There’s plenty to capture children’s imaginations in Morocco. In cities such as Fez and Marrakesh, the sensory explosion and chaos of the medinas and souqs are endlessly fascinating and supply many exciting (and possibly exasperating) moments. Marrakesh has the most to offer families in urban Morocco. A night around a campfire or a camel ride on the beach will be memorable, but be sure to factor in some time by the hotel pool at the end of a hot day
Morocco for Kids
Morocco is ideal for parents who once traveled to intrepid destinations, and don’t necessarily fancy a Western poolside now they have knee-high traveling companions. Compared with Asia, it’s easily accessible from Europe and North America; Marrakesh is less than four hours from London. And when you touch down, you’ll find that children open numerous doors, getting you closer to the heart of this family-orientated country.
Meeting the Locals
Moroccans love children so much that you may even want to bring a backpack to carry smaller kids, in case they grow tired of the kissing, hugging, gifts, and general adulation. Locals have grown up in large families and children break the ice and encourage contact with Moroccans, who are generally very friendly, helpful, and protective towards families.
As you travel the countryside, women may pick up their own child and wave from their doorway. Such moments emphasize your children’s great benefit: having yet to acquire any stereotypes about Africa and the Middle East, their enduring impression of Morocco is likely to be its people’s warmth and friendliness. Of course, this certainly doesn’t mean parents receive special treatment from the salesmen in the country’s souqs.
However, even the grizzliest shopkeeper generally welcomes Western women and children, as it gives their store the image of having a broad, family-friendly appeal. Letting your kids run amok in carpet shops can also be an excellent bargaining technique
Adapting to Morocco
Morocco is a foreign environment and children will likely take a day or so to adapt, but it has plenty of familiar and fun aspects that kids can relate to. British traveler Emma Catling says of her five-year-old son Finlay’s first impressions of Marrakesh: ‘It was hectic at first: with bikes and horses coming past you in narrow alleyways and different smells, it was beyond his normal experience – but the snakes on the Djemaa el-Fan turned him around.’ In the countryside, simple things like beehives and plants endlessly fascinate children