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.
Hitting the souks is a rite of passage for any Marrakech visitor, but once you’re all haggled out, there’s another corner of town beckoning, just beyond the stalls. Kaât Bennahid might be one of Marrakech’s oldest neighbourhoods, but it’s had a superstylish growth spurt recently, with hip art galleries, chic riads and slick restaurants sprouting up, geared towards a fashionable set.
The sweltering summer heat has finally lifted off the city in October so this is a great time to discover Marrakech by bike. AXS Cycling (www.argansports.com) offer a Marrakech Tasting Tour which explores the medina's labyrinth alleyways by bike while stopping off to sample local delicacies from street stalls along the way.
Founded in 2012 to support disadvantaged Moroccan women, the Amal Women's Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant empowers its students with traditional and modern culinary training. Visitors can take advantage of that expertise by enrolling in traditional Moroccan cookery classes. For more information visit https://en-gb.facebook.com/AmalNonProfit/.
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.
Popcorn at the ready. Running through the 2 to 10 December, the annual Festival International du Film de Marrakech brings the best of new North African and international arthouse cinema to the Red City as well as classic crowd-pleaser movies. Head to Djemaa el-Fna to catch free open-air cinema in the medina's main square.
Not only is the Koutoubia Mosque the largest mosque in Marrakech, it's also one of the city's most beautiful landmarks. Built in the 12th century, the mosque's minaret soars above Jemaa El-Fna. Come closer and you'll find exotic gardens, beautiful tiles, and other ornate architectural details.
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.
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.