Cheap flights to Marrakech
Atmospheric and seemingly untouched by modern life, Marrakech is an exotic city that never ceases to amaze tourists with its array of medieval wonders.
A holiday to Marrakech is a pretty surreal experience. Founded nearly one thousand years ago, not much has changed in the ‘Red City’ as it is known thanks to the pink hue of its city walls. You’ll still find the squares of the ancient medina full of snake charmers, fortunetellers and acrobats.
Marrakech is a city that conjures up a world of medieval pleasures and is the perfect holiday destination for people looking for the different and the extraordinary.
A three-storey haven of relaxation, crowned with a gorgeous, wrought iron atrium, the Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa is certified destination-worthy. Host to a traditional hammam, tea lounge, fitness centre, swimming pool and private treatment cabins, it would take days to discover everything on offer here. New to the already extensive treatment menu, the spa welcomes renowned pedicurist Bastien Gonzalez and his innovative programme of foot treatments. Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, tel. 00 212 529 80 80 80.
Fans of fragrant and evocative Moroccan fare are invited to don aprons at Dar Les Cigognes' Moroccan Cooking School. The day begins in a nearby market, where an expert guide invites guests to choose their own ingredients. Then it's back to the boutique hotel to cook (and indulge). Private half-day and full-day courses are available. Dar Les Cigognes, 108 rue de Berima, Medina, tel. 00 212 524 382 740.
A step up from the hectic souks, the charmingly appointed Michèle Baconnier boutique, run by the eponymous designer, is a treasure trove of high quality Moroccan and Moroccan inspired gifts. From silk slippers and hand dyed textiles to glittering jewellery and embroidered boots, these are the souvenirs to seek. (12 rue des Vieux Marrakchis)
Known as The Incomparable Palace, the 16th century El Badi Palace, now partially in ruins, is still one of the city's most majestic landmarks. Within its red pisé walls is the famous minbar - a 12th century, inlaid prayer pulpit that ranks among the Muslim world's most celebrated works of art. Ksibat Nhass, tel. 00 212 627 28 67 40.
Sibling to the trend-setting Galerie 38 in Casablanca, Marrakech's BCK Art Gallery is frequented by the city's culturati. Though the contemporary art space shows work from around the world, young and emerging Moroccan artists are of prime focus (Rue Ibnou Aïcha, Immeuble C, Résidence Al Hadika El Koubra).
It's just two and a half hours from Marrakech to the fishing port of Essaouira, widely regarded as the jewel of the Moroccan coastline. Guests can explore the busy marina before heading to the vineyards in the surrounding Val d'Argan countryside. Travel by bus or book a private tour to make the most of the experience.
Though just a 45 minute drive away from the centre of Marrakech, the Kasbah Bab Ourika feels wonderfully remote: there are the snow capped Atlas Mountains in the distance, and the desert just nearby. Constructed using traditional Berber methods, the hotel hosts active treks and day excursions around this wildly beautiful region. kasbahbabourika.com.
This spring marks one of the splashiest Marrakech hotel openings in recent years, as the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech touches down. Situated minutes from the medina, in view of the Atlas Mountains and in the midst of olive trees, the hotel's spa, five restaurants and luxurious villas make it the hottest place to stay this year (Route du Golf Royal, mandarinoriental.com/marrakech).