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 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)
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).
Visitors to the Musee Tiskiwin enjoy a fascinating exploration of traditional Moroccan folk art and North African artefacts. The petite historic villa contains an impressive selection of treasures from the past. Intricate Berber textiles, traditional baskets and beaded jewellery are all on display at this colourful and captivating museum (8 Rue de la Bahia, Marrakech Medina).
The Maison de la Photographie houses an 8,000-work collection of historical Moroccan photographs, all sourced from between 1870-1950. English annotations help visitors understand the fascinating images, many of which were anonymously taken and depict poetic scenes of daily life (46 Rue Ahl Fes, Rue Bin Lafnadek, Moukef, maisondelaphotographie.ma).
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).
Escape the frenetic pace of city life with Mountain Travel Morocco, a company specialising in trekking tours of the Atlas Mountains. Scenic mountain walks can easily be combined with a trip to a local Berber village, or for the more adventurous, a mountain bike tour through the hilly terrain. mountain-travel-morocco.com
With the snowy Atlas Mountains in view, the newly opened Spa by Clarins at the Royal Palm Marrakech is the perfect refuge from the bustle of the city. Indulge in a bespoke Clarins treatment or a traditional hammam, before balancing your zen at the dedicated yoga pavilion (Route d'Amizmiz km12, beachcomber-hotels.com).