Marrakech - A Fascinating City with so much to see
Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Marrakech holidays are ideal for anyone looking to combine historical charm with modern amenities, the city itself is divided into two parts, a traditional city on one side and a new contemporary district called Gueliz.
With an abundance of rich culture and history to explore, a holiday in Marrakech is ideal for anyone looking for something different from their break.
Unlike many typical purpose built destinations, Marrakech allows you to really discover what makes this city so special.
Marrakech attracts a wide range of visitors from families to young couples looking for a lively break. Visitors to the city can expect to sample a wide range of fantastic cuisines including traditional Moroccan delicacies, the shopping facilities in the city are also ideal for anyone looking to pick up some unique souvenirs and gifts. Accommodation is varied with everything from villas to hostels and Marrakech hotels ranging from 1-5* quality.
With an idyllic year round warm climate, Marrakech is the perfect place to spend a relaxing break. With so much to see and do it is guaranteed to be an unforgettable holiday for the whole family to enjoy. There are fantastic holiday deals to Marrakech available right now, so why not book your getaway today and start experiencing what this exciting city has to offer.
Marrakech - Activities and Attractions
There is so much to see and do during a holiday in Marrakech; in fact each day you spend could be completely different from the last.
There are many historical and archaeological sites to explore along with bustling markets in the heart of the city.
One of the most famous Marrakech attractions are The Souks, the large markets of Marrakech that offer everything from spices to clothing along with fantastic street entertainment to make you visit even more enjoyable.
A trip to the Saadian Tombs is also recommended, discovered in the 20th century the tombs have been so well preserved that thousands of people flock to explore them each year. The tombs hold many ancient rulers along with many Jews and Christians. Make sure you look closely at the markings on the different religious tombs as they are renowned for their intricate stylings.
The Majorelle Gardens are another fantastic place to spend a day in Marrakech, although the entrance fee is higher than other attractions you can wander through a picturesque garden filled with thousands of plants from around the world. The gardens are also home to the Museum of Islamic Art, a fascinating building perfect for learning more about Islamic culture. As the sun sets during a Marrakech holiday many tourists head to the Djemaa El-Fna, an event which sees musicians, dancers and storytellers all congregate into the large square. The lively atmosphere is definitely worth experiencing, it is also a great opportunity to watch traditional Marrakech entertainment such as snake charming.
Marrakech - Restaurants, Shopping and Nightlife
Marrakech offers a fusion of cuisines from around the world however if you really want to get a taste for Moroccan dishes it is advised to head to one of the many local restaurants.
Some of the most common dishes include pastille, a sweet/savoury pie that is widely available around the city. Fresh salads, pizza and tagines are also popular choices.
One of the most popular restaurants is the Chez El Bahia; situated close to the Djemaa El-Fna it offers traditional food at fantastic prices.
There are many international restaurants on offer including fast food eateries, Italian restaurants and much more.
There are many bars and nightclubs around the city which are ideal for enjoying a lively Moroccan night. Many of the Marrakech hotels offer their own evening venues including the fantastic Hotel Tazi. There are several themed pubs around the city including an English Pub that is popular with tourists.
As well as The Souks, Marrakech holidays offer a wide range of shopping opportunities including several smaller markets offering many locally produced products. Candles, lanterns and leather goods are especially popular along with oils and linens. Many products can be bargained for so get ready to haggle for a better price, shop keepers expect it and it is all part of the fun experience. Public transport is varied with buses, taxis and caleches available to take visitors around the city. Buses are frequent and reliable; however those taking taxis are advised to agree a price with the driver before getting into the vehicle.
Marrakech - Weather and Climate
Marrakech is the ideal place to visit all year round however the most popular time to arrive in the city is the summer months.
During this time the temperatures are at their highest, the guaranteed sunshine offers around 8 hours of sunshine per day, perfect for those looking to get a great summer tan.
During July and August the temperatures often reach 40°C therefore it is recommended to take shade during the afternoon and take advantage of air conditioning facilities in Marrakech hotels.
The winter months are also fairly hot with temperatures staying in the mid twenties most days. The temperatures do drop considerably at night therefore it is advised to pack something warm during the winter.