Framed by the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains and desert plains, Marrakech is the most exotic destination within easy reach of the UK. We recommend you begin your Marrakech holidays by plunging straight into the magnificent madness of the famous Djemaa el-Fna square as the sun sets. In the shadow of the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque, at dusk the huge market square feels almost medieval, as soothsayers, apothecaries, musicians, and acrobats entertain the huge crowds of locals and tourists alike, and foodstalls miraculously spring up out of nowhere to sell everything from fresh orange juice to rich tagines.
From there, spend your days meandering through the kasbah, medina and souqs, all of which will leave an indelible imprint on the memory, with brightly coloured carpets hanging from roofs, the smell of spices in the air and the sound of vendors selling their wares. Disappear into this dizzying haze of tangled streets and alleys and its easy to stumble upon an ancient mosque or the ornate door that leads to one of the city's tucked away riads - houses built around secretive courtyards, many of which have been converted into glorious hotels. Beyond the vibrancy of the city, the surroundings of Marrakech cover everything from soothing seawater treatments in thalassotherapy spas to wonderful wellness hotels; afternoons on the green fairways of a gorgeous golf course to epic excursions up the Tichka pass or in the Toubkal National Park.
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For those looking to straddle the line between tourist and traveller, Marrakech is a city full of captivating contrasts. Whether you want to idle away your days in romantic riads or discovering cultural curiosities and off the beaten path adventures, this is a city that has it all. Marrakech holidays give you the chance to live like a local as you share tea with resident carpet sellers, hunt down rare objects and jewelled saffron in the souqs, and succumb to the charm and chaos of the Djemaa el-Fna. Top it all off with some edible pleasures and your love affair with Marrakech will leave you utterly smitten.
What you can find in Marrakech that you won't find elsewhere:
Few places in the world offer a spot where you can’t turn around without bumping into a snake charmer, storyteller or perfumed entrance to a mystical souq. You can travel the far-flung globe and you will never find a place quite like Djemaa el-Fna. Marrakech also has one of the most mind-bending medinas where a thousand pathways lead you to a new mystery at every turn. Beyond the old town, this cultural hub offers the soaring minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque and the wide, sun-drenched boulevards of modern Gueliz. Head further out into the surroundings and the city makes way for the exclusive feel of La Palmeraie - the first of the traditional Berber villages - and the Ourika Valley. Beyond, you'll glimpse the snow-dusted Atlas Mountains, a sight that is bound to leave you slack-jawed and wide-eyed.
Special things to do in Marrakech and its surroundings
While many travellers flock to the souqs and squares, those seeking a slice of paradise in Marrakech and its surroundings will find it while strolling around the magnificent Menara gardens. Bright botanicals, calm waters, and views onto the snow-dusted peaks of the Atlas Mountains come together to create quite the stunning scene; the perfect place for enjoying some peace and serenity, especially in the early morning when the sky is awash with watery colour.
For those looking for a touch of adventure on their Marrakech holiday, head out of the city and into Toubkal National Park for a few days. Avid climbers looking to tick the highest mountain in North Africa off their bucket list can make the multi-day hike up Mount Toubkal, which is no walk in the park, but certainly worth it for the views (and huge sense of achievement).