Citybreaks and holidays to Marrakech

Holidays to Marrakech

Marrakesh is a Mecca of colourful bazaars, festivals and iconic sites, with a fine selection of enchanting luxury hotels also part of its enviable list of attractions. To wander through the busy streets – passing gorgeous buildings, snake charmers, incense sellers and spice markets – is an experience in itself. Put on your ‘must see list’ the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the pristine mosaic tiles and courtyard of Bahia Palace, Ali ben Youssef Quranic School (with its impossibly decorative facades and columns) and the famous Djemaa el-Fna, once a public square used for gruesome executions though now a welcoming centre of ad-hoc performances, the telling of ancient tales and babble of bartering traders. On top of all this, the ancient cities of Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou can be visited on a day trip through the surrounding Atlas Mountains, or just relish some time out in the orchards of El Badi Palace and Menara Botanical Gardens. Throw yourself into the deep end or take a moment to relax, as you marvel your way through the one and only Marrakesh.

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Marrakech Travel Information

There are regular daily flights from UK airports to Marrakech.

  • Currency: Moroccan dirham 
  • Time difference: None – same as the UK 
  • Flight from UK: Around 3 hours 30 minutes 
  • Visa: None for British citizens 
  • Language: Arabic 
  • Regional drink: Mint tea sweetened with sugar 
  • Regional dish: Street food from one of the markets

Travel Tips & Advice for Marrakech

Marrakech Activities

The heart of Marrakech is the bustling, buzzing and chaotic Jemaa el Fna, the large central square in the centre of the medina – in the late afternoon be entertained by snake charmers, jugglers, henna tattoo artists and musical performances. Other unmissible experiences are staying in a riad, a traditional home converted into a hotel, spending your dirhams on spices and kaftans in the souks and walking round the 12th century city walls. For a unique view of the city splurge on an early morning hot air balloon ride for a bird’s eye view of the ‘Red City’.

Marrakech Food & Drink

As with the rest of the country, traditional Moroccan cuisine is easily found in the street stalls, restaurants and cafes of Marrakech – tagine, freshly baked khobz (bread) and harira, a tomato soup are ‘must eats’. The more adventurous eaters may want to try unusual delicacies like snails cooked in broth or sheep's head, both found in the Jemaa el Fna night market. And to quench your thirst? Freshly squeezed orange juice and refreshing sweet mint tea are found everywhere – best sipped from a rooftop terrace.

Marrakech Attractions

For moments of tranquillity awake from Marrakech’s bustling medina head to Jardin Majorelle, designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and later restored by Yves Saint Laurent. Discover the history, religion and culture of the city with visits to Badii Palace, the exterior of the Koutoubia Mosque with its 12th century minaret (the mosque’s interior is only open to Muslims) and the Saddian tombs – located just outside of the city these are the final resting place for members of the Saadi dynasty.

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