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Plan an exotic adventure and visit a colourful city where old meets new. Marrakech holidays are divided into the Medina (old town) and Guéliz (new town). You can discover the thousand-year history of the Red City in the main square of the hectic Jemaa el-Fna and make you way through the winding souks.
And when the sun goes down there’s a buzzling nightlife scene to enjoy, too. Love being outdoors? It’s is just a short distance from the stunning Atlas Mountains, where you can go trekking during the summer and skiing in the winter. With so much to explore, there’s never a dull moment when you choose holidays to Marrakech. With warm sunshine throughout the seasons, it makes a glorious year-round destination.
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On holidays to Marrakech, you won’t want to miss the hustle and bustle of the traditional souks (or markets) and explore every inch of Medina. If you want to escape the noise for an hour, then you’ll find plenty of peace and quiet in the stunning Menara Gardens. If you’re looking for something completely different during the winter months, head out to a ski resort in the Atlas Mountains. Oukaimeden is only an hour’s drive from here, and offers a great selection of slopes for beginners through to some seriously challenging black runs.
What do I need to pack?
For anyone taking Marrakech holidays, sunscreen is an absolute must. When it comes to clothing, think light and airy by day and something a little warmer for the evenings. As the ‘Red City’ is relatively conservative, there are a few observations you should make. For women, it’s important to keep your shoulders and legs covered, so leave the strappy tops and tiny shorts at home. Instead, think t-shirts or light shirts and dresses, skirts and shorts that go below the knees. While headscarves aren’t required in public, you’ll need to wear one as a sign of respect if you’re visiting any sites of religious interest.
Because of the heat, comfortable shoes can be important, and you might want to protect your feet from the dust, so ‘closed’ footwear is a good idea. Sun hats are essential for the little ones.
If you’re taking gadgets with you on your holiday to Marrakech, be sure to take an adaptor plug and a portable power-bank.
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A beautiful island located just off the southern coast of Tunisia, Djerba is a jewel in the Mediterranean. It’s renowned for its picturesque coast, with white sand beaches fringed with swaying palm trees and clear, warm waters; so idyllic, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere in the Caribbean. Its cities bustle with souks and museums, providing a fascinating insight into the island’s rich heritage, and the hot desert is the place to head to for an exciting adventure beyond the sun loungers. Djerba holidays offer the perfect balance of fun and relaxation, meaning there’s no doubt you’ll want to return again and again.
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For the best beaches, head to the north of the island, where you’ll find powdery white sand lined with lush green palm trees. The water is beautiful here; crystal clear and warm. It’s perfect for paddling among the waves or trying your hand at a thrilling new water sport. Scuba diving excursions are popular here too. Head away from the beaches and experience a change of pace in the desert or in the island’s big cities. Houmt Souk is the island’s capital, where you can experience traditional bazaars and local museums, giving you a taste of the country’s rich heritage. The desert is the pace to head for an exciting adventure, either by 4x4 or buggy, and the exciting Djerba Explore is a great day out for the whole family.
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Over 500 years old and once a small, fishing village, this sunny destination has everything you need for a fantastic break. Holidays to Hammamet are sun-splashed and relaxing. Known as ‘the garden resort’ the town itself is wreathed in orange, lemon, and olive trees, which seem to be growing on every street! When the morning sun heats the fruit up on the trees, the smell is amazing.
For those who want to top up their tans, you’ll find its coast is almost one sweep of white sand. Lapped by clear, blue waters and perfumed by the citrus groves that back them, the beaches are expansive and quiet; perfect for families and couples looking to enjoy some quality downtime together without the usual crowds.
While you might think that this stunning part of North Africa might be beyond your budget, holidays here are proof that you don’t need a rock-star’s pay-packet to be able to enjoy a slice of paradise.
Things to do
Holidays to Hammamet put you in the heart of an historic town, which is littered with remnants of its past and rich in atmosphere. The beaches are stunning stretches of white sands lapped by blue waters; perfect for anyone wanting to unwind and soak up the sun.
Despite a thriving tourist trade, this isn’t a noisy town and you won’t find much in the way of thumping nightclubs or crowded bars. Instead, there are some excellent restaurants in which to enjoy the exciting Tunisian cuisine and a few ambient, beachside bars in which to enjoy a drink and watch the sun set over the horizon.
However, if you want to get out and immerse yourself in the region’s culture and history, there’s plenty to see and do, whether you’re travelling with your family or better half.
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Within Hammamet, you can explore the town itself or the resort of Yasmine Hammamet, which is found on the outskirts. They’re both lovely places to visit, home to beautiful beaches, sparkling seas and a unique character of their own. Hammamet was once a small fishing village, and it still has lots of traditional charm with its pretty marina and beautiful, untouched beaches. Yasmine Hammamet is loved by families, as it’s got everything you’d need to keep the little ones entertained. Yasmine Hammamet’s Medina has some fantastic shops, stalls and even an adventure park for the kids.
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