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Marrakech
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Marrakech which includes performance art as well as a small group of people

The imperial city of Marrakech is also the cultural centre of Morocco, being full of history and bustling markets with incredible architecture. But despite all this tradition, it’s also certainly part of the modern world.

In the old fortified city of Marrakesh, it’s in the Medina district that you’ll find most of the city’s activities and attractions. It's where you can enjoy a traditional Moroccan experience. Walk over to Djemaa el-Fna, the main square at the entrance to Medina, and enjoy a fresh orange juice while you're taking in the daily bustle. You'll find everything here, from dentists to snake charmers to henna tattooists. Look to the west and you’ll see the Koutoubia Mosque, one of the tallest buildings in the old town, standing proudly over the city – a spectacular sight.

Walk north from Jemaa El Fna Square and you'll encounter the famous souks - or markets - of the city. Marrakech has the largest traditional souks in all of Morocco.

Although Medina might be considered the main event by most tourists, there’s still plenty to do and see off the beaten track. Visit the Bahia Palace, with its beautiful courtyards, and Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, an ancient Muslim school known for its interior and detailed wall decorations. The adjacent Musée de Marrakech is also worth a visit, with grand collections of Moroccan and Islamic art.

Looking for a more European experience? Try visiting the newer areas of the city for trendy boutique shops and restaurants.

When evening descends, visit Djemaa El-Fna, a city square packed with local outdoor eateries and stalls. Spices and smoke fill the square while thousands of locals and tourists cram in for a bite to eat. The stalls are supervised by the government, but it's still a good idea to pay attention to what you eat.

Marrakech sits at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, which, if you’re a more determined hiker, are well worth a climb. Of course, long hikes and exploring cities is much harder under a blistering sun, so we recommend visiting during the winter when daytime temperatures are milder and the evenings are cool.

Where to stay in Marrakech

Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis
Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis
4 out of 5
Semlalia BP 525, Route de Casablanca, Marrakech
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £40 per night from 23 May to 23 May
This family-friendly Marrakech hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Le Grand Casino de la Mamounia, Avenue Mohamed VI and Carré Eden Shopping ...
3.2/5 (960 reviews)
"I’ve been coming to the same hotel for over four years, I have never been disappointed by the service or the staff. I am definitely returning to this hotel in two months time. Faycal Benjamaa"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2020

Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis
Kenzi Rose Garden
Kenzi Rose Garden
5 out of 5
Avenue du Président Kennedy, Marrakech
The price is £93 per night from 22 May to 22 May
Located in Hivernage, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Mohamed VI, Menara Mall, and Palais des Congres. Marrakech Plaza and Carré Eden ...
3.7/5Good! (17 reviews)
"The changes made renovating the rooms and related stuff were fantastic. However restauration accommodations could do with some more work. Overall the stay was very pleasant"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020

Kenzi Rose Garden
2Ciels Boutique Hotel & SPA
2Ciels Boutique Hotel & SPA
4 out of 5
Street Oued El Makhazine, Corner Imam Chafai, Gueliz, Marrakech
The price is £108 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Located in Gueliz, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Tennis Harti and Palais des Congres. Koutoubia Minaret is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Marrakech ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (607 reviews)
"Beautiful place and very nice staff"

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

2Ciels Boutique Hotel & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
4 out of 5
No. 2, Avenue Mohmed V Angle Blvd., Rue Ibn Aicha, Marrakech
The price is £43 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Gueliz, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avenue Mohamed VI and Carré Eden Shopping Center. Marrakech Plaza and Palais des Congres are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (68 reviews)
"Outdated design and very noisy. Reception did not acknowledge our prepaid reservation saying the don’t work with the online agency (Orbitz). I had to make an extra deposit to be able to check in. Later they corrected themselves. Reception cannot be reached by phone. If you let it ring they pick up ..."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2019

Les Ambassadeurs Appart Hotel
Domaine Rosaroum
Domaine Rosaroum
5 out of 5
Sidi Yahia La Palmeraie, Le Domaine Rosaroum, Marrakech
The price is £340 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Palmeraie, this luxury villa is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Musée Aman pour la Civilsation de l'Eau au Maroc and within 6 miles (10 km) of Marrakech Plaza ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
Amazing Propery
"Stayed in Villa 14 & it was amazing. The service daily, the chef and the property were all immaculate. It’s great even for American standards. My only precaution would be if you’re afraid of bugs and the occasional lizard have someone else with you. As a kid I always dealt with this in a rural town ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2019

Domaine Rosaroum
Palmeraie Dar Atlas
Palmeraie Dar Atlas
4.5 out of 5
Douar El Garni, El Ouidane, Marrakech, Marrakech
Situated in Marrakech, this luxury villa is within 9 miles (15 km) of Museum Palmeraie, Agdal Gardens and Bahia Palace. Royal Palace and Le Jardin Secret are ...
Palmeraie Dar Atlas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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