March – May
LCY → RAK
Up to 90 days
Taxi: 5 £GBP (15 min)
Bus: 0.7 £GBP (25 min)
The Moroccan capital – Marrakesh (Marrakech) – is possibly one of the most fascinating and vibrant cities in the world. Known as the ‘Red City’ courtesy of its pink-hued walls that were first constructed in the 12th century, made from tabia, the bricks are mixture of water and red mud from the Hazou plains. However go once on holidays to Marrakesh and you are aware that nickname doesn’t do the city justice.
The red colour is not the only one to feature in Marrakesh’s spectrum. That colour can best be witnessed in the historic Medina where the sights, sounds and smells almost threaten to overwhelm first time visitors. The Medina is home to Marrakesh’s souks where vividly-coloured freshly-made carpets hang in stalls, equally bright spices form pyramids, and silver lamps that would not look out of place in the hands of Aladdin are all waiting to be haggled over. Jemaa el-Fna, the biggest square in Africa, offers a similar assault on the senses. This huge square is packed with snake charmers, Teenage boys with chained Barbary apes, story tellers, acrobats and potion sellers.
The Medina is in stark contrast to the luxurious areas of Palmeraie and Gueliz where boutique shops and exuberant nightclubs are the norm. Then there’s the majestic Koutoubia Mosque and the stunning Bahia Palace...The list goes on...and you can experience it all on Marrakesh holidays.
Average temperatures in Marrakesh range from 12 degrees Celsius (54 Fahrenheit) in winter, and through 32 to 45 degrees Celsius (90 – 111 Fahrenheit) in summer making spring and autumn the best times for holidays to Marrakesh. Winters are relatively wet and summers are dry. This rainfall pattern mirrors those found in Mediterranean climes. However, it rains less in Marrakesh than it typically does in a Mediterranean climate, meaning the city has a semi-arid climate classification.
A blend of minimalistic simplicity and sumptuous luxury, Morocco’s historic city of Marrakesh attracts a hip horde of winter sun seeking tourists. Perhaps surprisingly the ‘old city’ represented by the pink-walled Medina possibly possesses the highest concentration of slick boutique accommodation than anywhere else on the globe. They are complemented by numerous emporia that will leave even the most committed shopaholics struggling to cover them all. Those less keen on retail therapy will still be awestruck by the riot of colour and diversity in and around the souks. In short, incredible nightclubs, leading-edge riads and radical new variations on Moroccan food make Marrakesh holidays of the hippest ones.
Whether you are about exploring history or a whirlwind weekend of shopping and clubbing the vast range things to do on holidays in Marrakesh will astound any visitor.
Explore the narrow maze of alleys of the historic Medina, pausing to marvel at the hive of activity on Jemaa el-Fna square from the snake charmers to the conjurors. Appreciate the beauty of the magnificent towering Koutoubia Mosque or the splendor of the Bahia Palace.
Go shopping for souvenirs in the hectic souks, which tout everything from intricate and beautiful handmade carpets to exotic spices. For a contrasting shopping experience on your holidays in Marrakesh visit the shopping centres in Agdal, hit the boutiques and luxury stores in Gueliz.
Dine on divine Moroccan cuisine whilst sipping cocktails as you take in the city views from a rooftop terrace, before dancing the night away at a hip nightclub. Or sample the street food such succulent meat fresh off the grill on the square.
Being an Islamic nation alcohol is widely prohibited, some spots to imbibe can be found in the Medina among the plethora of excellent nightclubs.