An enchanting desert city
One of Morocco’s most bewitching and best-known cities, Marrakech city breaks promise a dazzling mixture of culture, exploration and adventure. Once a palm-fringed oasis near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the site was originally frequented by ancient Berber farmers. But its position on trading routes across North Africa saw it explode with political and economic power while remaining a major Muslim citadel.
A French colony for decades in the early 1900s, Marrakech today is a cultural melting pot, fusing the mystique of the past with a modern, creative swagger. City breaks to Marrakech have much to offer, whether you’re up for bargaining in the labyrinthine souks, relaxing with a traditional hammam spa treatment, taking a Jeep into the mountains or heading to a cool music festival. And you’re sure to appreciate the city’s architecture, which gives a real sense of its history and culture.
Known as the Red City, thanks to its many ruddy sandstone buildings, Marrakech is a roll-call of wonderful buildings, grand arches and bright ‘zellige’ tiles. So whether you’re admiring the minaret of the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque as the call to prayer echoes through the air, swooning over the lush Menara Gardens, applauding the street performers, salivating over the food stalls of bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa or wandering round Bahia Palace, this is a city with treasures at every turn.
The Bahia Palace
Yves Saint Laurent’s art