For those of us living in the UK, Morocco is the ‘accessible Africa’. It’s just a 3.5 hour flight away to a totally different world of vibrant medinas, sweeping apricot-coloured deserts, and jagged snow capped mountains. It’s a country that defines the exotic and offers year round sunshine.
Morocco is a fantastic place to explore with kids. The highlights for our boys were sandboarding in the Sahara Desert, trekking the Atlas Mountains on a mule, and running around the quiet medina on Essaouria.
Getting around Morocco with kids
Should you hire a car in Morocco? By far the best and easiest way to explore Morocco with kids is by hiring a car and self driving. This offers your greater flexibility, and if you’re travelling as a family, it works out more cost effective. Plus, the roads are remarkably good!
Self drive itinerary
Check out our self drive Morocco itinerary with kids which details our route, what we got up to, and where we stayed. This starts and ends in Marrakech and took 2.5 weeks, via Rabat, Chefchaouen, Moulay Idriss, Ifran, the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains.
Marrakech with kids
If you follow our itinerary above, you’ll definitely be visiting Marrakech at some point. Marrakech is the busiest city of all Morocco and the motorbikes whizzing around the chaotic medina are enough to put even the most experienced traveller on edge. Add young kids into the mix and the city seems even more confronting. However, follow our one day itinerary for Marrakech with kids, and you’re off to a good start.
And you can still have a riad experience in Marrakech! Admitedly many of them do not allow young kids to stay, but check out our REVIEW of Riad Les Hibiscus – a beautiful riad in the heart of the medina, which is also extremely family friendly.
Visiting the Sahara Desert with kids
No trip to Morocco is complete without a visit to the Sahara Desert and it was an absolute highlight of our visit. Check out our post all about visiting the Sahara Desert with kids.
Our favourite places to relax in Morocco
This has to be the port town of Essaouria. It’s the perfect destination for an intrepid family with young kids and you can easily stay a week. We love the long stretch of sandy beach with safe, shallow waters, the camels, the medina, souqs, fishing port and ramparts to explore. Check out why we think you should visit Essaouira with kids.
We also found Chefchouen a lovely place to relax. We had originally intended to only stay a night. In fact, many travellers only stop for a day or two to snap some insta-worthy photos against its striking blue backdrop. But we fell so much in love with Morocco’s blur city, that we ended up staying almost a week. Check out our post of things to do with kids in Chefchouen.
Morocco vaccination requirements
As long as you are up to date with their standard vaccination schedule at home, you’re good to go. Just ensure you have adequate health insurance before you travel as the national health service isn’t that great and the private hospitals in Morocco are very expensive. Do check with your health adviser before leaving and also online at NaTHNaC.