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Known for its vibrant souks, magnificent mosques, towering minarets and pretty medinas, not to mention its circus-like square filled with snake charmers, street food and storytellers, Marrakech holidays are an enchanting melting pot of history and culture.

If ever there was a perfect place to put down the map and get lost in Marrakech, it’s within the rose-pink ramparts of the medina. The Djemaa El Fna is crammed with souks that spill haphazardly down every alley, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven for bargain-hunters. Wander through endless mounds of stacked spices, tightly-rolled carpets, embroidered kaftans, and woven blankets, all for sale in the shadow of these ancient walls. As daytime blends into night, snake charmers and street entertainers turn the place into one giant stage. Tuck into fried fish, skewered kebabs, or just a glass of fresh-pressed grapefruit juice from the swathe of street food markets, then watch as the show unfolds.

The famous 'Red City'

Wherever you’re standing, you’re likely to be overlooked by another of Marrakech’s myriad must-sees: Koutoubia Mosque. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, the mosque is topped by a 70-metre high minaret that’s become emblematic of the city and where the call to prayer sings out from, five times a day.
Wander through the Jardin Majorelle, a two and a half acre botanical garden gifted to Marrakech by French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and carefully created by a French Orientalist artist, called Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years.
Why not consider a multi-centre stay, travelling between Morocco and Essaouira, whilst including a visit to the Atlas Mountains? Whatever you’re looking for, call our Destination Specialists who can help you to create the perfect tailor made Marrakech holiday package.

Destination Highlights

  • Soak up the unique culture and history of Marrakech, known as the 'Red City' thanks to the blush-coloured walls that surround it
  • Visit the heart of Marrakech, Jemaa El Fna Square and lose yourself within the winding streets and stunning architecture Marrakech has to offer
  • Experience Berber village life, wander through the Jardin Majorelle and shop amongst Morocco's favourite souks
  • Explore the Atlas Mountains or the Sahara desert on an unforgettable day excursion

Explore Marrakech

Time Zone

GMT +2 hours

Flight Time

Approx. three hours and 30 minutes

Currency

Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa to travel to Morocco

Language

Arabic, but English is widely spoken

Health Info

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Morocco

Zoe, Senior Destination Manager

“La Maison Arabe has hosted a long list of dignitaries and celebrities. Once Marrakech’s first fine-dining Moroccan restaurant in 1946, before becoming the first riad hotel, the hotel retains its traditional elegance. A stay here is recommended, but a lunch or dinner by the courtyard pool is a must. A cooking class at La Maison Arabe's cooking school is also worth considering.” 

Zoe
Senior Destination Manager
Robert, Destination Specialist

“A stay at Riad Kniza not only offers you the opportunity to stay in a beautiful and tranquil 18th-century property, but it's owner, Haj Mohamed has been a professional guide for more than 30 years, showcasing Marrakech to former US Presidents and award-winning actors and actresses. He is always delighted to share his knowledge. Plus, Riad Kniza is known as having one of the best Moroccan tables in town  and is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic, intimate dinner within the medina.” 

Robert
Destination Specialist

Local Cuisine

Moroccan cuisine is typically a mix of Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, and Mediterranean cuisines with slight European and sub-Saharan influences. Lamb is a popular meat, and dishes abound with subtle spices and intriguing ingredients such as dates and apricots. Here are a few of our favourite local dishes to try:

Couscous

Couscous is originally from Morocco and typically served with meat or vegetable stew. Traditionally it’s prepared on the Muslim holy day (Friday) and for special occasions, but you can find it at most restaurants and cafes.

Khobz

This crusty bread is typically baked in communal wood-fired ovens and served with a lot of meals. Also, be sure to check out all the other breads in Morocco, like the harcha (a buttery bread), rghaif (a flaky flat bread), or baghira (spongy crumpet).

Briwat

You can’t leave Morocco without having some of these delicious sweets! Briwat is a deep fried filo pastry in the shape of a triangle and filled with almonds.

Bissara

Commonly served during breakfast, this is a rich and hearty soup made from dried fava beans. Typically it will be topped with fresh olive oil and a sprinkle of cumin.

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