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Flicking through the Easyjet mag on our flight to Berlin, Dan came across a cheap deal for Morocco. Stay 7 nights pay for 5 and kids eat for free ... why not! Our travel weary feet needed a break, and a bit of resort style living would fit the bill. Flights booked, accommodation booked, credit card frozen (mine) due to suspicious transactions ... too many overseas entries despite it being an o/s card ... priceless.

The travel manager from our team had overlooked the fact that it was Ramadan, but this surprisingly had very little impact on our stay, even though at least 80% of the staff (at a guess) would have been fasting. From the guests' perspective, alcohol was still available with meals ... it was only curtailed as a stand alone activity. On this point, a nice German woman we met who worked at the resort said that many Moroccans were not strictly practising Muslims, and whilst observing Ramadan, would otherwise not be devout followers of Islam. A moderate country indeed ...

Our trip consisted of a train ride from Switzerland; a four hour stopover in Milan (where we could not leave our suitcases at the Station due to a scopero (strike), so this somewhat limited our sight seeing of Milan); and a 3 hour Royal Air Maroc flight. In Milan we did manage to see the stunning Duomo and the equally impressive Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. From Milan centrale out to Malpensa by bus (trains also on scopero), and then we entrusted ourselves to the 112th ranked airline in the world! Suffice to say we got there in one piece, but the clapping upon landing from the predominantly Moroccan passengers did little to increase our confidence levels in the national carrier!

Lighting Candles in Milan


Accommodation - Mazagan Beach Resort

This resort is only three years old and includes a golf course, wellness centre, two pools, casino, and its own section of private beach (7km). Compared to the surrounding areas the resort is very green and water appears to be in abundance. I am not sure where they source their water from and the use of it does seem excessive when the surrounding areas are so dry. When you are in the resort you are a bit removed from reality. A trip to Casablanca for Dan and I was an eye opener. Many of the areas are extremely poor and children work the fields and donkeys and timber carts are still in operation. However there are pockets of wealth as well including lots of new construction harbour-side and a massive shopping centre the equivalent of a Westfield. We had been warned by our friend Leonie that Casablanca was not much of a city and this proved correct.

The Resort


Casablanca Town


Casablanca Beach


A subsequent trip by Dan to El Jadida gave a much better taste of Moroccan life in a good-sized town. Thriving market; old Portuguese town; bustling port; and many, many locals playing scratch games of fudball.

El Jadida


As mentioned previously it was Ramadan, so many of the staff were only allowed to eat and drink between sunset and sunrise. I felt sorry for them as the resort guests were filling their plates like pigs at the trough at the all-you-could-eat Market Buffet. Despite the guilt I felt at the excess of the resort, it was a fantastic week and the kids especially loved it. Highlights :

A camel ride along the beach in the late afternoon was a huge success and something we all loved, despite the kids initial fear and high pitched screams as they rose up in the air and snapped their teeth (camels not kids).

Camel Ride



The coast line was stunning and it was lovely to have a wide uninhabited stretch - morning swims, and afternoon walks/runs were delightful.

A trip to the spa for Dan and I for a bit of off-road pampering.

Chatting to some of the other guests and the kids making new friends at the pool and the kids club.

The Pool and Beach Bar




Watching the big ball of orange sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Surf and Sunset




Improving our non-existent French. Despite it being a beautiful, world class resort, most of the staff spoke Arabic, French, and only a smattering of English. Google Translate again was a saviour.

Casino visit for Dan which was meant to pay for the trip, but ended up putting some Moroccan dirhams into the resort coffers. National laws state that there can only be one casino in a 100km radius ... pity it ended up at Mazagan!

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