Morocco is a short, cheap flight away from mainland Europe. It offers a total escape to an exotic culture and year round sunshine and warmth. A great winter getaway destination awaits you.
Morocco is a wonderful blend of North Africa and French culture. The Moroccans are well known for their artisanal talents. Riads (guest houses) are beautifully designed with high ceilings, exquisite tiles, romantic metal lanterns, and the famous tadelakt cement finish. Stepping out from the cool garden courtyard of the riad, you can barter and buy in the souks (markets) for amazing leather sandals and slippers, basket ware, spices, soaps, jewellery, cotton and wool kaftans, blankets, and much more. It is truly a sensory delight.
On the riad rooftop enjoy Moroccan/French cuisine with the backdrop of Atlas mountains and local mosques. The calls to prayer echo the devotion of the Moroccan people. Tables are decorated with a profusion of roses and candles setting an exotic and romantic tone.
The Moroccans are warm and welcoming people. The King was educated in the west and encourages tourism. The kingdom is safe and travel friendly. As frequent visitors we always feel secure without concern for safety.
Some great places to visit are Marrakech, Fes, Casablanca, Essaouira and Ouzarzate. It’s easy to organize a week-long trip to the Sahara desert.
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April - highs of 36C and lows of 11C - mostly sunny
December / January - highs of 22C and lows of 5C - mostly sunny with cool evenings
Moroccan Dhms and Euros are accepted
Approximate exchange rate - €100 = Dirham 1,092
Dirham 100 = €9
We would recommend to cover up and avoid wearing short skirts and low necklines out of respect for the culture and not to draw attention to yourself. There is no need to cover your head, although if sightseeing in some temples it might be worth having a scarf in hand.
Morocco is the most liberal of all Muslim countries. It is a kingdom and considered very safe.
Loose comfortable layered clothing for yoga and meditation
Running clothes if you would like to join in the early morning mindfulness runs
Hand washing powder for running clothes
Good walking shoes
Bathing suit, flip flops, sunglasses and sunscreen
Amphibious shoes if you would like to do lake activities
Light down vest and jacket for cool evenings
Cash (credit cards are also accepted)
Books from recommended reading list
The map shows the location of the Morocco Countryside retreat. To view the location of the Morocco Desert retreat, please click here.
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