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Camping in Morocco – A Dream Holiday

Marrakesh

Marrakesh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Surprisingly for some, Morocco is a camping friendly destination with plenty of well-equipped camp sites with great facilities in coastal regions.  Facilities and prices do vary from one campsite to the next, but between €5 and €10 per night is about par for the course.  However, as you head towards the hills, the camping experience does get wilder!

If you haven’t camped in Morocco before, it might be sensible to book with a tour operator who’ll supply tents, other camping gear, cooking and food supplies and even donkeys.  You’ll probably need some lightweight waterproofs and clothing that’s easy to layer.  Packing basic necessities such as water purification tablets, toilet paper and wet wipes (always handy when you’re travelling) as these aren’t always readily available in Morocco.  A pair of hiking boots is a good idea, especially if you intend to do quite a bit of travelling or walking.

Morocco is ideal for a coastal off-season camping trip (when air travel is usually a bit cheaper) because it really does get unbearably hot during the summer months.  However, if you do want to visit the mountains to camp, bear in mind that it can be nippy all year round and that you’ll need specialist equipment if you’re snow-trekking.

PLACES TO VISIT

  • Casablanca really is the ‘must-visit’ place in Morocco.  Rick’s Café (of the Hollywood movie fame) will take you back in time with its forties atmosphere in one of the most elegant mansions on the Medina.  Casablanca combines Art Dec with French Colonialism for a truly unique and charming experience.  The Hassan II Mosque has the largest minaret in Africa, dominating the skyline day and night.
  • Marrakech is an imperial city at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.  It’s a busy large city, noisy and full of life.  It’s the cultural centre of Morocco with a huge central square, Djemma el Fna, surrounded by snack stalls and cafes.  In the evenings this becomes the haunt of the street entertainers who provide a colourful spectacle that thrills the crowd.

     

  • After the hustle and bustle of Marrakech why not chill out at Essaouira, a laid back town on the coast with beautiful beaches where you can unwind for a few hours in the sun.  The Medina is pedestrianised, meaning shopping in the souqs is care-free and relaxing, a great way to while away the afternoon in this fascinating walled enclave.  The busy working port is filled with fishing boats and the daily catch is snapped up by the local restaurants every afternoon.

For seasoned campers who want that little bit of extra adventure, Morocco is ideal for ‘wild camping’ – just pitching your tent and sleeping beneath the stars.  However, it would be worth researching your trip online and following any safety advice you come across.

All in all, camping in Morocco will add an exotic flavour to your holiday – the sights and sounds are so different and enticing.  This sort of camping holiday is a true adventure, with remarkable scenery, unusual food, camel rides in the dessert – it really does bring an extraordinary sense of excitement and adventure.  If you’re looking for a camping trip with a difference, Morocco is the place to go.

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