This was the second time we had been out to Marrakesh (in 2016), it’s one of my favourite places to visit with young children, so I’m going to combine my experiences from both trips into this one post.
First things first, if you’re a single parent like I am, you need to find the most effective way that works for your children when it comes to navigating the airport. I try to make the airport as part of the holiday experience for the children as well so they don’t pick up on any anxious energy I may have about everything going smoothly. Here are my tips:
- get to the airport early, I’m talking at least 4 hours early! We flew from Gatwick and used their family security lane which made things a bit easier and the boys got some stickers. It also meant we had time to sit down, get something to eat, look at the shops and do any nappy changes/toilet runs – minimising the risk of unhappy and hungry children being hustled onto a plane.
- British Airways every time, we flew with Ryanair last time as I couldn’t justify the extra cost for a seat for a toddler but I’m so glad we flew with BA this time. Everything was a lot easier, didn’t need to worry about where to sit (or feel cheated by being asked to pay extra to chose a seat!). Drinks and snacks are complimentary as well, and actually decent food I’d give to my children rather than an £8 mini hot dog.
- Trunkis, they are an absolute headache, causing accidents, knocking over displays etc but it keeps the children occupied and happy. Wynter pulled his along behind him and Bodhi enjoyed being pulled on his. They also both have mini backpacks from Cath Kidston, they each had a water bottle, snacks (yoghurt bar, raisins and a snack bag of pretzels), crayons, blank paper, two small books and a small toy.
***A positive aspect is what a child-friendly country it is, only one adult accompanying young children could be whisked through and jump ahead of a good few hundred people in the queue at passport control (really helps cut down time waiting in a queue with miserable children)***
We went during late spring and winter. In the spring it was HOT, far too hot for the boys, but during the winter while it was warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, maybe a light jacket or cardigan/jumper it was very cold in the mornings and evenings. We stayed indoors for the hotter parts of the day in the spring and made the most of the pool, also water, water, water, you can never drink enough. During the winter we went out late morning until late afternoon when it was warmer (around 17-19 degrees Celsius).
Places to go
TIP: Car seats are virtually unheard of, if you don’t fancy risking your child using a seat belt then bring car seats/booster seats with you, especially for long journeys.
Here is a list of places we visited and I would highly recommend:
- The souks – Jemma El Fna Square, Marrakesh, Morocco (I would avoid bringing children here, especially SEN as it’s quite crowded and noisy but still something to check off your list).
- A drive up to Atlas Mountains, there are waterfalls and snow, you can also stop off in some villages for donkey rides up the mountains
- The Palmerie, you can do camel rides out here as well and ‘dress up’
- Jardin Majorelle, absolutely beautiful and perfect photo opportunity
Overall it was a very relaxed visit both times, there are also shopping malls like Carre Eden where you have shops like H&M and there are a few Starbucks and MacDonald’s if that’s your thing as well, which brings me on to…
There is nothing better than refreshing Moroccan tea and biscuits, I could quite happily live off it for the rest of my life.
You need to eat:
- authentic Moroccan cous cous – we ate in silence, you could hear a pin drop (sign of a good meal!)
- lunch and doughnuts from Amoud
- cakes and pastries from Amandine (our daily vice)
NUMBER ONE TIP? Brush up on your French GCSE and throw in a few Arabic words if you can. They’ll love you for trying!