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Let’s explore Morocco with kids, from the bustling labyrinth of Marrakech’s medina, to the starkly stunning Sahara Desert! Along the way, we’ll view the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, taste an array of spices and exotic dishes, and hear a variety of languages and types of music. Here are 25 amazing things to do during a family vacation in Morocco.

Tween boy on a camel in the Sahara Desert in Morocco

Look, Mom! I’m on a camel in the Sahara Desert! (Photo credit: Keryn Means)

1. Explore the medina of Marrakech.

Marrakech’s walled old town, or medina, is overwhelming in the most wonderful way. Look out for zipping scooters, tuk tuks and donkey-pulled carts as you wind through this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s intriguing maze of shops, restaurants, and sites.

Shoppers and a tuktuk in Marrakech's medina Shoppers and a tuk tuk in Marrakech’s medina (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

You can hire a tuk tuk (a three-wheeled auto rickshaw) to transport you through the city. Or, do as my tween son, Leo, and I did and take your pick from numerous carriages lined up near the main square for a horse drawn ride.

Horse drawn carriage in the Marrakech medina

Horse drawn carriage in the medina (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Take in the sights, sounds and scents of Djemaa el Fna Square.

Snake charmers, musicians, and vendors fill Marrakech’s central square, Djemaa el Fna. You can also find simple yet innovative carnival games, like the challenge of kicking a plastic water bottle with a soccer ball. It’s fun to interact with locals by dancing to live musical performances, spending a few dirhams to play a game, or pulling up a stool to dine at one of the many food stalls. If you want to take photos of the performers, then be sure to give a tip.

Djemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech

Djemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Shop the souks in Morocco with kids.

A souk is an Arab marketplace or bazaar. Vendors sell everything in Morocco’s souks from the freshest fruit juices to tea sets, rugs, painted ceramics, and household goods like washing machines decorated with flowered lids. It seems everything in Morocco is beautifully decorated! If you get lost in the Marrakech souks (and you will), then ask a local to point your family back to Djemaa el Fna Square.

Fruits and vegetables for sale in the Marrakech Medina

Fruits and vegetables for sale in the souks (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. View Kutubiyya Mosque.

Mosques are worship centers for those who practice the religion of Islam. Listen for the melodic call to prayer from every mosque’s minaret (tower) in Morocco five times per day. Not everyone stops to pray, but many do. Both men and women attend Moroccan mosques, but they pray separately to avoid distraction from God.

The primary mosque in Marrakech is Kutubiyya Mosque. It’s the city’s oldest mosque, built in 1147. Like nearly all mosques in Morocco, only Muslims may enter. There are two exceptions to this rule: Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and Tin Mal Mosque in the High Atlas.

Kutubiyya Mosque in Marrakech

Kutubiyya Mosque in Marrakech (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Admire Moroccan tiles.

Tiles are everywhere in Morocco! In addition to being a beautiful design element, tiles are the preferred floor covering in this desert country because they keep moisture from coming up from the earth during floods and they are easy to clean.

Beautiful Moroccan tiles in the Medina of Marrakech

Beautiful Moroccan tiles in the Medina of Marrakech (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Visit Bahia Palace.

Built in the 1800s, Bahia Palace looks fit for a king. This grand home was actually not the home of Sultan Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman, however, but of his top vizier (advisor). He named it for his favorite wife, Bahia, which means beautiful. Indeed, the palace is a gorgeous place explore and get your Moroccan tile fix, too.

Bahia Palace courtyard

Bahia Palace courtyard (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. Get a henna tattoo.

Henna artists may try to entice your family to get henna tattoos as you explore Marrakech. This temporary body art is created using a dye from the henna plant. The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi, and is traditionally used for celebrations and rites of passage like weddings. Henna is typically worn by women and children, but Western men may want to join in the fun.

For a relaxing air-conditioned experience, take the kids to the Marrakech Henna Art Café, located right off Djemaa el Fna square. They guarantee the use of all-natural henna, whereas some street vendors may use chemically enhanced products. You can flip through binders to view all sorts of intricate henna designs from which to choose, all while enjoying a meal, snack, or cup of mint tea. Expect your henna design to last anywhere from one to three weeks.

Young boys showing off their henna tattoos at Bahia Palace

My son, Leo (right), and his new friend, Deklan, at Bahia Palace showing off their henna tattoos (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. Drink Moroccan mint tea.

