Child Friendly Marrakech

There are really two types of families who visit Marrakech. Europeans, who come from Paris, Madrid or London and are looking for a vacation in the sun, will often choose a resort hotel in the medina or the Palmeraie, so the kids can bask in the sun and play in the pool. They may make an excursion into town or the desert or combine it with time in Agadir or Essaouira. The other type of family traveler to Morocco tends to be someone who is doing a cultural exploration of the whole country with a multi-stop itinerary, so Marrakech is just a few days. For either type, Marrakech has limited offerings for young children beyond pool time. The best activities, however, will be orchestrated by a plugged-in guide or a concierge at one of the hotels used to welcoming families. Let us know if you would like to be connected with either.

Among the options to consider, depending on the age of the children:

  • a visit out to the desert for a day or overnight at La Pause, which also offers camel rides and can also make a nice day trip
  • a visit up to the Atlas mountains to one of the Berber villages and markets (but you may want to ask your guide to steer clear of the butcher section)
  • a cooking class with insights into spices, breads etc…
  • a tour of the souk with a family-friendly guide who can navigate the workshops but also the auctions, so it has an educational aspect
  • a visit to one of the school or community projects

Caution: Do be careful of where you eat. It is not uncommon for people to get quite ill from street food and non-filtered water, so exercise caution especially as dehydration with kids can lead to serious medical issues. Pack Kids Pepto Bismal as a precaution.

Published onJanuary 30, 2014

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