Plan an exotic adventure and visit a colourful city where old meets new. Marrakech holidays are divided into the Medina (old town) and Guéliz (new town). You can discover the thousand-year history of the Red City in the main square of the hectic Jemaa el-Fna and make you way through the winding souks. And when the sun goes down there’s a buzzling nightlife scene to enjoy, too. Love being outdoors? It’s is just a short distance from the stunning Atlas Mountains, where you can go trekking during the summer and skiing in the winter. With so much to explore, there’s never a dull moment when you choose holidays to Marrakech. With warm sunshine throughout the seasons, it makes a glorious year-round destination.
38 °C, Sizzling summer highs and glorious sunshine, making it a great all-year-round holiday hotspot.
3 hours from the UK to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
On holidays to Marrakech, you won’t want to miss the hustle and bustle of the traditional souks (or markets) and explore every inch of Medina. If you want to escape the noise for an hour, then you’ll find plenty of peace and quiet in the stunning Menara Gardens. If you’re looking for something completely different during the winter months, head out to a ski resort in the Atlas Mountains. Oukaimeden is only an hour’s drive from here, and offers a great selection of slopes for beginners through to some seriously challenging black runs.
See the sights
You’ll uncover some of Morocco’s best attractions in the city’s stunning historic quarters. Spend the day wondering through the souks; look out for spices, leather goods and cashmere, while picking out a present to take home with you. You’ll love exploring the narrow streets of the magnificent Medina or Jemaa el-Fna, where fire-breathing performers and dare-devil acrobats come out at night. It’s also a superb spot to sample traditional Moroccan cooking. How about a hearty lamb tagine? Followed by a cup of fresh mint tea, of course. Don’t forget to circle the stunning Koutoubia Mosque, loved for its four copper globes and traditional Islamic designs.
Escape the vibrant city streets and find your zen, in one of the finest places to visit is the Menara Gardens. You’ll feel at peace as with a stroll alongside the reflecting pool, which is surrounded by 30,000 green olive trees and the soaring Atlas Mountains. This is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike, and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. This is one of the most serene sights in the city, and it’s ideal if you’re looking for a changing scenery during your holidays to Marrakech.
For the best shopping experience on Marrakech holidays, head straight for the traditional souks. You’ll find markets running from Monday to Saturday, selling everything from Moroccan clothing to unique spices. And look out for precious Berban necklaces and handcrafted leather bags, too. Haggling is expected here, so give it your best shot and see how it goes. You could end up with quite a bargain, but be prepared to bargain hard, as the stall-holders are highly skilled in the art of haggling!
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Marrakech is best for...
Explorers: Dive straight into the vibrant city life; head for the lively square and make your way through the alleyways. Get your haggling head on and explore the busy souk to sample a slice of traditional Moroccan life.
Scenery lovers: From the historic city centre to the breath-taking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, it’s easy to fall in love with this city.
History buffs: This destination is one of Morocco’s former imperial capital cities, and it’s home to an array of historic attractions and fascinating museums. You’ll find the fascinating Saadian Tombs within easy reach.
Language: Arabic, Berber and French. English is spoken in many of the tourist venues, but it’s advisable to take a phrasebook or download our handy language app to help you with a few basics in Arabic or French.
Currency: The currency used here is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Local time: It’s the same time zone as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK) is 7km southwest of the resort.
Flight time from UK:You’ll be able to fly here in around 3 hours 20 minutes.
Tourist information: You can find out more useful information at www.visitmorocco.com before your Marrakech holidays.
Visa & health: Ahead of holidays to Marrakech, it’s worth checking out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco for visa and health recommendations and advice.
Weather and Climate
Temperatures: Summer highs of 38 (ËšC).
Best time to visit:Spring and autumn offer the best of both worlds; the temperature’s more comfortable and there’s still plenty of sun.
In the summer, you can expect peak highs of 38 (ËšC) during the day. So it’s the perfect time for Marrakech holidays if you like it hot. If you love the sun but not the heat, spring and summer are a great option; temperatures hover between 20 (ËšC) and 25ËšC at this time of year.
By bus: You’ll find plenty of buses to take you northwest of the old city, running from the early morning into late evening. It’s a cheap and efficient way to get around.
By taxi: You can hail down a beige taxi almost anywhere in the city. Bear in mind that it’s common practice to round up the fare to the nearest Dirham or two when you reach your destination. It’s always worth asking for an estimate before you hop on board.
By caliche: Explore Medina from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. You’ll see the fixed hourly rates on the side of the carriage, or agree on a price beforehand for shorter trips.
Marrakech International FilmFestival: Film lovers will want to book Marrakech holidays to coincide with this star-studded event; it’s often described as the North African answer to the Cannes Film Festival. The festival runs every year in November or December.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival: Held in July, this is one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar, promising four days of art, performances and music. You’ll find the main square to be packed with food vendors, snake charmers and street performers.