Second honeymoons are becoming increasingly common, particularly after Wills and Kate jetted to a secluded Canadian island for theirs. But when it comes to planning your second honeymoon do you choose a city break or a beach holiday? As a Fab after Fifty reader you’ll be looking for an adventurous city break, or a relaxing beach holiday with a twist. Morocco’s diverse resorts provide both; Coastal resorts such as Agadir combine beautiful beaches and palm tree lined promenades with Morocco’s ancient traditions, whilst inland cities like Marrakech immerse visitors in its culture with bustling markets and hypnotising snake charmers.
Morocco is a mixture of ancient traditions embracing modern living, where culture hungry sightseers can experience its magic. Both Marrakech and Agadir are popular destinations, but which would you choose – city or beach? Let our guide help you decide.
Be Charmed by Marrakech
A walk through Marrakech quickly awakens your senses. The distinctive Moroccan scents of ginger and paprika pass through the city, originating from the stalls in the busy Jemaa El Fna square. Here you will be enchanted by snake charmers, acrobats and belly dancers as they vie for the attention of passers-by. Enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the romantic rooftop restaurants, or stay for a traditional Moroccan dish.
A short walk from Jemaa El Fna and you will find the famous souks of Marrakech, a must-see in this vibrant city. Away from the main market streets you will discover authentic souks where you can put your haggling skills to the test as you barter the price of a traditional Moroccan carpet or lantern.
Escape the crowds of the medina for a quiet moment together at one of the many tranquil gardens. Marrakech was once known as the ‘Garden City’, owing to the huge gardens dotted around the city. The Jardin Majorelle was created by artist Jacques Majorelle and later taken over by designer Yves Saint Laurent, the bright blue buildings and towering cacti creates an oasis-like escape.
Don’t miss – Find a quiet spot on a roof-top terrace around the Jemaa El Fna and take in the stunning views across Marrakech with a refreshing drink.
Getting there – With guaranteed sunshine and less crowds, spring is the perfect time for your Marrakech holiday.
Where to stay – The five star Albatros Garden Hotel includes complimentary facilities including a Turkish bath, fitness centre and two swimming pools, perfect to return to after trawling the souks.
A Beach Holiday with a Twist
Life in Agadir revolves around its golden beaches. Promenades lined with palm trees stretch the length of the bay, creating a haven for beach lovers. This purpose built resort is a popular choice for those in search of a beach holiday with a twist.
The sandy Agadir beach is dotted with sun loungers and parasols, and the nearby restaurants and cafes are perfect for lazy days. Couples will enjoy the quiet beaches and quaint alfresco cafes. Taghazout beach in the north of Agadir stretches for 8km. Its impressive waves have made it a favourite with surfers, who travel from all over the world to experience the Moroccan surf.
Beyond the sandy shores and beach-front hotels there’s plenty to be seen. The Souk Al Had is a traditional market, similar to those found in Marrakech, where visitors can pick up traditional jewellery, handbags and Moroccan spices and oils. Off the Avenue Hassan, you’ll find the Musée Municipal du Patrimoine Amazigh, which celebrates the Berber tribe’s culture and heritage.
Don’t miss – Pamper yourself at the Le Musee de L’Argan, traditional hammam treatments, where coules can enjoy massages and facials.
Getting there – With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Agadir is the ideal year-round destination for beach holidays.
Where to stay – Located close to the beach and town centre, the Hotel Beach Albatros Agadir is a perfect holiday base. Relax around one of the hotel’s two swimming pools, enjoy a romantic meal in their Moroccan restaurants or challenge each other to a game of tennis on the complimentary courts.