One of the first sights you will see as you enter Marrakech, is the Koutoubia Mosque, with its 230 foot high minaret, dating back to the 12th century.
Djemâa el-Fna, the central square, is best seen in the evening when it’s overflowing with food stalls, cooking stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, snake charmers, musicians and henna artists. It is an assault on the senses, from aromatic smells, colourful sights and an abundance of sound.
The souks have a variety of goods for sale and bargaining is expected. Crisscrossing alleyways are overflowing with goods, from exquisite lanterns to beautiful tea sets, pointed shoes in the softest leather, as well as everyday wear. Little squares where the alleyways join usually have a cafe, great for taking a break from your shopping spree. It is easy to lose track of time as you wander through the little alleys.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes, offering a range of food and a range of tagine dishes, meat and vegetarian, quite a few including fruit, all delicious!
Try a traditional hamman, a steam bath followed by an exfoliating massage, after a day’s sightseeing. You will float out, feeling totally relaxed.
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Marrakech
If you are planning a Marrakech holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Aquarelle Riad Marrakech
The Aquarelle Riad has a traditional tiled courtyard surrounded by rooms, which are clean and tastefully decorated.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Marrakech Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Marrakech.