Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Marrakech - Morocco Travel Guide
Soak up the sights and sounds of the souk.
•Just over hours 3.5 hours from most UK airports.
•Exotic Marrakech is a very trendy destination right now.
•You should travel to Marrakech while it is still relatively undiscovered.
•Famous for its souks (markets) and stunning architecture.
•Marrakech is ideal for just about everyone apart from very small children and stags and hens.
•It has beautiful riads, mosques, fountains and palaces.
We have some fantastic riads, hotels and spas in Marrakech.
•It is a perfect place to unwind, get pampered, enjoy a spa or a traditional hammam.
•Sightseeing in Marrakech: Djemaa el-Fna (Square of the Dead) bustles with snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and healers and in the evening there are food stalls selling wonderful food. The square leads to the souk which has different areas selling everything from exotic spices to beautiful rugs and carpets.
•The sights of Marrakech: Visit the Saadiens Tombs, the Palais Badiaa and the Koutoubia Minaret with is beautiful gardens in the old city.
•The Atlas Mountains: Explore the magnificent Atlas mountains, visit the Berber markets, the Toubkal massif, the national park, the Ourika Valley.
•Explore the Desert: Follow the original caravan trails through the Sahara desert by camel, 4by4, on foot (hiking expeditions) or by quad bike.
•Are there beaches in Marrakech? Yes. A bus ride away is the charming harbour town of Essaouira with a beautiful beach and art galleries. Great for wind and kite-surfing.
•Can you Ski in Marrakech? Yes!! Oukaimeden, which you can reach by taxi or hire a car is great in January and Feb.
•When is the best time to go to Marrakech?: Any time. It is sunny nearly all year round with no humidity and mild winters. The hottest time of the year is August and September. Winter can bring a lot of rain and the nights can be cold. Snow in the mountains.
•What can you do with kids in Marrakech? All of the above depending on their age and how adventurous you and they are. It's not a destination for toddlers but for older children, Marrakech has a lot to offer - the entertainment in the square, the beach, the history, the desert, the mountains. Plus there is the Oasiria Water park with water slides, wave machines, restaurants and a pirate ship for the little ones. Entry is just £10 including lunch.
•Do I need a visa to Marrakech?No
•What should I wear in Marrakech? Women should not dress provocatively, e.g. low cut tops, short skirts, bare midriff etc would not acceptable. A cardigan or fleece may be useful at night when it gets cooler.
•Nightlife in Marrakech Beyond the square is Gueliz, also known as the new city. Here you will find western style bars, bistros and nightclubs. There are also traditional local bars complete with belly dancers and alcohol is widely available. Although an Islamic country, Morocco has a fairly relaxed approach to drinking and most venues stay open late.
•How much should I tip in Marrakech? Services charges are usually included in hotel bills. Tip bar staff, waiters and hairdressers between 1-2 Moroccan Dirham (1MAD = 0.10 Euro)
•Holidays to Marrakech: We have an excellent choice of holidays in Marrakech.
•Hotels in Marrakech: We have excellent hotels in Marrakech, all with our lowest prices guaranteed.
•Cheap Flights to Marrakech: We have cheap flights to Marrakech. The flight takes just over 3 hours 30 minutes from UK airports.
•Car hire in Marrakech: There's so much to explore, you would be wise to hire a car. We can offer great deals on car hire in Marrakech so check us out when completing your holiday booking.
•Transfers to your hotel in Marrakech: We can book your transfers from the airport to your hotel in Marrakech. We can also book UK airport car parks online, plus travel insurance and currency exchange for your holiday.
•Marrakech Hotel Reviews: Written exclusively by genuine customers who have booked and stayed in the hotel.
Did you know? Marrakech has always attracted the artistic, talented and famous. Many famous people have had homes here including. Sean Connery, Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Gerard Depardieu, Matisse, Tolstoy and Elizabeth Taylor.
Posted by john at 05:45