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Marrakech

Marrakech has stood for close to a thousand years, a city of history and culture.

One of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies immediately spring to mind.

Known as The Red City thanks to the hue of the thick walls surrounding the old city, Marrakech has been a popular tourist destination in Morocco since the 1960s, attracting everyone from the Beatles to Sienna Miller. It’s a place to engage the senses, nowhere more so than in the famous souks. These vibrant markets are a whirlwind of colour and noise, where throngs of people weave between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly coloured spices, richly woven rugs and a thousand other exotic goods. Enticing smells waft through the souks, and the clamour of voices haggling and the cries of vendors competing for customers provides a constant backing track to the city.

It’s almost impossible to walk through Marrakech for more than five minutes without finding some architectural wonder to marvel at. From the exquisite gardens to the intricately carved archways to the ornate mosques, this is a city that displays its history in its man-made environment. The Medina in particular is a sight to behold: designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre it’s a wonderful mix of Amazigh, Arabic and Moorish architecture.

When it comes to entertainment, Marrakech blends cultures to magical effect. Jemaa El-Fnaa is the busiest square in the whole of Africa, packed with fire-eaters, cross-dressing bellydancers, Amazigh acrobats, astrologers, and a hundred other types of street entertainers. Marrakech also plays host to many festivals such as the Dakka Marrakchia, the Popular Arts Festival and the Marrakech Biennale.

A more relaxed time can be had on one of Marrakech’s fine golf courses, or for a delightful pampering experience then seek out one of the many hammams that are a speciality of the city.

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Staying In Marrakech

Marrakech is a city that has welcomed travellers for centuries, and thanks to this, when you visit you’ll be able to choose from a breathtaking array of quality places to stay.

You can choose from a wide range of hotels, ranging from good quality places for people travelling on a budget, to top of the range, five star complexes with outdoor swimming pools, rooftop restaurants and every need catered for.

If you want to really experience the magic of Morocco, then you must stay in a riad. These traditional residences are an integral part of the country; luxurious houses with a courtyard at the centre in which you’ll find trees and a fountain. Completely different to staying in a hotel and a fabulous immersion into Moroccan culture, Marrakech has hundreds of riads for you to choose from.

Getting To Marrakech

Image: Marrakech airport is modern and efficient

Getting to Marrakech from the UK is fantastically easy. There are direct flights from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Birmingham, Luton and Bristol, none of which takes more than four hours. Your plane will land at Marrakech Menara airport which is only four miles away from the city centre, and there’s a regular bus service that runs every half hour to and from the Medina. Alternatively you can take one of the many taxis that are available for hire day and night - they’re reliable and reasonably priced. Marrakech is a hub city with good links to the rest of Morocco, and you can also fly there directly from Casablanca and Agadir. You can reach Marrakech from the northern cities by train, or take advantage of road links to the city via bus, motorbike or hire car.

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