- Marrakech Luxury holidays
Marrakech is often thought of as Morocco's biggest city, but it is in fact the fourth-largest. Nor is it the capital city - that is Rabat - although it does serve as the administrative capital of the Marrakesh-Asfi region in the mid-southwest of Morocco. It is, however, one of the four important Imperial Cities of Morocco, and served as the country's capital for around 200 years from the 11th century onwards.
Marrakech - rub shoulders with history
One of the great attractions of Morocco for holidaymakers is the combination of ancient fortified cities with more modern neighbourhoods nestled alongside them. Head to the old town to discover the medina, the heart of Marrakech where the street vendors sell their produce. The souk is a unique shopping experience, where traditional crafts are on show with Western influences – in particular, the style of clothes for sale. You can easily spend a day just exploring the souk and the medina quarter, while picking up some souvenirs along the way.
Enjoy the sweetness of a Marrakech tajine
The city is suRounded by fruit plantations, including lemon and orange groves, as well as olives, and all of these are apparent in the cuisine on offer in Marrakech. Like elsewhere in Morocco, the tajine is the traditional meal, and this at its heart is a stew of meat or fish, although there are vegetarian options available with chickpeas providing the substance.
A typical Marrakech tajine contains a large number of spices, potentially dozens combined into a premixed blend called Ras el hanout or 'Head of the shop'. Into this goes the meat, but also sweet flavours such as citrus fruits and preserved lemons, as well as olives, vegetables and yet more individual spices.
When should I visit Marrakech?
This is one destination where your decision of when to visit might not be based entirely on the local calendar of events or on the climate, but instead on feeling the pull of Marrakech itself. Many first-time visitors are drawn to this historic city without really knowing why, and a large proportion return for subsequent trips in the future too. If you do want to decide based on the climatic conditions, then the spring and late autumn are mild, whereas the midsummer is quite hot with temperatures close to 30°C on average.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays offer something for every kind of holidaymaker. If it’s pure relaxation you’re after, you’ll find plenty of amazing amenities at your luxury hotel. If it’s the incredible red valley and Atlas Mountain views you’re dreaming of, just hit the open road in a 4x4 Jeep and have your own unique adventures. The great thing about luxury holidays is that they have something to offer for both adventurers and sun worshippers. Paying that little extra just means you get to make the most of it. Luxury holidays in Marrakesh are a feast for all the senses. You’ll find delicious street food, vibrant shopping in the medina, and plenty of culture. It’s the perfect destination for a luxury city break.