Maghrebi mint tea is the national drink of Morocco. It’s made with fresh spearmint, green tea, and sometimes other herbs and sugar. Mint tea is offered to guests as a sign of welcome and tops off most Moroccan meals.

Moroccan mint tea

Moroccan mint tea (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Before taking a sip, say, “B’Saha!” That means “cheers” or “health” in Arabic.

9. Watch a belly dancer performance.

Morocco has such an intriguing culture of contrasting beliefs and customs. In such a pious country, this alluring form of dance may seem out of place. Belly dancing is a tradition that was imported from the country’s residents of Turkish and Egyptian descent who are not followers of the Islam faith. In family restaurants, though, belly dance performances are more modest than you might expect, with dancers using their hair or scarves to cover their cleavage. The beautiful performer in the video above was actually dancing a lot with little kids and even picked up a toddler in the restaurant.

My son drinking orange (tangerine?) juice in the Marrakech medina

My son drinking orange (tangerine) juice in the Marrakech medina (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

10. Sip fresh orange juice.

Second only to Morocco’s beloved mint tea is orange juice. This tangy sweet drink is actually made from tangerines (oranges from Tangier!) and is way better than your standard OJ. I even got my fruit-averse son to take a sip and then he begged for his own! In fact, we loved this drink so much, we bought a juicer so we can make our own tangerine juice at home, which is good, but nowhere near as good as the liquid sunshine you’ll find in Morocco.

A valley in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

A valley in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco (Photo credit: Cornfield, Depositphotos.com)

11. Journey into the Atlas Mountains.

The Atlas Mountains make up the longest mountain range in the vast continent of Africa, separating the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. This range stretches from Morocco, through Algeria and on to Tunisia. To reach the Sahara Desert from Marrakech, you will need to journey through these mountains, and with breathtaking scenery along the way, you’ll be glad you did.

Toubkal is the highest mountain peak in the range, and in all of North Africa. You’ll find this mountain topped with snow and ice if you visit during winter.

Airplane from "Jewel of the Nile" movie at Atlas Film Studios

Airplane from “Jewel of the Nile” movie at Atlas Film Studios (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

12. Tour Atlas Film Studios.

In terms of geographic size, do you know where you’ll find the world’s largest movie studio? Morocco! Atlas Film Studios sits on 322,000+ square feet of desert. Atlas is a popular shooting location due to its relatively affordable price tag, unique desert landscape, and proximity to snowy mountains. Game of Thrones, Romancing the Stone, Star Wars and Gladiator are just some of the TV shows and movies that have been filmed here.

Kids playing with props at Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate

Kids playing with props on a set at Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The best part of a visit to Atlas Film Studios? Unlike most movie studios, visitors can actually climb on and interact with real sets! The kids in our National Geographic and G Adventures tour group hadn’t heard of most of the productions shot here, but they did have a blast pretending to be Egyptian pharaohs and other characters during our guided expedition.

Harvesting the Damask roses in Kalaat M'Gouna, Morocco

Harvesting the Damask roses in Kalaat M’Gouna (Photo credit: luisapuccini, Depositphotos.com)

13. Stop to smell the roses in Kalaat M’Gouna.

Kalaat M’Gouna, also known as Valley of the Roses, prides itself on its abundance of Damask roses. In fact, the town hosts a weeklong Rose Festival to celebrate the rose petal harvest each May. Expect singing, dancing, food, and rose petal-flinging parades. It all culminates in the crowning of Miss Rose in a pageant.

Rose water and other rose products for sale in Kalaat M'Gouna, Morocco

Rose water and other locally sourced products for sale in Kalaat M’Gouna (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

These pink flowers, renowned for their vibrant scent, are used to make rose water, rose oil, perfumes and soaps. Even if you’re not visiting during the festival, then you should stop in the Valley of the Roses to pick up some fragrant souvenirs. I also suggest picking up some cosmetic argon oil at a fraction of the price you’d pay at home to improve your skin’s health and minimize the appearance of wrinkles!

Moroccan scarves for sale on the way to the Sahara Desert

Moroccan scarves for sale (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

14. Purchase a Moroccan scarf.

A scarf makes a pretty souvenir of your Moroccan vacation. Scarves come in all sorts of colors and designs for women, men and children.

The Travel Mama Colleen Lanin in Morocco

My Moroccan scarf look (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Moroccan scarves are useful, too. They keep the sun off your skin and shield your face from any unexpected sandstorms in the Saharan Desert. You’ll notice that many women in Morocco cover their faces with scarves, but this is not necessarily for religious reasons. Rather, many Moroccan women use scarves to protect their skin from the sun. Foreign women can also use scarves to cover up bare shoulders or low-plunging necklines in this conservative country.

Donkeys in the Sahara Desert in Morocco

Donkeys in the Sahara Desert (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

15. Embark on a 4×4 tour of sand dunes.

Once you finally reach the Sahara Desert in Morocco with kids, you’ll want to get out into the dunes and explore the amazing landscape. Our National Geographic Journeys and G Adventures tour of Morocco included a romping ride through the desert. You’ll definitely want a tour guide driver to lead you through the dunes since it would be easy to get lost in the Sahara or stuck in the sand. We went in a caravan to make sure help was never far away.

We paused during our journey at a water well. That’s where we saw a group of nomads providing water to their donkeys from a spring. Nomadic Moroccans often let their donkeys roam free in the desert, knowing they can find them at the springs when they need their assistance for transport.

We were welcomed by this nomadic Berber, or Amazirgh, family in the Sahara Desert

Nomadic Amazigh family in the Sahara Desert (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

16. Meet a nomadic Amazigh (Berber) family.

Meeting a nomadic Amazigh family in the Saharan Dessert is one of the coolest things I have ever done. Amazighs are native Moroccans who lived in this country long before the Arabians arrived in the 6th century. In fact, the Amazigh may be closely related to the oldest civilization on the planet. That’s right — the oldest homo sapien fossils on the planet, dating back to over 300,000 years old, were found in Morocco.

Amazigh vs. Berber

The Amazigh people are better known as Berbers. Keep in mind, however, Amazigh is the name they prefer. That’s because Berber was the name given to indigenous North Africans by Arab and Roman conquerors and it means Barbarians, or people whose language is incomprehensible babble. Meanwhile, Amazigh in their native Tamazight language means “free man” and the plural Imazighen means “free people.”

Amazigh Religion

Sephardic Jewish in heritage, most Imazighen in Morocco have converted to the Islamic faith. Some, however, maintain their Judaic religion and traditions.

Nomadic Berber teen serving bread to guests

A warm welcome from our nomadic hosts (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Hospitality

Imazighen are well-known for their hospitality, and I can see why. This family welcomed us to their tent with mint tea and bread made with wheat flour, camel lard, onions and spices. Then the kids played soccer together. Kids don’t need to speak the same language to make friends — they just need a ball!

Nomadic lifestyle

With a long tradition of living as nomads, today Amazighs typically live a nomadic lifestyle as sheep and goat shepherds for only a portion of the year. That’s so parents can work to earn additional income (often in the hospitality industry) and so children can attend school.

Purchases and education

We bought a tiny hand-carved stone camel and a little hand-sewn dromedary from this family. When buying items like this from Moroccan families, be sure to hand the money to one of the parents. This is to deter the exploitation of children and to encourage families to send their children to school, which is free and required by law through age 15.

Camel safari guide in the Sahara Desert

Our dromedary safari guides (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

17. Go camel trekking in the Sahara Desert.

Sometimes you have a day you know you’ll always remember. The day we rode Arabian camels through the Saharan Desert in Merzouga was one of those days.

Mid-way through our camel safari, we took a break to slide down sugar-fine sand dunes on snow boards. Who could forget that?

Son and mom atop dromedaries in the Saharan Desert in Morocco

Son and mom atop our dromedaries (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Do you know the difference between a camel and a dromedary? One hump! Whereas camels sport two humps, dromedaries (also known as Arabian camels) have just one. Both store fat in their humps, which can be broken down by their bodies to provide hydration. This makes camelids an excellent source of transportation in the desert.

18. Dance to Gnaoua music under the stars.

To top off our camel safari, we were treated to live Gnaoua (or Gnawa) music in the desert under a blanket of twinkling stars. Gnaoua is a rhythmic traditional Islamic musical performance brought to Morocco from the Hausa people of Sub-Saharan Africa. Typical instruments in Gnaoua music include a three-string lute, a set of hand-held metal castanets, and a large double-headed drum.

The kids and even some of the adults (like me!), joined in clapping and dancing to the beat of the joyful-sounding songs. What an amazing end to an already amazing day! Take a look at our National Geographic Family Journeys group enjoying the Gnaoua music by bonfire light in the videos above.

Kids in Morocco at Ait Ben Haddou Village, a UNESCO heritage site

Kids in Morocco at Aït Ben Haddou Village, a UNESCO heritage site (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

19. Explore Ksar Aït Ben Haddou UNESCO heritage site.

The majestic Ksar Aït Ben Haddou was built in the 1600s with earthen elements like mud, clay, and wood using pre-Saharan methods that date back to the 10th century. Once a trading post linking Marrakech to Sudan, the site is made up of compact houses plus a mosque and two cemeteries. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander the streets in this village. Be sure to climb all the way to the top for 360-degree views of the valley, with verdant green plants on one side and the stark desert on the other.

Aït Ben Haddou Village, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Aït Ben Haddou Village (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

A few families still reside in Ksar Aït Ben Haddou today, but most people have moved to more modern accommodations. It’s located in Ouarzazate, a city that is nicknamed the Door of the Desert. Movies filmed at this UNESCO heritage site include GladiatorThe Mummy, The Last Temptation of Christ and others.

Naturally dyed yarn at Aknif Glaoui co-op in Aït Ben Haddou

Naturally dyed yarn at Aknif Glaoui co-op in Aït Ben Haddou (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

20. Watch artisans making Berber rugs.

Surely, you’ve heard of Berber carpet and Berber rugs. Traditionally these are handwoven by the Berber (Amazigh) people of Morocco and North Africa. These floor coverings are renowned for their beauty as well as their durability. We visited the Akhnfi Laglaoui women’s Berber rug cooperative in Aït Ben Haddou. There, we learned how the wool is made and dyed. Meanwhile, the kids in our crew embarked on a scavenger hunt to keep them content while parents shopped.

Artisans at the Aknif Glaoui co-op in Aït Ben Haddou

Artisans at the Aknif Glaoui co-op in Aït Ben Haddou (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The yarn is hand-woven and dyed in a variety of colors using things found in nature like henna, pomegranate skin, oak bark, eucalyptus leaves, rosemary, tree roots, and indigo stone. The women at the Aknif Glaoui co-op in Aït Ben Haddou add the wool yarn to heated pots of water and use vinegar and salt to make the color stay. The artisans then weave the yarn on looms into intricately patterned rugs and table runners.

Berber placemats from Aknif Glaoui co-op and ceramic bowl purchased from the souks in Marrakech

My Berber placemats from Aknif Glaoui co-op and ceramic bowl purchased from the souks in Marrakech (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

With the help of our National Geographic and G Adventures tour guides as translators, I asked the artists if they had any placemats for sale. They didn’t, but they were happy to cut a runner into four placemats for me. I love the splash of color and wonderful memories of Morocco these add to my home!

Moroccan cooking class chicken tagine

My chicken tagine, before baking (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

21. Attend a Moroccan cooking class.

Morocco’s famous dish, tagine, is named for the cone-shaped earthenware pot in which it is cooked. During our National Geographic and G Adventures tour, we were treated to a cooking class. Parents prepared chicken and vegetable tagine. Meanwhile, the children made m’semen, a traditional North African flatbread. Afterwards, we all sat down to dig into our delicious dishes together.

Tagine comes in all sorts of varieties. You’ll find tagine made with vegetables only for vegetarians, beef (usually brisket served with dried fruits like prunes or apricots), lamb, camel, and so on. Kafta tagine is made with meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese. My favorite, though, is chicken tagine with lemon and olives — the meat is so tender, and it soaks up the tangy flavors! 

Lemon and olive chicken tagine

Lemon and olive chicken tagine (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

22. Enjoy Moroccan cuisine.

The food in Morocco is delicious, flavorful, healthy and always beautifully presented! What’s more, all the kids on our tour enjoyed Moroccan cuisine, including my picky son.

Moroccan salad

Moroccan salad (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Moroccan salads

Every meal in Morocco starts with salads filled with lots of fresh, colorful vegetables. A traditional Moroccan salad consists of diced tomatoes, onions and sometimes cucumbers or olives plus orange juice, mint or parsley. It is drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

Camel tagine with a side of fresh veggies, harissa, and Morocco’s true staple...bread

Camel tagine with a side of fresh veggies, harissa, and Morocco’s true staple…bread (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Harissa

Most Moroccan food, although very flavorful, is quite mild in terms of spiciness. If you like to spice things up, then add a bit of harissa to your plate. According to TasteCooking.com, “Harissa is a North African spicy chili paste — the Sriracha of the Middle East, albeit with a more complex flavor profile. It’s commonly made from roasted or dried chili peppers, garlic, olive oil, and spices (usually coriander, cumin, caraway, mint, and sometimes rose petals).” Want a taste? Take a look at this harissa recipe.

Moroccan pigeon pie

Moroccan pigeon pie (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Pastilla, or Moroccan pigeon pie

My absolute favorite Moroccan dish: Pastilla! This sweet and savory dish is made with shredded poultry — usually chicken or squab (a.k.a. pigeon). The meat is combined with sugar or honey plus cinnamon in a phyllo dough. Even though I typically stick to a gluten-free diet in the U.S. due to my sensitive stomach, I couldn’t resist ordering this dish in Morocco whenever it was on the menu. It was my son’s favorite Moroccan dish as well.

Moroccan desserts

Moroccan desserts (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Moroccan desert

Although cakes and flan can be found in Morocco, traditional desert is simply fresh fruit or sometimes yogurt with fresh fruit. Desert lovers need not despair, however. I swear this country has the tastiest fruits and veggies I’ve ever eaten. A lot of the produce in the U.S. tastes watery and bland to me but Morocco’s farm grown goodies burst with flavor.

Herbs and spices on display at La Caravane des Épices in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Herbs and spices on display at La Caravane des Épices (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

23. Bring the flavors of Morocco home with you.

If you enjoy the food in this country as much as Leo and I did, then you’ll definitely want to bring the flavors of Morocco home with you. Look for spices like turmeric, cumin, saffron, cinnamon, and especially spice blends to recreate Moroccan dishes.

Our tour group stopped at La Caravane des Épices in Ouarzazate, where we learned from an herbalist about the healing properties and flavor profiles of various herbs. We even got a chance to taste some of their products. For example, my son loved their delicious almond butter mixed with healthy argon oil, which he insisted we buy as a tasty souvenir.

Riad Maktoub in Aït Ben Haddou in Morocco

Riad Maktoub in Aït Ben Haddou (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

24. Spend the night at a riad.

Have you ever heard of a riad? It’s a traditional Moroccan home with an interior courtyard. Riads are often modest on the outside but quite luxurious on the inside. This is to avoid the evil eye as well as the jealousy of neighbors.

We stayed at the Riad Maktoub in Aït Ben Haddou, with its lovely courtyard pool. I love that rooms are all unique. Ours had three beds for families or friends traveling together.

Our National Geographic and G Adventures tour also included moderate to luxury hotel stays, all of which boasted beautiful outdoor pools.

Riad Maktoub courtyard pool

Riad Maktoub courtyard pool (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

25. Explore Morocco with National Geographic and G Adventures.

To get the most out of your Moroccan family vacation, I highly recommend signing up for a tour like our National Geographic and G Adventures Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara. This is especially important if you want to travel into the Sahara Desert in Morocco with kids. Having someone navigate the roads, translate, and bring their home country alive for us was priceless.

Winding road in the Atlas Mountains

Winding road in the Atlas Mountains (Photo credit: Cornfield, Depositphotos.com)

Enjoy the journey.

I can only imagine the amount of work it would take to plan out a driving route, make hotel and riad reservations, and find the best restaurants for our journey from Marrakech to the Sahara Desert. Instead of worrying about driving through winding mountain roads and scheduling activities, we were able to kick back, relax, and take in the scenery.

Amazigh nomad and G Adventures guide in Morocco

Our guide, Mohammed (on right), getting a drink of water from an Amazigh nomad (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Meet locals and enjoy unique Moroccan traditions.

Additionally, my son and I were able to experience authentic Moroccan traditions and interact with locals in a deeper way than we could have if traveling on our own. Meeting a nomadic Amazigh family, dancing to traditional Gnaoua music, and learning how to make authentic Moroccan tagine — these experiences are what gave us insight to the enchanting country of Morocco.

Family-style meal in the Atlas Mountains

Family-style meal in the Atlas Mountains (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Experience Morocco with other families.

Travel isn’t just about the destination…it’s about the people with whom you share the journey, too! The vibrancy of Morocco was magnified by the connections we made with our tour group, all of whom Leo and I now consider friends. We traveled with children as young as 7 (the youngest age recommended by Nat Geo and G Adventures) as well as tweens and teens. This mix of ages made activities and meals so much more interesting for all. The children had playmates for pool time and bus travel. Meanwhile, parents connected with each other over meals and while the kids played together.

National Geographic Family Journeys/G Adventures Guide Abdul and kids in Morocco

Our amazing guide, Abdul, and some of our tour group’s kids (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Learn about Morocco from experts.

Our charismatic and knowledgeable guides, Abdul and Mohammed, went above and beyond to ensure everyone in our group was taken care of, informed, and entertained. They provided us with healthy treats during our comfortable air-conditioned bus ride like almonds, walnuts, raisins and tangerines. And, although neither of them drink, they happily provided our group’s grown-ups with alcoholic beverages if desired, even in hotels or small towns where alcohol is not sold.

Morocco was incredible, but it was made that much more meaningful by lessons learned during our National Geographic and G Adventures tour. Also, as dads themselves, it was clear our guides truly enjoyed spending time with children as well as adults. Leo and I appreciate the warmth of the Moroccan people more thanks to our guides.

Camel shadows in the Saharan Desert

Camel shadows in the Saharan Desert (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Book your Moroccan family vacation

Ready to explore this fascinating country? Book this guided Moroccan family vacation with National Geographic Family Journeys and G Adventures now!  You can also take a look at their other Morocco trips.

Kids dining together on our National Geographic Family Journeys and G Adventures tour

Kids dining together on our National Geographic Family Journeys and G Adventures tour (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Explore more of the Middle East

If you liked this story, then I bet you’ll enjoy exploring additional countries in the fascinating Middle East region. Check out 15 things to do in Israel and these tips for visiting Jordan.

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A Note from The Travel Mama: National Geographic and G Adventures hosted my son and me for the purpose of this story. I did not receive any monetary compensation related to this blog post. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments
  1. What an amazing journey! I want to go sooooo bad!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I would love to go back someday to experience more of this amazing country! Fez, Cassablanca, Tangiers and all the little villages in between!

  2. Cristina Petrini says

    I really like your blog post not only because it talks about travel and above all about a place that I would like to visit, but above all it talks about how, visiting distant and exotic places is not impossible despite what you believe or many parents believe!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Cristina – Thank you for your kind words! The more I travel, the more I realize how people are more similar than we are different all around the world. This trip in particular really was a stereotype-buster for me!

  3. Jessica Collazo says

    I am so fascinated by Morocco. My grandpa used to travel there. I’ve never travel there before but that place looks so historically enchanting. Your kids had the best experience they will cherish this for the rest of the lives. I mean, I’m an adult and I am so desperate to go on a camel ride.

  4. Morocco looks like an amazing place. I love all the color and life in the area. I think my family would love to take a trip there.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Morocco places such a high value on family that you and your children would be most welcomed! I hope you can visit there someday when it’s safe to travel internationally again!

  5. Jody Robbins says

    I’ve always wanted to stay in a Riad and I’ve heard they’re super affordable. Morocco is definitely on our bucket list!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I’d wanted to Morocco ever since I lived in Southern France for a year during college and it seemed so close yet so far away! I was really blown away by the hospitality there and how much I really fell in love with this country.

  6. GiGi Eats says

    Morocco is SUPER HIGH on my bucket list for travel. I cannot wait until the travel bans are lifted so we can GET TO TRAVELING again!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hear you! I so look forward to traveling internationally again someday when it’s safe to do so again!

  7. So many unique things to do in Morocco. Would love to visit one day.

  8. Marie Phillips says

    I can’t even imagine taking my kids to Morocco, but they would love everything you featured here!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope you will imagine it, Marie! Morocco really in much less intimidating than you might imagine!

  9. Sara | mshealthesteem.com says

    This looks like such a wonderful adventure! I’m really glad you and your family got to enjoy such an incredible time together :). Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Such an incredible destination for a mom-son trip! I’m so thankful we got a chance to explore this beautiful country together.

  10. Morocco is an awesome country. I visited 8 years ago but haven’t taken the kids yet.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope you can bring your kids to Morocco someday — seriously one of the most welcoming countries when it comes to children that I have experienced.

  11. Elizabeth O says

    Morocco is such a wondrous place to visit. It seems like you had a great experience there. Love seeing your photos, it makes me wanted to visit that place.

  12. Emman Damian says

    Morocco is one of the countries that I want to visit. I want to see the dessert and also go to the spice market.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I bought some spices in Morocco that I need to make use of soon. I’m missing Moroccan cuisine!

  13. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    Nnnniiiiccceeeeee…..I would love to have a hot cuppa tea in the desert and spend a night there, too.

  14. It’s nice to find a market that sells so many things. I’d love to see floral washer lids in person (and the market too!).

  15. I love that your kids are enjoying themselves so much throughout the trip! Morocco is in our travel bucket list and we would love to explore the country. Part of my family has even been traced back to the region, so I would love to learn more about our family history.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It’s always so exciting to visit a place from your heritage! I loved visiting Finland (where three of my grandparents were born) and tasting familiar foods and seeing my granparents’ first names on storefronts and statues (Eino and Aune). I also loved visiting Ireland, which is also part of my family heritage — everyone there seemed very pleased that my first name is Colleen (which means “girl” in Irish)!

  16. The Joyous Living says

    look at all those cute animals. i would love to ride a donkey or camel in the sahara desert. all the rose water products in the shop though — so many!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I bought so many great products in that little shop! The one thing I didn’t get? Rosewater. And I so regret that! It’s supposed to be good for dry eyes and dry skin. Sigh.

  17. Monidipa says

    I have heard Morocco is really good, beautiful but it is way hot But still I would want to travel there.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      The weather in Morocco was actually beautiful when we visited in February. In fact, it was pretty chilly in the Atlas Mountains! It really depends on when you go and where you travel within the country.

  18. Knycx Journeying says

    Oh wow, the country is on my bucket list and I can’t wait to go there! That’s wonderful that your family gets to enjoy the country together about food, culture and all! Thanks for the inspiring post – Knycx Journeying

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope your Moroccan travel wishes come true someday and that your family loves Morocco as much as we did!

  19. Autumn Murray says

    Morocco is on my dream travel list. I have always wanted to go, but even more so after watching and AB FAB episode when Patsy and Edina traveled there. LOL

  20. Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom says

    I’ve never been to Morocco before. It looks like your kids had an amazing time! I love all of the pictures you shared!

  21. I’ve never been to Morocco before. And looks such amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Morocco is on my bucket list for long LONG time. I hope to visit it one day. It’s such a beautiful place. Thank you for this virtual tour and guide. Lovely pictures and I really enjoyed reading this.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Natalie – Thanks so much for your kind words. Morocco truly is worthy of your bucket list designation. I hope you can visit this beautiful country someday!

  23. Wow, I love the colors of Morocco, so bright and welcoming. It looks like you had an amazing international experience. Love all the pictures to inspire me to visit too. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Jody A Robbins says

    Morocco has always ben on my bucket list, but I wasn’t sure what it would be like for kids. It looks fantastic though. I’d love all those fresh juices and salads.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It’s a really fabulous destination for families, but it’s a destination that’s probably best explored with a tour unless you’ll be staying in a big city like Marrakech the whole time.

  25. Jennifer Brommer says

    Being from a small town in Minnesota, this is literally a DREAM vacation! Your photos highlight the many amazing things to do here. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  26. Deborah Patterson says

    Morocco is so high on my list of places to go! This is a great list of things to do with the kids.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Deborah – I hope you can visit Morocco someday and that you love this country as much as my son and I did!

  27. Harmony, Momma To Go says

    I really want to go to Morocco – and do EVERYTHING on this list! Right before the pandemic, I was at a TA training and got to learn more about G Adventures and Nat Geo’s offerings. I would love to do one of their trips!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      This collaboration is a very interesting one. The combo tours are G Adventure’s highest end offerings and Nat Geo’s lowest end offerings.

  28. Astrid Vinje says

    Oh my gosh, what an epic post! I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco. I just love the food, and would love to try their famous mint tea! Being a Muslim, I always enjoy visiting Muslim countries and seeing how Islam is interpreted in different cultures. And of course, I would want to watch, and maybe even try, some of the belly dancing. Such a fun post!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Thank you for your kind words, Astrid! So glad you liked my Morocco tips. I hope you are able to visit Morocco someday when it is safe to travel again! ❤️

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