Marrakech Holidays: Guide to Holidays in Marrakech
A holiday to Marrakech will take you to a city that’s moving fast. From a remote and down-at-heels city in the 70’s and 80’s, Marrakech has risen fast into the epicentre of style and nightlife in North Africa. Designer boutiques, opulent spas and chic restaurants are opening everyday, but the red city has lost none of its exotic charm. A Marrakech holiday in essence is the sights, the sounds, the twisted passages of the Medina, “charming the Cobras” in Djemaa el Fna and all those other things that make Marrakech so unique.
This is your guide to Holidays in Marrakech, with suggestions and tips on how to get there, what to see and where to stay.
Marrakech Holidays: Flights
Marrakech is easily accessible from the UK, only three and a half hours away by plane from London. BA and Royal Air Maroc operate scheduled direct flights to Marrakech from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, but there are also plenty of cheap flights to Marrakech from budget airlines Easyjet, Ryanair and Thomsonfly from Manchester, Luton and Bristol.
Marrakech Holidays: What to See
Everyone should soak the party atmosphere at Djemaa el Fna, haggle at the varied Marrakech Souks and be inspired by the pergolas, pots and lush vegetation at the Majorelle Gardens.
For more traditional Marrakech sightseeing, head to the Medina where there is a wonderful selection of imperial Islamic architecture. Stroll past the Koutoubia with its elaborate 12th century tower; visit the Saadian tombs where the remains of 66 kings were laid to rest and get a glimpse of a 16th century Sultan’s dream at the Badi Palace.
Marrakech Holidays: Where to Stay
To soak up the atmosphere, stay at a traditional guesthouse – riad – in the Medina. Marrakech riads offer exotic charm in a variety of themes and there is one for each budget. The opulent include la Sultana with its roof-top terrace overlooking the Kasbah, and Dar Diab, tucked away of sight in the northern medina. For style try Riad Farnatchi, featuring five luxury suites with rain showers and flat screens or Riad el Fenn with six suites decorated differently and furnished with pieces by local craftsmen. Down the price scale, try Riad Nejma Lounge and Jnane Mogador – ideal for those on a budget without compromising on style.
For those looking for a quiet time away from the melee of the Medina, try the Marrakech Hotels outside the walls of the Medina. Hotels in Guéliz and Hivernage are in the high-end scale and in quiet surroundings, yet only a short drive from the Medina. Try the Hivernage Hotel & Spa, with a pool, well-equipped spa and a restaurant.
For an all-together reclusive experience, the “Palmeraie” on the outskirts of Marrakech is the setting of five-star luxury hotels and resorts. Palais Mehdi is a sprawling resort with a huge pool and verdant gardens; Caravenserai is an eye-catching conversion of traditional Berber houses that’s a great option for activity lovers. Super-luxury is at the Amanjena, a palatial world unto itself with restaurants, swimming pools, butlers, tennis courts, spas and even boutiques.