What to Do in Marrakech, Morocco

What to Do in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a vibrant and diverse destination that seamlessly blends North African tradition and culture with modern luxury. The Moroccan city is bursting with palaces, galleries and gardens, with sumptuous dining and five star accommodation aplenty. Between the packed souk markets, indulgent spas and opulent riads, Marrakech is all yours to enjoy at your own pace.

19 kilometres of dusky pink brick walls enclose Marrakech’s old town Medina, inspiring nickname the Red City. Within these walls and outside in the new town there is plenty on offer beyond the maze of souks. While there are many luxury hotels, experiencing the tranquillity of an authentic riad is a must. These Moroccan townhouses built around a central courtyard offer the ultimate relaxation and respite from the city heat, where you can lounge by a colourfully tiled pool or ornate water feature after a long day of exploring. Restaurants and hotel dining in Marrakech are world class, combining European fare with Moroccan influences to create a rich and distinctive dining experience.

Marrakech is also conveniently located for day trips to the famous Ouzod Falls and its olive trees, the coastal city of Essaouira and perhaps even a once-in-a-lifetime camel trek through the Sahara Desert. On your return to the city, be sure to visit one of Marrakech’s deluxe spas to relax and rejuvenate.

• Sample an aromatic slow-cooked tagine at Al Fassia, where traditional Moroccan cuisine is crafted using only the finest local produce.

• Marvel at the intricate décor of the lavish 19th century Bahai Palace, built by Minister Ba Hammad for his wife.

• Escape the city on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains and North Africa’s peak, the 4,167 metre Mount Toubkal.

• Unwind at the Royal Mansour Spa with a refreshing ceremonial hammam (or ‘Turkish bath’) cleansing scrub.

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Travel Articles for Expat Focus

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