The city of Marrakech is an exotic and vibrant mix of cultural influences and ancient traditions and for many represents the very soul of Morocco. Divided into two, the old part of town offers everything you'd expect of a Moroccan city - colourful markets and residents dressed in traditional outfits, whilst the newer Ville Nouvelle district is a hive of chic boutiques, galleries and modern young locals eagerly embracing the future.Read More
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, spills out into a maze of souks where lively characters sell their wares and beckon would-be shoppers into their treasure-filled dens. The square is best seen in the evening when it’s overflowing with food stalls, dancers, henna artists and more. It is an assault on the senses the you can enjoy either by diving head first into it or by heading to one of the rooftops cafes and watching over the rim of your mint tea.
The souks have a variety of goods for sale and haggling 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.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit 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. The rich oranges and reds used to colour this accommodation give the building an authentic feel. This is combined with beautiful decorations including lamps, fountains and beautiful fabrics. This Riad is situated in the old town of Marrakech, right in the heart of the Medina, and is only 15 minutes from the main Marrakech square.
Le Meridien N'fis Marrakech
Le Meridien N'fis is a luxurious and elegant hotel. Rooms are flooded in the middle of luxuriant greenery. The murmur of fountains combined with the beautiful view over the Atlas Mountains give this hotel a special charm. Situated in an area of 5.5 hectares, the hotel overlooks magnificent Andalusian gardens. Enjoying an ideal location in the heart of the Hivernage, the residential district of Marrakech, the hotel is also just minutes from the gardens of Menara and Koutoubia Mosque.
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.