With several Bank Holiday Mondays coming up over the next few months it’s the perfect time to take a getaway – and much like Harry and Meghan found earlier this year, Morocco is the perfect destination for a three day break.
Flights take just three hours from London, and with no time difference, it’s easy to get to, offers a warm welcome and infinite variety. The Kingdom has four mountain ranges, lush natural parks, historical cities, long stretches of Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, and the beguiling Sahara desert to explore.
Perhaps the most famous city destination in Morocco is Marrakech. It’s a constant fixture on ‘must-visit’ lists and is one of the most evocative places in the world. Three days in Marrakech is barely enough to scratch the surface, but this itinerary will help you to experience some of the best parts of the city.
Our first recommendation is to leave Marrakech! In all seriousness, with the iconic High Atlas mountains just an hour’s journey away there’s no excuse to miss them. Take an arranged trip from Marrakech or find your own way, then trek through the Ourika Valley, climb into the foothills and see traditional Berber villages. If you’re adventurous the mountains are a great place for rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and other adrenaline sports.
On your return, Djemma El Fna should be next on your list. It’s the busiest square in the whole of Africa, packed with fire-eaters, bellydancers, Amazigh acrobats, astrologers, and a hundred other types of street entertainers. It really gets going in the evening, so sit outside a cafe enjoying a mint tea and wait until the sun sets to experience this whirlwind of human life and colour in all its glory.
After yesterday’s exertions it’s time for a bit of unwinding and wellness, so head to one of the many hammams in the city for the ultimate in relaxation. It’s part massage, part exfoliation, part steam bath and part social meeting place. Skilled attendants will wash, scrub, rinse and massage you with various oils and the famous Moroccan Rhassoul clay. The experience will leave you intensely relaxed, with skin that positively glows.In the afternoon, how about playing a round at one of Marrakech’s many golf courses? Globally renowned designers including Kyle Phillips, Jack Nicklaus and Niall Cameron have created courses here that stand alongside some of the best in the world, while respecting the environmental values of the area. If you’re any kind of golfer you won’t want to miss this opportunity to play golf in Marrakech – just don’t get distracted by the stunning mountain backdrops!
If golf isn’t your thing then you have many other options in Marrakech – visit a water park, explore one of our splendid museums, even take to the skies in a hot air balloon!
With the return trip on the horizon it’s time to get some souvenirs and presents to take home with you. Luckily Marrakech has plenty of places to buy unique gifts. Visit the marketplaces and lose yourself amongst the hundreds of stalls. It’s a treat for the senses – brightly coloured cones of spices sit next to richly embroidered carpets and glowing bronze lanterns, and the scents of different foods fill the air. When you find something you like, remember to haggle – it’s expected!
Once you have sated your shopping urge, catch one of the Calèches – these horse drawn carriages will convey you around the city and show you all the sights, from the Majorelle gardens to the old ramparts and royal palaces. It’s a lovely way to spend your last afternoon in the Red City and gives you the chance to make a list of all the things you want to visit on your next Marrakech getaway.