Attracting a fashionable crowd of winter sun seekers, Marrakech is an intoxicating city full of colour, diversity and culture. Against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, the pink walls of this old fortified city will captivate all who visit, as will the beautiful architecture, exotic gardens, rich history and sprawling markets.
A city of two halves, Marrakech is divided into contrasting districts; the Medina (Old City) founded nearly 1,000 years ago and the French-inspired Ville Nouvelle. Densely packed, the Medina’s maze-like alleys are full of architectural jewels like the Koutoubia Mosque, the Bandiâi Palace and the Saadian Tombs as well as thriving souks selling traditional textiles, pottery and jewellery. At its heart lies the famous Djemma el Fna, a central square dedicated to street entertainment and stalls that throng with locals and tourists alike.
Beyond traditional Marrakech, a modern 21st century city is fast developing. The Ville Nouvelle and the vibrant district of Gueliz has a flourishing art and music scene as well as a series of chic rooftop bars and clubs, gourmet restaurants, luxury spas and restored riads.
With temperatures reaching 42 °C in the height of summer, Marrakech is at its best in spring and autumn with almost guaranteed sunshine and more bearable temperatures.
Acting as a gateway to the Atlas mountains and the vast Sahara beyond, Marrakech offers endless possibilities. From desert treks to hiking in the Atlas mountains, this is a region full of fascinating sights and attractions just waiting to be explored.