About a three hour flight from the UK, lies this fascinating amalgamation of culture, café and souks. Guarded by the majestic High Atlas Mountain, Marrakech is a pleasant mix of the old and the new, making it one of the most sought after tourist spots in Morocco. Historical and atmospheric riads, and magnificent mansions and mosques depict the destination’s gorgeous past. Striking a rich stunning contrast to these age-old treasures are many hip cafes with free Wi-Fi, swanky clubs and hotels, and an eclectic range of restaurants. Furthermore, boisterous friendly locals and an easy connectivity from all the key airports in the UK make Marrakech a perfect holiday destination.
Scroll down to check out a few interesting experiences that you may expect from a Marrakech holiday!
Stay in a Riad
Marrakech is home to numerous beautiful traditional palaces and houses built around gardens. Such establishments are called Riads in the local parlance and many of these have been converted into luxury hotels. Staying at any of these regal properties is a great way to live like royalty, while discovering the city’s grand history. One of the most stylish of such retreats is The Palais Namaskar, located in the deserted Palmeraie region on the way from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains. Mamounia Palace is another such place, where history meets lavishness. El Badi Palace and El Fenn are other popular choices for an authentic Riad experience in Marrakech.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque
In the Medina where no building is taller than a palm tree, Koutoubia Mosque certainly stands out with its soaring height of 77 metres and exotic architectural beauty. Take a walk around the monument to admire its artistic grandeur and at the same time, peep into interesting local life. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the joyous chaos all around here. Not too far from the mosque is the food market of Djemaa-El-Fna, the main square of Marrakech, which is full of food & fruit stalls, snake-charmers, magicians, and story-tellers.
Shop in Souks
Now, this is something that you simply can’t afford to miss on a Marrakech holiday. Visit the city’s historical souks and rejuvenate yourself with some exotic retail therapy. Buy souvenirs from the bamboo-covered stalls, savour the delicious Moroccan dishes, wander around the little alleys, and listen to the interesting story-tellers – there are delights tucked away in every corner.
Take a Calèche Ride to the Menara Gardens
Going on a Calèche Ride to the Menara Gardens is a pleasurable excursion. Hire your vehicle from the Djemaa-El-Fnaa. Bargain and settle on the price beforehand. The Menara Garden, located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountain, is a great place to unwind at, far away from the chaotic city centre. There is an artificial lake here surrounded by fruit orchids, where you can enjoy many moments of rest and relaxation.