MAD: Moroccan dirham
Marrakech is bustling, vibrant and lively, embodying all that Morocco has to offer. This dynamic city is alive with street markets, lush green gardens and all-night parties. A historic city with a contemporary edge, Marrakech has evolved from age-old traditions to become a popular tourist destination for holidaymakers from across the globe. With narrow alleyways and winding market lanes, walking through Marrakech feels like taking a step back in time. Marrakech has regal palaces, scenic mansions and a rich heritage that is reflected in attractions like the Saadian Tombs and the Koutoubia Mosque. You can learn more about Marrakech and Morocco at one of the city’s many museums.
Marrakech is known as the ‘Red City’ thanks to its blush-hued walls, which are constructed of tabia, a mix of red mud and water originating for the Hazou plains. In the evening the walls display gently glimmering lights and shadows, setting the scene for romantic evenings. If you’re holidaying with your family, you can head to one of the local restaurants or bars for a fun and sociable evening. Whether you’re holidaying with your family, a group of friends or your partner, Marrakech has everything you could want in a cultural holiday destination for 2021.
Your guide to Marrakech holidays
Morocco’s ‘Red City’ has a dazzling selection of attractions ranging from the historic to the modern. Marrakech has is naturally divided into two areas, with the historical medina on one hand and the contemporary district of Gueliz on the other. Morocco is home to Africa’s largest square, the Jemaa El-Fna, which serves as a spiritual heart of the city and remains one of the most popular attractions in Marrakech. The square is always alive with the scent of spices and the bustle of people, while at the local market stalls you’ll find traditional clothing, high quality carpets and a variety of fresh and dried fruits. At night, Jemaa El-Fna hosts a number of wonderfully aromatic Moroccan food stands that all vie for your attention. Cold weather may be the last thing on your mind when you step foot in scorching Marrakech but the snow-topped Atlas Mountains are actually within easy reach, as is the sun-drenched Sahara Desert.
While Marrakech has most attractions in abundance, due to its inland location the one thing it doesn’t have is a beach. Luckily, many hotels and resorts here have seen to it that you won’t go short if you’re looking for a place to have a swim or lounge in the sun. Many of the hotels have lovely swimming pools, providing a welcome break from the heat of the city. With so many cultural attractions and a rich heritage to learn more about, for many people Marrakech’s lack of beaches is not a problem. Some of the hotels with wonderful pools include Le Medina Essaouira Hotel Thalassa Sea and Spa, the Tasguayan Maison de Charme, Riad Malaika and the Mada Mogador. You’ll also find beaches at the Riad Mimouna, Villa Garance, Residence Louzani and the Atlas Essaouira and Spa.
With the nearest beaches around three hours away at Essaouira, travelling to the beach isn’t really an opportunity unless you intend to travel very early in the morning or go for a few days. But Marrakech has a multitude of picturesque palaces and breath-taking gardens to explore, so you’re never far from a relaxing day in beautiful surroundings - even without a beach nearby.
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Prices last checked at 2:39 PM January 22, 2021