Visit Morocco’s largest souk and Africa’s busiest square
Marrakech is one of the world’s most fascinating, sensuous and culturally rich cities – its spellbinding charms are certain to leave a lasting impression on you. A holiday here will grant you glimpses of ancient Morocco, allowing you to lose yourself in the medina’s labyrinthine streets and alleyways, to shop for jewellery, cosmetics, spices, slippers and leather goods in Morocco‘s largest souk. You can watch sorcerers, fire-eaters, snake charmers and musicians in world famous Djemaa el Fna - Marrakech’s central square - which is believed to be the busiest in all Africa. Known as the ‘Red City’ because of the deep red local clay used to build the original houses and walls, Marrakech has existed for over a thousand years. 21st century Marrakech is home to modern luxury hotels, as well as boutique hotels, family hotels in converted riads, and budget accommodation. Marrakech is served by Menara Airport (RAK) which is just 3 miles from the city.
Art, architecture, history and buzzing street culture
A holiday in Marrakech is almost certain to include leisurely exploration of the medina or old city with its wonderful mediaeval architecture. Visitors won’t fail to be impressed by the outstanding mosque at the heart of Marrakech - the Koutoubia Mosque - with its 203ft tall minaret dominating the city’s skyline. Other sites to enjoy include the brightly decorated Saadian tombs which date from 1557, the Mellah, which was once the largest Jewish quarter in Morocco, and the maze-like souk area with its tiny shops and vast community of busy craftsmen. There are several museums in Marrakech including the Dar Si Said Museum, the Marrakech Museum and the Islamic Art Museum at the Majorelle Garden.
Views of the High Atlas beyond the city
Marrakech offers more than a taste of bustling Moroccan city life. Your stay here should include a trip or two into the surrounding landscape to appreciate the stunning, snow-capped mountain range of the High Atlas, just 30 km south of Marrakech. If you are staying in Marrakech for more than a few days, try to visit the peaceful valley of Ourika, a green oasis of streams and waterfalls, where locals go to escape the city heat. From Marrakech it is also easy to visit Essaouira, the beach haven of Agadir, and the historic city of Taroudant.
Marrakech all inclusive holidays
The all inclusive holiday concept has become more common in Moroccan destinations in recent years. Marrakech boasts plenty of eye-catching hotel accommodation, combining good service, modern holiday facilities and traditional architectural styles. This amazingly exotic destination now offers the kind of village-style resort hotels you might expect to find in resorts like Agadir or more established beach resorts in Spain and Portugal. Most of these hotels are located on the city outskirts or in the New City. For a memorable luxury holiday, choose an all inclusive holiday in a Marrakech luxury hotel. Expect to find sumptuous spa facilities, classy restaurants, fantastic pools, exotic gardens and very attractive prices.
Marrakech enjoys sunny weather all-year round, with hot summers and mild winters. With a sub-Saharan climate, the summers can experience very extreme temperatures, with day and night temperatures varying considerably. The city sees distinct seasonal changes, with the average annual temperature being 18C.