Holidays in Marrakech
Old meets new in the lively city of Marrakech, full of rich sights, sounds and smells to leave you with a magical experience. Home to more than 10 century-old markets, full of quirky characters, stunning gardens and many hidden treasures – there’s never a dull moment in the hot sunshine of Marrakech.
Autumn’s the best of both worlds – the temperature is more comfortable and there’s still plenty of sun.
Marrakech airport, 7km south west of the resort.
Jump in to the hustle and bustle of the traditional souks, visit the amazing museums and galleries and chill out in the lush gardens. Circle the stunning Koutoubia Mosque with its four copper globes and traditional designs. Spend your days teeing off at one of three golf courses, then in the evenings, head to one of the bustling night markets. But if you’re looking for a totally different African experience, escape to a ski resort in the Atlas Mountains – just a one hour drive away in Oukaimeden.
Known as the heartbeat of the city, Jemaa el Fna is the place to go in Marrakech for an authentic Moroccan experience. By day, explore the winding maze of souks and see what you can find in the narrow streets and alleys of the medina quarter – the old city of ramparts dating back to the 12th-century. You may even discover a handy food stall selling tasty grilled meats along the way. Then at night, watch the square transform as it is taken over by storytellers, magicians and dancers.
Escape the vibrant city and find your ‘zen’ in one of the best places near Marrakech - the Menara Gardens. Feel at peace with a walk past the reflecting pool, surrounded by 30,000 green olive trees and the soaring Atlas Mountains behind. Popular with both the locals and tourists, the gardens are a great place to visit for a picnic. Enjoy the peace and quiet of one of the most serene sites in the city.
For shopping, head to the traditional souks of Marrakech. Take on the Moroccan art of shopping and learn how to haggle with the locals in some of the best places in the city. Sift through the different markets from Monday to Saturday, and get your hands on everything from traditional Moroccan clothing to unique spices and precious Berban necklaces and bracelets. Spend your dirhams on authentic leather bags and handmade accessories. Head to the Centre Artisanal for everything from kaftans to carpets, the perfect souvenirs to take home.
Best for adventurers: Dive in to the vibrant city life by exploring the lively square and narrow alleys by day and night.
Best for scenery lovers: Fall in love with Marrakech’s natural beauty, from the breath-taking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains to the city’s bustling centre.
Best for foodies: Visit the spice markets and local food stalls.
Language: The language spoken in Marrakech is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in Marrakech is the Moroccan Dirham (Dh)
Local time: Marrakech is the same time zone as GMT/UK time
Fly to: Marrakech airport, 7km south west of the resort
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3 hours 20 minutes
Tourist information: Further Marrakech tourist information can be found at www.visitmorocco.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for advice on visas and your health for your holiday to Marrakech.
Temperature: Mid 20s (°C) in spring, to mid to high 30s in the summer.
Best time to visit: Autumn’s the best of both worlds – the temperature is more comfortable and there’s still plenty of sun.
Marrakech benefits from great temperatures all-year-round. Spring is warm but pleasant while summer is hotter - head to the coast for the day to enjoy the cooling sea breeze.
By bus: There are plenty of buses to take you to the north west of the old city - running from early morning till late at night.
By taxi: Hail a beige taxi almost anywhere in the city and round up to the nearest dirham or two when you reach your destination.
By horse-drawn carriage: Ride around the medina on a caliche (horse-drawn carriage) - check the fixed hourly rates painted on the side of the carriage or agree on a price beforehand on shorter trips.
For arts lovers: Watch the streets of Marrakech come alive for the National Festival of Popular Arts with traditional Berber music, folk dancing and street performers in July.
For film buffs: Enjoy the week-long Marrakech International Film Festival for a spectacular showcase of world cinema.