Marrakech Holidays 2014

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Meet Marrakech

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As the Red City of Morocco, Marrakech is a destination that brings colour and life into any holiday. With the aromatic scent of spice filling the air, scenes of labyrinthine souks ready to be explored and stunning, verdant gardens that complete the city’s appeal, Marrakech holidays are sure to bring the touch of magic to your getaway that you deserve.

Framed by the Atlas Mountains and close to Morocco’s western coastline, this dynamic city provides beauty in abundance, as well as cultural thrills and plenty of history. This stunningly formed city is the place to be for a holiday to remember.

A Magical Paradise

Marrakech has something to offer all types of travellers, from experienced jetsetters to city break novices. If you’re looking to stay in the hustle and bustle of the city, then you’ll want to be close to Jemaa el-Fna, Africa’s biggest square that is packed full with the most popular of stalls, the relaxing sounds of snake charmers and even the odd donkey and cart. Known to be at least ten times busier that Piccadilly Circus, Jemaa el-Fna is where the party’s at.

For something a little quieter, consider Gueliz. As the modern side of Marrakech you’ll be able to enjoy the city’s upmarket shops and restaurants, as well as Place de la Liberté, a beautiful fountain. If exploring the city’s history is why you’ve visited, then there’s nowhere better for you to stay than around the Medina, Marrakech’s old town.

Meander Through Marrakech

Ideal for a romantic break with a difference or a family holiday to treat all the senses, it’s really easy to get the very best out of Marrakech. For those who love to complete their getaway with a well-deserved dose of sunshine, visit Marrakech in summer. As a North African destination, you’ll be greeted with temperatures as high as the mid-30s and brilliant, blue skies. If, on the other hand, you’re a backpacker looking to experience Marrakech as a local, you’ll find that the temperatures throughout the whole year rarely drop below 20C – perfect for some light exploring without the crowds!

Once you’ve had your fair share of pottering around the many souks and charming the local snakes, treat yourself to an authentic Moroccan dish at one of the many restaurants. With a range of spicy dishes to suit every palate, you can set your taste buds alight before heading to the Medina for a session of belly dancing. If it’s livelier bars and clubs you’re after however, head towards the city’s outskirts where you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy. With all this on offer, it won’t take you long to understand why holidays in Marrakech are so popular.

Marrakech at its Best

After your bags are heavier from haggling in the local souks you can start exploring the many other attractions that Marrakech boasts. If you visit between late November and early December, you might be lucky enough to catch some of Hollywood’s favourite stars at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Alternatively, discover the city’s cultural side and enjoy a visit to the local palaces, mosques and museums. From the stunning Bahia Palace set amongst beautiful gardens to the Koutoubia Mosque and Tombs of the Seven Saints, there are enough cultural attractions in this city to attract all levels of culture vultures.

Finish off your days at one of the many museums, including the fascinating Marrakech Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art, to really learn about this fascinating city’s history. With all this to discover, as well as its abundance of friendly locals, beautiful gardens and charismatic charm, it won’t be long before you’ll be booking your next Marrakech holiday!

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Arabic, French (English widely spoken)
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Marrakech
Flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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More on Marrakech

Marrakech, sometimes known as Marrakesh, is a town built for exploring. Split into the older Medina and the more modern Gueliz – or 'new town', the Red city has an abundance of historic attractions to offer the discerning traveller.

The Medina provides cultural thrills, whilst around the outskirts of the city guests will find a beautiful backdrop to relax in.

By Day

The Jeema El Fna is the cultural heartbeat of Marrakech and is a must see when visiting the city. Explore the open-air market and its fascinating stalls where an exciting myriad of musicians, local artists and fantastic food awaits.

Elsewhere guests can escape from it all and experience one of the world’s finest spa cultures. Try an authentic Hamamm or head to a luxurious local spa for complete relaxation.

By Night

Marrakech is a city that comes to life at night, with the city’s medina an inviting cocktail of sumptuous food, exciting nightlife and vibrant atmosphere.

Head to the old medina district at night, where a mix of bars, restaurants and food stalls effortlessly cook up some of North Africa’s finest food and drink. Enjoy sipping mint tea, sampling authentic Moroccan food and watching a North African sunset.

Attractions

Part of Marrakech’s appeal is the city’s wondrous history and culture. The Jardin Majorelle is a slice of paradise in the city, with a fantastic walled garden that is perfect for both couples and groups.

Away from the city’s cultural highlights is a developing adventure sport industry. Head out to the Atlas Mountains which is around a 45 minute drive, and try your hand at kayaking, desert driving or even camel riding.