Luxury Villas Marrakech, Morocco

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Step outside your luxury Marrakech villa and you’ll find museums, galleries, gardens and palaces abound. But the heart is the Medina - lose yourself in the 3000 winding ‘derbs’, with the piles of rugs, metalwork lanterns, leather pouffes and spices. Afterwards, relax in one of the many hammams, with a steam and scrub before dinner.

Make sure you experience at least once the Djemaa el-Fna, where you can grab food from one of the stalls and watch snake charmers, acrobats, monkeys and more as the sun sets over the square.

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Destination Guide: Marrakech

About Marrakech

Arriving in Marrakech is an invigorating assault on the senses. Vibrant colours dazzle your eyes. From the azure skies to the dusky pink of the city walls. From the piles of rainbow-hued rugs and clothing to colourful mounds of fragrant spices. A swirl of noise surrounds you, from the Muezzin’s calls to the buzzing of mopeds and the cries of shopkeepers selling their wares in the narrow twisting alleys.

Of course, all this hubbub is concentrated in the throbbing heart of the city, the old town, known as the Medina. Marrakech has plenty of other attractive districts with their own, more contemporary, style. Once you’ve had your fill of historic palaces and museums, and spent time in the UNESCO world heritage site of Djemaa El Fna, it’s worth discovering the other side of Marrakech. For example, a host of Mediterranean style cafes, trendy restaurants and cool, contemporary boutiques can be found in the Ville Nouvelle district of the city, built in the 1930s.

Marrakech also has an abundance of beautiful gardens to discover, despite being surrounded by desert. The classical design of the Majorelle gardens form a tranquil oasis in the midst of town, and the Menara gardens are just outside the city. Day trips to the Atlas Mountains give rise to all sorts of exciting possibilities. There are Berber markets, rivers waterfalls and amazing scenery, and there’s even a small ski resort.

Best places to eat and drink in Marrakech

There’s no shortage of local restaurants in Marrakech serving up freshly made local dishes such as fragrant couscous and slow-cooked tagines. There are also plenty of Italian pizzerias and French restaurants. Marrakech has everything from romantic terraces with tinkling fountains, grand and formal dining rooms, and intimate family-run eateries.

Hotel La Mamounia has two exquisite Michelin starred restaurants, one serving French cuisine and the other Italian. There are also several award-winning chefs working their magic in Marrakech, such as Yannick Alleno at the Royal Mansour, and one of the most popular chic eatery is Gastro MK at the Maison MK hotel. Be aware, however, that most restaurants here do not serve alcoholic drinks.

Finally, a visit to Marrakech would not be complete without sampling the night restaurant stalls in Jemaa El Fna– it’s a real culinary adventure. Just plonk yourself down on a bench around one of the makeshift café stalls and experience the true taste of Morocco.

Best time to visit Marrakech

Visitors come to Marrakech all year round. The best times are Spring and Autumn when the days are warm and sunny. The Summer heat can rise to around 40 degrees C, and many shops and restaurants close for Ramadan in August. In Winter, the weather usually remains sunny but temperatures are cool, particularly at night. Check out the various events in Marrakech to coincide with your visit, such as the Arts festival, film festival and even a grand prix road race.

What we love about Marrakech

Marrakech offers such a vibrant contrast, yet is within such easy reach. The joyful chaos and exotic charm of this north African country is a real tonic for weary souls.