Welcome to Marrakech

Marrakech encapsulates the exoticism of far more distant cities. The impenetrable Atlas Mountains have preserved the culture of an indigenous Berber population who add a unique richness to the city. Few cities enjoy such a dramatic setting and intoxicating atmosphere. The ancient rose-pink walls stoop beneath soaring peaks, whilst towering palm trees jostle for position amongst medieval ramparts where nesting storks colonise vacant turrets.

When to visit

Winter days are mild and bright but it can be cool or cold in the evenings. April to May and October through November offer sustained sunshine and blue skies without the fierce heat of summer. The rainy season is nominally from November until March but there is rarely persistent or sustained rainfall during that period, just occasional flash-flooding. Summer varies from hot to very hot. Visiting Marrakech during the Popular Arts Festival, in July, will enhance your experience by giving you the opportunity to see Morocco at its cultural finest. In 2021 the fasting month of Ramadan will be observed from approximately 15 April to 15 May. Some restaurants choose to close for the month, but the nocturnal celebrations can be colourful and lively. Whilst the observance of Ramadan for Muslims is legally enforced in Morocco it is difficult to view the country as one with a strict Islamic culture.

Spice market in Marrakech

Spice market in Marrakech

Experience Marrakech

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Marrakech. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
Our knowledgeable travel consultants can also give you further information on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Guides, pop art and valley visits

Hiring a private guide is the best way to see the medina. Don’t miss the
upcycled pop art and objects d’art of the Riad Yima Tea Room,
and do find time to escape to the beautiful Ourika Valley.

Historical Marrakech (half day)

Explore the extraordinary Koutoubia Mosque, the lavishly decorated Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace and the narrow alleyways of the medina, and end this tour at the mesmerising Djemaa el Fna square.

From £45 per person

Fantasia 1001 Nights (4 hours)

Comfortably seated on rich cushions under one of the various Caidales tents you will taste the dishes that made Moroccan cuisine world famous and experience a magical, authentic, and unforgettable dinner show.

From £67 per person

Cooking class (4 hours)

Learn the secrets of Moroccan cooking at hotel La Maison Arabe’s renowned cookery school. Prepare a starter and main course under the supervision of a dada, a traditional Moroccan cook, and then take a seat at the table to enjoy your creations.

 

From £70 per person

High Atlas adventure (full day)

See spectacular scenery on this exciting drive to the Ourika Valley and Jbel Oukaimeden ski resort. Travel the Moulay Brahim Gorge’s hairpin bends to Tahanaoute hamlet and Asni. Enjoy lunch at Imlil and a guided walk to Aremd village.

From £99 per person

Berber trail (full day)

Take the Berber trail through villages, and over valleys and mountains, as you climb to 3000 metres. Stop for photo opportunities, marvel at the spectacular scenery, drink mint tea, and enjoy lunch in the Ourika Valley.

From £99 per person

Souks and Medina tour (half day)

Enter an intricate maze of narrow streets where you’ll find a variety of different areas. There are specific souks for fruit, spices, leatherwork, carpets, ironworks, gold and silver, jewelley and more.

From £46 per person

Out and about

The Djemaa el Fna square is the focal point to which tribes and travellers have been drawn since eternity. As the shadow of the Koutoubia minaret lengthens towards the square, the carnival begins as musicians, snake-charmers, fortune tellers, fire eaters and dancers gather to entertain the ever-shifting circles of mesmerised onlookers. Visit the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Minaret. Enjoy lunch in the modern area of Gueliz and visit the cafés and shops of the Avenue Mohammed V. Take a horse-drawn carriage to ride through the olive groves and to see the reservoir and pavilion of the Menara Gardens. Try a relaxing spa treatment or hammam at Les Bains de Marrakech, one of the city’s first private hammams. The Ourika Valley offers a chance to experience Berber life beyond the city. This is an ideal area for gentle hiking amongst the high green terraces and stunning views of the High Atlas Mountains.

The Berbers bequeathed Moroccan cuisine essential dishes such as couscous, tasty tajine stews and hearty harira soups. The Bedouin Arabs introduced dates, milk, grain, bread and dried pasta, and the Moors, nuts, fruits, herbs and oil. Invading Arabs brought back a wealth of spices from the East. Moroccan cuisine is based around the staples of peppers, tomatoes, garlic, olives, eggs, onions, couscous, chicken, lamb, pigeon and fish.

Good to know

The myriad tiny streets and alleyways of Marrakech Medina and the Djemaa el Fna square are best discovered on foot. Metered petit taxis are an inexpensive way to get around those parts of the city outside the walls of the old town, whilst grand taxis are for journeys further afield. Horse-drawn carriages ply their trade from a carriage station close to the Koutoubia Minaret. You should agree a price that you’re happy with before boarding.

Luxury hotels in Marrakech

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Marrakech

  • Good for Famalies
  • Recommended Spa
  • Central Location

Almaha Marrakech

Marrakech

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Central Location
  • Mountain and City Views

Es Saadi Palace

Marrakech

  • Central Location
  • Recommended Spa
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pool

Marrakech musts

Majorelle Gardens

The painter Jacques Majorelle laid out the original gardens in the 1930’s and they were lovingly restored in later years by Yves St Laurent and maintained through his estate. Subtropical vegetation offers plenty of shade for contemplation and there’s a small museum.

Medina

With more than sixteen kilometres of ramparts and gates, myriad stalls and shops, and 800 years of history, it’s up to the individual to decide how best to discover the heart and soul of this ancient city, but discover it you must.

Saadian Tombs

These three ornate pavilions are set in an ancient walled garden which housed the sultans and their hareems. Hidden from public view until the 1920’s the tombs provide a fascinating insight into the life of a bygone age.

Street food

Forming what is probably the world’s largest open-air restaurant, more than one hundred, brightly lit Djemaa el Fna food stalls are set up in the square at the end of every day and dismantled again before midnight.

Ourika Valley

Some thirty kilometres distant from Marrakech, the lush greenery at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains is one of the best-preserved valleys in Morocco, boasting beautifully decorative scenery with numerous poplar trees and weeping willows.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultants about combining a stay in Marrakech with time on the beach in Agadir or Tangier, or see the medieval marvel which is Fez.
See our dedicated Morroco & Egypt brochure for further details.