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Bucket List: The Best Things to Do with Kids in Marrakech, Morocco

By March 25, 2015September 11th, 2020One Comment

people in shop in Marrakech, Morocco

Did you know that Morocco is only a quick plane ride from many major hubs in Europe? This country can be a wonderful introduction to Africa for you and your family, steeped in rich Islamic traditions and beautiful, natural landscapes. One such city to check out in Morocco is Marrakech. You and your kiddos will love exploring the detailed palaces, colorful marketplaces and incredible old town for an exotic, yet totally doable trip for a family vacation.

We got a lot of inspiration to start from at MarocMama, who spent many months as an American expat living in Marrakech with her family. We love stories like that and hope to discover many more! Her tales and many others who’ve taken their broods to amazing destinations like this inspire and enlighten us to do the same. So, here are some of the best attractions, landmarks, accommodations, and foodie delights we hope to experience soon in the beautiful city of Marrakech.

Tour the Koutoubia Mosque

Surrounded by gorgeous rose gardens, this is the ideal spot for families to relax and soak in the sight of Medina, the old town part of Marrakech. It’s the largest mosque around and one of the oldest, boasting a minaret tower that’s more than 200 feet high. There are tours in French and Arabic for those of Muslim faith who want to see the interior, but simply lounging near the gardens for a lunch or quick sightseeing break can be a memorable time.

Cool Off at Oasiria

It wouldn’t be a real vacation without a trip to some sort of theme park! Marrakech has a couple outside town, but the easiest to get to as a visitor is this water park oasis. Oasiria has adrenaline pumping waterslides, lazy rivers, pirate-themed pools, and more than 250 varieties of local ad exotic plants on the property. There are designated areas for small children and older kids as well as discounts on family tickets.

Navigate a Moroccan Souk

These can be busy and chaotic for kids to experience, but are also a thrilling look into the heart of culture in Marrakech. Pick up some locally made shoes or jewelry and pick out some trinkets for the kids’ buddies back home.

Dine at Le Fondouk

Dig in family-style at this popular restaurant located near the Marrakech museum in the old part of town. Lunchtime may be best suited for families, but those traveling with well-behaved kids can also have a delightful Moroccan dinner. There’s traditional tangine meats cooked to perfection, alongside classic French and Italian dishes of pastas, duck confit, and beef filet. Leave rooms for the cakes and ice creams served at the end to be savored in a cozy, beautifully decorated ambiance.

All of these great activities are well located near the best hotels in Marrakech. With kids, have a transportation plan in mind, such as a car service or taxis arranged by the hotel. It’s also advisable to choose places to stay outside Medina, as the old city is not as accessible as the more developed areas.

Let us know if we can help in achieving your travel goals, we love to offer personal tips and advice – ask away. 

Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @Crooked_Flight

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