Morocco (Marrakech) – A City of Total Contrasts & Romance
We offer s selection of really luxurious upscale resorts on the outskirts of the city, contemporary hotels within easy walk of the traditional areas, and within the atmospheric medina some incredible riads (See footnote). And just 90 minutes drive away you can have a wonderful experience high up in the Atlas Mountains, usually snow capped in the winter months. Flying time is just under 4 hours.
Marrakech is a popular year round destination, as sightseeing rather than lazing by the pool is the main activity. The most popular months tend to be February through to June and Mid-September to October when the days are generally bright and sunny with pleasant evenings. The mid-summer months can be hot and humid, especially in the souks. November to January can see bright crisp days, with snow experienced on the outlying Atlas Mountains.
Arguably one of the most romantic cities in the world. A city of total contrasts and cultures, large market squares, bustling alleyways and crowded souks when your senses will be awaken. A great place to explore. Djemaa El Fna square (pictured below) is probably the starting point and captures the flavour of Morocco instantly. music, singing, snake charmers, exotic fruits and people! Dining is a real treat (ask your hotel concierge for suggestions). The shopping is interesting, even if you do not purchase much, it still offers a real sense of excitement.
If We Were To Be Critical...
You do need to be streetwise, and be prepared to haggle. Luxury and abject poverty, hedonism and traditional values, live side by side. Taxis drivers can be particularly irritating – you haggle before, during and frequently at end of each journey. Be polite when taking pictures of people and ask permission first. Most will happily oblige , some will not – and in a few cases money will be demanded.
Riad Reality – The Riads are generally found within the old medina area. These were traditionally grand merchant houses, built on several floors with the emphasis on stone and marble, using with a fountain in the centre. You are literally in the heart of authentic Arabia, you can enjoy the luxury and personality of their unique style – many now have their own swimming pool and roof top lounge areas – yet just outside it is all hustle and bustle, with donkeys more favoured than cars. For the curious traveller wanting to experience the real Morocco, they are perfect, maybe not if you are intimidated by the unusual. With many the lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms tends to be romantic rather than practical.