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Marrakech holidays

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Destination Marrakech is one of the most fascinating and unusual destinations in the world. At the crossroads of Islamic and African cultures, it has a very distinctive sense of place and a rich and fascinating history. In addition to this, it is just a three hour flight from the UK and is a great destination for a spot of mid-winter sun. First time visitors to Marrakech can take a while to get their bearings. The ancient souqs of the old medina are loud, busy and labyrinthine and it's very easy to get lost. However, if you persevere, you'll work it out soon enough and it won't be long before you find the wild energy of the city quite infectious.

There are two major sections to Marrakech - the old medina which is grouped around the vast Djemaa el Fna square and the modern part of town - the Nouvelle Ville. Most tourists stick to the medina though there are some good up-market restaurants and luxury hotels in the new town. There is a great profusion of attractions in Marrakech including the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque with its grand minaret, the stunning Palais de la Bahia and Saadian Tombs. There are also a number of excellent day trips which can be made from Marrakech including to the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic coast resorts.
For Singles

When: As a single traveller, you have the freedom of deciding when you want to go. You might prefer to avoid the midsummer months when the temperatures can soar to unbearable heights. Try to steer clear of European school holidays too as these are very popular times with tourists and prices often shoot up accordingly!

Where: There is a huge amount to see in Marrakech. There is the masterpiece of artisanship that is the Palais de la Bahia, there are the Saadian Tombs and the Majorelle Gardens as well as any number of attractive minarets and centres of religious learning.

Why: Marrakech is a fascinating city to visit whether you are by yourself or in a group. There are lots of sociable restaurants and bars too, meaning that you won't find it too hard to make new acquaintances.

For Groups

When: If you possibly can avoid the middle of summer, you should definitely do so! The heat can be unbearable and dry, dusty winds often whip through the streets. Try to visit in the spring or autumn.

Where: Marrakech has plenty to offer friends who want to have a fun-filled holiday. You can search for bargains in the market places, go for a traditional hammam treatment and check out the city's many bars and clubs.

Why: Marrakech is a very fun place and very well suited to groups of tourists. There is some excellent nightlife - quite a rarity in Morocco. You might also appreciate having some back-up when haggling in the market places!

For Couples

When: Marrakech is at its most romantic in the spring months when the climate is still reasonably mild and the surrounding countryside bursts into flower.

Where: There are plenty of romantic spots in Marrakech. Enjoy al fresco meals in the Djemaa el Fna square or in one of the more upmarket diners of the Nouvelle Ville and stay in one of the ancient and bewitchingly beautiful Riads which offer rooftop, sunset views across the city.

Why: Because Marrakech is a staggeringly beautiful city. There is so much here to make this an utterly unforgettable holiday. Be sure to check out the stunning Majorelle gardens - a fantastic place to cool off after a sweltering day in the city!

For Families

When: As you're likely to have timing dictated by the children's holidays, you might be best opting for the autumn bank holiday for a visit to Marrakech. The summer is just too hot whilst the city gets very crowded at easter and christmas time.

Where: You might prefer to stay slightly outside Marrakech in the Palm Grove where there are a number of excellent resorts offering luxurious accommodation with stunning views of the Atlas Mountains. Here there are plenty of activities for adults and children and the proximity of a great golf course.

Why: Central Marrakech might be a bit overwhelming for a family holiday. The palm grove is just a ten minute drive from the sights of the Medina whilst offering a range of activities to keep the children entertained whilst you're not sightseeing.

Weather Marrakech is generally at its nicest in the spring and autumn. The daytime temperatures are generally between 20ºC and 25ºC and rarely drop below 10 ºC in the night. Whilst definitely cooler, the winter months are still very pleasant in Marrakech with daytime temperatures in the twenties and mild nights. The summer months on the other hand can be quite overwhelming. The temperatures remain in the thirties celsius between June and August and can regularly hit 40ºC! there are also annual dry and dusty storms that lash the city at this time of year making it a quite unpleasant environment!
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What to expectMarrakech is not a city that its very easy to prepare yourself for and can at first seem utterly forbidding. It is hot and dusty, noisy and frenetic. Give it some time, though and it is truly wonderful. There are some fantastic market places selling leather-ware, carpets, antiques and all manner of bric a brac. There are stunning historical buildings like the gorgeous Koutoubia Minaret and the magnificent 19th century Palais de la Bahia and there are some excellent hammams. What is most likely to remain with you, though is the central square - the Djemaa el Fnaa where street musicians compete for your attention with snake charmers and where delicious meals are served at charming al-fresco food stalls. Flight InformationFlights available from:
Bristol, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester

Airlines:
Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, EasyJet, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Air, Thomson, Vueling

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