Travel to Marrakech: Guide to Marrakech Travel
Capital of the south and the epicentre of tourism, Marrakech has always been something of a fantasy for travellers the world over. The looks of its red, tent-like time-worn ramparts and medina before a great shaft of mountains is immediately exciting, and the party atmosphere at its central square compels you to come back to visit time and time again.
Marrakech Travel: Flights to Marrakech
There is a great deal of flights to Marrakech from London and regional UK Airports. BA and Royal Air Maroc operate scheduled direct flights to Marrakech from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Low-cost carriers also operate this route, with direct flights from EasyJet departing from Gatwick and Ryanair and Thomsonfly from Luton. Manchester is another regional airport that offers direct flights to Marrakech, operated by budget airliner Thomsonfly.
For a detailed guide on getting to Marrakech, read our Flights to Marrakech section.
Marrakech Travel: Sights and Activities
t the heart of it all is Djemaa el Fna, an open space that is the stage of the most overwhelming experience in Marrakech. As soon as the sun goes down, the square bursts into life, with snake charmers, acrobats, tattoo artists, pipe musicians and storytellers performing to a shifting circle of onlookers, locals and tourists alike.
To the north of the square is a warren of lanes that constitute the souks of Marrakech. Explore the different squares devoted to specific crafts and find anything and everything from leather jackets and bags, to good-value carpets. For a less overwhelming experience head to Guéliz, where the markets are calmer and don’t involve too much bargaining.
Back to the Medina, the wonderful combination of Islamic monuments and tropical gardens will take a good couple of days for full exploration. Highlights include the Koutoubia Mosque, an elaborate 12th-century minaret dominating the Marrakech skyline, the Saadian tombs, a mausoleum containing the remains of 66 Kings and the small but exquisite Majorelle Gardens, containing 350 varieties of exotic plants from five continents.
For a full guide to all Marrakech has to offer, read our guide to Marrakech Sights and Attractions.
Marrakech Travel: Accommodation in Marrakech
There is no shortage of accommodation space in Marrakech with hotels, riads and villas on offer to cater for all budgets and tastes. However, places fill up quickly especially the popular choices in the Medina and during the high-season, so advanced bookings are a wise idea.