Every year, Easter is a religious occasion that is eagerly awaited. Everyone starts planning how they are going to spend this delightful and almost magical time. Usually, someone is at home with his family, another one is with his friends, and another one goes out to live a different experience: an adventure trip! We would like to invite you to celebrate Easter in Morocco. You will have a unique opportunity to tour imperial cities and get to know the unique history and culture of Morocco. Cities with a rich history, such as Fez, Marrakech, and Ouarzazate, will surprise you with magnificent architectural wonders that preserve the essence of antiquity.
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The boundless sands of the vast African desert, through which the trade caravans of the Great Southern Route used to pass. Numerous artisan workshops where masters craft authentic works of art: handmade carpets, silks, stunning jewelry, national headdresses, amazing wooden products of high craftsmanship, and many more Moroccan items. All this, and much more, you can see with your own eyes in Morocco. This Morocco vacation will allow you to experience real Moroccan life and immerse yourself in its culture. The ideal Easter itinerary for a vacation in Morocco awaits you.
Why Morocco for Easter?
1. Perfect weather for traveling to Morocco during Easter Week
Holy Week runs from April 10 (Palm Sunday) to April 17 this year (Easter Sunday). This is in the middle of spring when temperatures throughout the country are pleasant and warm. The lowest temperature in April in Marrakech is 13°C, while the highest is 25°C. In addition, the average rainfall drops, with April being a month with a lower chance of rain than March: between 7% and 13%.
2. Holy Week 2022: Morocco in its purest form
This holy custom is impressive, it paralyzes the nation. Nothing to do with Easter 2022: Morocco does not commemorate it. However, it allows visitors to experience the typical pulse of the country, with the bustle of the squares and souks. The sound of the call to prayer, the hustle and bustle of the city traffic…
3. Increased number of flights and ferries available
At Easter, airlines and shipping companies usually increase their flight and ferry schedules between Spain and Morocco. This way, you will have more options to organize your arrival and departure. For example, you can start in one place and end in another, or go in the morning or afternoon, depending on your inclinations. Note that the main entry points to the country are Marrakech, Casablanca, and Fes by air, as well as Tangier by boat or plane.
The perfect itinerary for Easter in Morocco
A vacation in the south of Morocco at Easter to discover the desert and experience unforgettable sensations. Morocco is located in the west of North Africa. It is bordered by the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Mauritania to the south, Algeria to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
The main mountain ranges, the Middle Atlas and High Atlas rise to an altitude of between 2,000 and 4,000 meters, Tubkal being its highest peak (4,165 meters). The Anti Atlas lies to the south, facing the southern desert, while the Rif lies to the north, parallel to the Mediterranean. Half of the nation is usable land, which is equally divided between arable and pasture land.
Day 1: Marrakech – High Atlas – Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate:
We will start at the airport or at the Riad to leave for Quarzazate, crossing the High Atlas Mountains and arriving at the incredible Tizi’Tichka pass, which is 2260 meters above sea level. The High Atlas Mountains are a mountain range full of extraordinary landscapes that we will cross admiring the Berber lands, small traditional villages, and fortresses, with stops to contemplate and photograph the panoramic views.
Continue to the Argan Oil Cooperative, and then to the charming town of Ait Ben Haddou, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation as the best-preserved Ksar. We will then go to Quarzazate, which is considered the gateway to the vast desert; in Ouarzazate, if you are interested in cinema, you can see the studios where many of Hollywood’s best-known movies have been filmed (Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix… scenes from the Games of Thrones series and more).
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Anti Atlas Mountains – Draa Valley – Merzouga desert:
After breakfast, head to the Draa Valley, one of the most exotic places in Morocco and the largest in the country. Kasbahs, mud palaces, and the Ksur are the main attractions of this region, which is one of the most exotic places in the country. After lunch in the town of Alnif, we will continue for another two hours to reach the magnificent Merzouga Dunes, where we will have a welcome tea and take some time to relax and reflect. Camels will transport us to the foot of the Great Dune, where we will dine to the rhythm of the timpani and sing for an hour and a half until the sunsets. We will have a magical night under the starry sky of the desert, meals in the tents, live music, and a bonfire, where we can dance and watch the stars…
Day 3: Merzouga – Erg Chebbi – tour around the dunes
We will go on a discovery tour of the desert attractions. Your experience today is unique, as you will spend the day with the Berber people, who are the original inhabitants of Morocco and North Africa in general. There are several places to see and explore in and around the desert. First and foremost we will see the Berber nomads. These individuals still live the old-fashioned way, in tents, with a herd of cattle in between.
Next, you will go to the town of Khamlia, where you will meet the Gnaouas and listen to their traditional music. Thirdly, you will enjoy breathtaking views as seen in Galbnass. In addition, you will move to the kohl mine of Mifiss, formerly a French property, to learn more about the mineral. If you wish to ride camels and spend another night at the desert camp, you will have the option to do so in the afternoon after sunset. You can also go to the hotel to watch the sunset and spend the night there.
Day 4: Merzouga – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley
In the morning, breakfast and departure to Rissani, a city known for its market and souks. From there, we will go to Erfoud, where we will see the factory that produces petrified marble, as well as the fossil museum. Continue to the Todra Gorges, which are 300 meters high and a popular climbing destination. In the afternoon, we will continue to the Dades Valley, passing through the magnificent Boumalne Valley on the way. At the hotel, we will spend the night and have dinner.
Day 5: Dades Gorges – Rose Valley – Skoura – High Atlas – Marrakech
After breakfast, we will continue our journey to the Route of the Thousand Kasbahs, a series of fortified citadels built in adobe. We will head to the Valley of the Roses, where we will see nature at its most vibrant, and then to the Skoura Palm Grove, which boasts more than 700,000 palm trees. We will then travel to Quarzazate, where we will visit the famous Kasbah Taourirt, considered one of the best-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco. Afterward, we will stop for lunch before continuing on to Marrakech via the Tizin’Tichka mountain pass, which offers breathtaking views and opportunities to stop and photograph the scenery. Arrival in Marrakech is scheduled for 18h. The trip concludes with a transfer to your hotel or riad.
What does it include?
- Pick up and drop off service.
- Spanish-speaking driver/guide.
- Overnight in a camp in Erg Chebbi with a private bathroom and shower.
- Mint tea, sandboarding, and Berber music in the camp.
- Possibility to ask the driver to stop when and where you want.
- Stops for panoramic views and free time for lunch.
- Private and comfortable 4×4 vehicle with fuel and air conditioning included.
- Camel for each one in the desert.
What does it exclude?
- Monument taxes.