the sunset along the way or when we arrive at camp.
We’ll begin by riding camels across the golden dunes. Our camel man, on the other hand, will make multiple stops along the way to capture your photos and give you the opportunity to shoot your own. We’ll be at our luxurious tent in no time. We’ll start with a delicious Moroccan meal. Furthermore, our drummers will work relentlessly to prepare for your performance. Under the stars, you’ll have a terrific time listening to Berber music. If you want, you can have the camels return to where we started. You can, however, return to the meeting point in 44 minutes.
Easter itinerary in Morocco
Marrakech on Day One
In the frist day of our Holy week Easter in Morocco when you arrive at the airport, your driver/guide will meet you and take you to your riad. There is a day off available. Dinner is complimentary. For the night, I’m staying at a riad.
Day 2: Full day in Marrakech
Marrakech is one of Morocco’s most important destinations to visit during Easter, and it is the most important of the four Imperial Cities, lying at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. After breakfast, have a tour of the city with your official guide and driver, also known as the “Pearl of the South” and “Crimson or Ochre City” because of the red walls that surround it and the different red-colored structures built at the same time with red stones and sand. It is possible to see the Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef’s ancient Koranic school, the Mosque, and the Koutoubia Minaret. Lunch and a mint tea on one of the terraces overlooking the Jemaa el-Fna square, then on to the Mosque and the Koutoubia Minaret, the Majorelle Gardens, and the newly inaugurated Yves Saint Laurent museum. In the afternoon, return to your riad/hotel. Dinner is complimentary. For the night, I’m staying at a riad.
Day 3: Marrakech to Dades
Depart from the riad in Marrakech after breakfast and travel across the Great Atlas Mountains to Tizi n’Tichka, which is 2,260 meters above sea level (the highest mountain pass in the Atlas). We will then drive south to the Kasbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou, a Unesco World Heritage Site, where we will make a brief visit. The journey will continue to the Dades Valley, passing through the Valley of Roses, noted for the cultivation of the Damask rose, from which the essence for several goods is obtained. Our destination will be the Dades Gorges. Dinner and the night were spent in the riad.
Dades to Merzouga on Day 4
After breakfast, depart from the Dades Valley towards the Todra Gorges. We’ll then travel to Erfoud, renowned as the “City of Fossils” because to the profusion of fossil stones in the surrounding area. In the afternoon, arrive in Merzouga settlement. Dinner and the night were spent in the riad.
Day 5: Tour of the Merzouga desert
We’ll leave Merzouga in the morning to explore the Erg Chebbi dunes, where you’ll be able to observe and photograph breathtaking panoramas. We will stop along the way to pay a brief visit to the nomadic families that dwell in this distant spot. A brief visit to the Mifiss mines. Continue to Khamlia, a community of black people from Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania, where you can join a Gnawa music event and where we will stop for lunch to try Berber pizza (not included in the price). Ride a camel to the Berber tents, colloquially known as “Haima,” where dinner will be served under the stars and traditional Berber music played with drums will be performed. Dinner and an overnight stay in a luxurious tented camp.
Merzouga to Ouarzazate on Day 6
Early morning wake-up call to see the dawn over the dunes, breakfast at the tented camp, then return to Rissani on the back of a dromedary to visit the famed and bustling market. Continue in the direction of Ouarzazate, passing through the Draa Valley, which is densely forested and home to Berber settlements, and arriving in the afternoon. The Atlas Film Corporation Studios, Easter in Morocco, is located near the town and has shot and continues to shoot a variety of desert-themed films. The Atlas Studios are free to the public. Dinner and the night were spent in the riad.
Day 7: Marrakech to Ouarzazate
After breakfast, depart for Ouarzazate, a military and administrative city in the Dadès valley that the French expanded in the 1920s. We will visit the kasbah of Taourirt, which was inhabited until just after the 1930s and is now a tourist complex with a museum on the outskirts of Ouarzazate, in the direction of Tinerhir. Depart for Marrakech, crossing the Great Atlas Mountains again on the way back to Marrakech in the evening. Dinner is complimentary. For the night, I’m staying at a riad.
Day 8: Marrakech Airport
We will accompany you to the Marrakech airport for your return to your country and the conclusion of our job.
Please keep in mind that we provide tours of Moroccan cities such as: