Discover the world through travel & beyond!

Morocco with Kids – A Unique Journey for the Senses

Travel Mamas sometimes receives compensation and/or hosted travel and sample products related to blog posts. This story may include affiliate links for which we receive a small commission at no extra cost to consumers.

My senses were piqued in Morocco. The sights, smells, sounds and tastes were different and extraordinary—at times even overwhelming in all their newness. My family had come to Morocco looking for a different kind of family vacation, and we weren’t disappointed. There was something for us all in this North African country to marvel at and enjoy. Here’s a look at some highlights of visiting Morocco with kids.

Dar Menebhi Palace Marrakech Museum

Dee with her daughters at the Dar Menebhi Palace Marrakech Museum

Djemaa el Fna Square

This main square in the old medina of Marrakech was alive with exciting sights: snake charmers, women painting henna, wandering colorfully-dressed men selling water from their dangling, musical cups. Decide beforehand if you want your children to get henna tattoos; they will be asked a lot!

pigeon pie in morocco

Moroccan lunch of pigeon pie

We had several tasty meals at the cafes lining the square, and our favorite was actually above us. The rooftop restaurants were a welcome escape from the crowds and the view across the city to the mountains a beautiful backdrop to our pigeon pie and chicken tagine.

We also enjoyed visiting the Marrakech Museum, just off the square. It is a beautiful old palace, the tiles and fountains full of vibrant colors and patterns, and the courtyard was a relaxing place for mint tea.

pouring mint tea in morocco

Pouring mint tea

Shopping in the Souks

The souks are a traditional covered Moroccan market, full of the everyday as well as the bizarre. We gave our daughters each some pocket money and they learned about negotiating prices and choosing carefully. The first treasure spotted at one stall was quickly forgotten as soon as another trinket caught their attention.

Know before you go that the souks are a maze of tiny alleys and it is very easy to get lost. Local guides may offer to show you out for a fee or take you by way of their cousin who’s selling carpets. Though it can be worrisome, it’s all part of the experience and economy in the souks.

palm oasis in skoura, morocco

Palm oasis in Skoura, Morocco

Over the Atlas Mountains

After two days in Marrakech, we left the city behind and traveled over the Atlas Mountains into the heart of Morocco. We hired a guide who drove us and spoke English and became a friend by the end of the journey. The highlight was a thoughtful home-cooked meal at his parents’ home, the men in one room, us women and children in another. The many aunties fussed over my daughters and ensured they learned how to form their couscous into bite-sized balls with their right hand.

The Berber culture was prevalent in the countryside, and I smiled to see the women laughing and tending sheep in the fields, a nearby campfire heating a pot of tea. We stopped at a village guest house for the first of many wonderful meals of cous cous and conversation with the owners. Everyone along the several days journey was friendly and hospitable.

Camel Trekking in the Sahara Desert

One of our favorite experiences was riding camels into the Sahara and camping in Bedouin tents. It did get a little nerve-racking after about two hours, when I realized we were lost, but all was well in the end and a roaring campfire, millions of stars and another flavorful tagine awaited us.

Travel and Travails on Camels in Sahara Desert

Travel and Travails on camels in the Sahara Desert

Taking Unfamiliar Paths

As with all new experiences, there can be some anxiety involved. Morocco pushed our travel limits and guided our family to explore unfamiliar paths. Once we found our landmarks in the medina and learned our way around its winding streets, we felt more comfortable. We had heard stories about being harassed to buy or use a guide, but we found little of that. Know that if you are taking pictures of performers in the square, they expect a tip. Children giving you items also expect a tip. Marrakech has become a popular tourist destination with Europeans and tourism is a large part of the economy. While some of our experiences were stressful, I never felt unsafe, and pushing ourselves to try new things was what it was all about for our family.

I do recommend a private guide if you tour south and into the Sahara. Having someone navigate the roads, translate, and bring their home country alive for us was priceless. I highly recommend the travel guide we used, Journey Beyond Travel. They put together an amazing itinerary in Southern Morocco for our family. This was our first experience using a travel guide and it made for a unique and intimate experience that we will always treasure.

My entire family carried home lasting memories from our experience in Morocco. My 10-year-old’s favorite part:  the food. My husband’s: buying wine in a back alley, speakeasy type establishment in Zagora. Mine: the drive over the Atlas Mountains, through the Berber countryside… and the tagine my husband carried home so I could attempt to duplicate the cooking. As for my six-year-old daughter, she wants to have her entire family go to Morocco again for her tenth birthday to ride camels together. It’s good to have dreams, especially ones involving camels and Bedouin tents in a magical Sahara desert.

Would you visit Morocco with kids? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

Dee Andrews and her family recently returned to Boulder, Colorado after living in Spain for a year. 

  1. Debra @ A Frugal Friend says

    What a memory-making trip! 🙂

  2. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Thank you for writing a guest post for Travel Mamas, Dee! What a wonderful adventure that you and your children got to experience together. I love that line about your youngest daughter dreaming of camels and Bedouin tents in a magical Sahara desert. That certainly is a beautiful dream for a little girl to have!

  3. Thank you for your post. I love the mint tea and camel photos with your cute kids! Morocco has been a dream destination for me for ages and I’d love to bring my daughter to teach her some legit traveling ways. She’s only a one-year old. Would you still recommend a family trip to Morocco/The Sahara with a toddler in tow? Could we put her in a backpack on a camel trek, etc? Thanks for your advice!

  4. My husband and two adult sons wanted a different holiday experience this year and decided to visit Morocco. We’ve lived in Europe and traveled extensively, but none of us knows North Africa. I discovered ( ) online and sent a note explaining what we were looking for. Iddir’s responses to all my emails were thorough and amazingly timely. His recommended itinerary was perfect. We particularly enjoyed the desert camel ride and bivouac under the stars, and visit with a Berber family, really unique experiences we would not have found on our own.

    Our driver Said was the best, always attentive and willing to adjust to our needs. Iddir knows his drivers, tour guides and recommended riads and restaurants well. he is the best travel agent I’ve ever worked with, by far. My family has highest recommendations for Marvelous Morocco Tours!!

  5. I was lucky once to visit Morocco and found the actors of Game of Thrones there

  6. Jenny Eaves - Monkey and Mouse says

    That sounds like an awesome trip! Morocco is high on my list for next year!

    • Colleen Lanin says

      My son and I recently returned from Morocco and LOVED it! I hope you can make your Moroccan travel wishes come true in 2021!


  1. Tweets that mention The Travel Mama's Blogs & Trip Reports - Accommodations, Air Travel, Disney Travel, Road Trips, Trip Reports -- says:

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Colleen Lanin, Colleen Lanin. Colleen Lanin said: New on Travel Mamas: Morocco with Kids- A Unique Journey for the Senses by Guest Blogger @travel_travails #lp […]

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.