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Marrakech with young children can be both mesmerizing, yet tricky. The bustling medina with scooters racing by, the lively Jemaa el Fna where snake-charmers await, and the unknown street food can make for an overwhelming experience. But with the right tips, a Marrakech getaway can be fun for the whole family, regardless of age. In our latest blog post, we’re sharing our top seven experiences for families traveling to Marrakech.
A sight to see for travellers of all ages, Jemaa el Fna is particularly exciting for children with its snake charmers and monkeys to hold and Gnaoua musicians to dance along with. The photo opportunities are endless, just be prepared to tip the entertainers (20 dirhams is an appropriate amount). Then grab some fish and chips Moroccan-style at stall number 14, where the calamari and chips are some of the best food in the popular square. For those wanting a full food and cultural tour, book an evening food tour of the famous square or medina.
Grab your camera and see Marrakech from another side during a caleche tour of Marrakech. With children in tow, opt for a sunset tour around the walls of the city, seeing the various gates leading into the old city. Then perhaps end your tour in the new city of Gueliz, where Western-style restaurants like Mamma Mia, Catanzaro and Le Loft are popular with families. Given the distance and lack of facilities, it’s best to avoid the long route through the Palmeraie district.
Head out to Terre d’Amanar where older children will enjoy zip lining through the Atlas Mountains and completing a tree-tops adventure that will set any heart racing. Expect a day of fun as you walk the planks over the valleys, before indulging in some liberating zip lining between hilltops. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before heading off on the approximately hour-long course. A pool and restaurant are great for relaxing after!
Every Thursday and Monday evening, Café Clock hosts a traditional storytelling (known locally as hikayat) evening in both Darija and English. The lively storytellers capture the attention of audiences young and old as they tell tales of truth, love, and cheating traditionally told on the famous Jemaa el Fna. Master storyteller tells dramatic tales in Darija, followed by his young apprentices recounting the tales in English as the audience enjoys dinner at the hip café.
Roll up your sleeves and learn to cook Moroccan cuisine during a half-day cooking class. While most cooking classes suggest a menu featuring tajines or couscous, children often enjoy the patisserie classes, if only to enjoy the rewards of their efforts once the biscuits are served with a cup of sweet mint tea.
If a camel trek is on your bucket list, head to the Palmeraie district where camel treks of up to one hour through the palm groves can be arranged. Dress in traditional colorful attire for the complete experience. Or head to Scarabeo Camp for lunch where a camel trek into the camp can be arranged. The food is delicious and the vast open spaces are a great playground for children to run freely through the Agafay Desert.
The spectacular Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for a short trek for various ages and fitness levels. Hike up to have lunch with a local Berber family, perhaps some of the best cuisine you will have while in Morocco. Meet the locals and learn about local culture, before enjoying a descent by mule as you zigzag your way back to the village of Imlil to meet your driver.