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rebecca.jacobs
post Jan 14 2010, 09:45 AM
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Hi
I am looking into going to morocco in June with my husband and two sons aged 6 and 9, I would like to be near a beach be somewhere suitable for kids but not too touristy I want to experience the country and culture - but I don't know where to stay??!!!
I'd like some advise on towns and type of accomodation think i'd like self catering but are there many places to get things like breakfast food and other praticalities??
would really appreciate anyone help
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Bekee
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post Jan 14 2010, 12:32 PM
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Dear Rebecca, Morocco is a great country and you can find anything you want, but I somehow see a contradiction in what you search, if you want to be near the beach in order to swim, get tanned and all that you must go to the touristy places, because traditional 'locals' they just dont go on holiday to the beach, and the ones that do it they have the same living stardarts as you and I, and you wont find anything to experience different from Marbella. Forget Agadir, Essaouira, Magazan and all the great touristy resorts if you want the real thing you must sacrifice your beach dream and go to cities such Fez, Chaouen,or even Marrakech.
If you have days you could organise a tour and visit the north, meaning Tanger, Assilah -beautiful, but just for one or two days-, Meknes, Fez, Chefchaouen. because you travel with children I suggest renting whole houses instead of two rooms, it will be more convinient and you'll get to save money on lunches and dinners. Dont hesitate to contact me if you need further help I've got contacts -i've been living here for 2 years!- and be glad to help


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post Jan 16 2010, 01:51 AM
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I spent some time in Rabat and at a beach house a few towns away. The beach wasn't really great for swimming around in, but Rabat is a worthwhile city to visit. There are many beach houses and I am sure you could find one to rent. Rabat is, however, a city and not the country but realize that about half the country lives in urban areas so that is an essential part of the culture. City culture and country culture is a lot different because of how space plays a role in gender and day to day life in Moroccan culture.


"The country" would probably be more likely in the middle of the country in the mountains. Meknes is a much less touristy imperial city, and closer to "country." Perhaps look into the medina there, or farther out. I am not sure what kind of accommodations are outside of cities except for desert resorts. I am also not sure what languages you speak, but out there there is more Berber and certainly less English. Again, this isn't near the beach so it isn't exactly what you are looking for. Fes is a bit more touristy, but the medina is bustling and would be a great experience for your children. Spending time in a pilgrimage town would be an interesting experience, I went to Moulay Idris, because it is a bit touristy but aimed mostly at Moroccan visiters and is surrounded by country.


If you are set on a beach setting not by a city, just start looking on the border of Morocco and the ocean and research the different places to stay, or possibly rent. Then research what the communities are like.


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post Jan 27 2010, 05:31 AM
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QUOTE(travelmorocco @ Jan 26 2010, 01:15 PM) *

QUOTE(rebecca.jacobs @ Jan 14 2010, 09:45 AM) *

Hi
I am looking into going to morocco in June with my husband and two sons aged 6 and 9, I would like to be near a beach be somewhere suitable for kids but not too touristy I want to experience the country and culture - but I don't know where to stay??!!!
I'd like some advise on towns and type of accomodation think i'd like self catering but are there many places to get things like breakfast food and other praticalities??
would really appreciate anyone help
thanks
Bekee



hi i think that either Oulidya (2 hours sth of Casablanca on the coast) its stunning there lagoon and open ocean great for kids and adults alike yes there r tourists but it is not on the typical tourist trek or u can go a tad further down the coast to Essaouria more people but a place u can experience the culture and only 2 hours to Marrakesh im a kiwi and i have a travel company here so if u want to contact me don't hesitate cheers
Kathy



HI to Kathy reading your response to this would be interested in your travel company if you do tours around morroco - a bit of everything for two weeks in march - for a semi independent traveller!!! could you send me info to angela1574@hotmail.co.uk??

many thanks
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post Feb 6 2010, 05:09 PM
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Essaouira is the perfect place for you to spend your vacation. There are a lot of tourist that time of year as the Gnawa Music Festival starts about that time but its one of those places that can still maintain its cultural integrity despite the number or tourists who visit.


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post Jun 9 2010, 08:09 AM
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Hello and thanks to everyone for good tips!!
I am planning to go to Morocco soon and your information would help me to plan better:)
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