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Marrakech, the capital of Morocco, occupies a tiny corner of the second-largest continent. Despite its small size, the Red City packs a heady punch of colour, flavour and history – a feast for every sense.

At one time, Marrakech was the centre of trade for sub-Saharan Africa. Artisans still sell their wares in the Medina, a labyrinthine neighbourhood of alleyways and marketplaces. In Djemaa El Fna square, you'll find local entertainers and storytellers showing off their skills as people bargain for handwoven rugs, try on babouches and test out argan oil-based cosmetics.

A famous Marrakech sight is stalls piled high with spices like cumin, ginger and tumeric – bright flavours that make Moroccan cuisine pop. Sit down at a local restaurant for a taste of couscous or tagine – a type of slow-cooked stew – and a cup of mint tea.

With its palaces and mosques, Marrakech feels like an open-air museum. At Bahia Palace, you'll see intricate plasterwork and zouak ceilings. The Saadian Tombs – a burial place for sultans – features impressive archways and honeycomb muqarnas. Majorelle Garden provides a dose of calm with its tranquil courtyards and striking villa.

The beauty of Marrakech isn't just limited to what lies within its walls. Head a few hours outside the city, and you'll be in the Atlas Mountains, home to Berber villages and incredible natural sights like Ouzoud Falls. Elsewhere, you'll encounter sand as far as the eye can see. Camels provide a popular means of transport for navigating Morocco's barer landscapes.

Tonight

From $12 per night

This weekend

From $17 per night

Next weekend

From $12 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.04
Language Arabic
Average weekend price $100 per night
Average weekday price $103 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Beautiful and awesome city.

August 8, 2022

Beautiful and awesome city. I was last there about 35 years ago and it has changed completely, its much more modern with an Arabic/African and French setting. Its so beautifull and things works and money wise cheaply . Will go back again with my grand children soon by the Grace of God.

alhaji nasiru
alhaji nasiru Nigeria
2.0

Unbelievable rude check in and long wait.

August 5, 2022

Unbelievable rude check in and long wait. I was asked to sit down and fill a form in and then waited 40mins for the receptionist to check me in on a room which was already paid for via Booking.com. Whilst I was waiting other local people that spoke the local language were being checked in before me whilst I had been waiting. It wasn't until I got up for a 2nd time to be asked to check in the receptionist clicked once on the booking computer and gave me the key card all which took less then a minute. I would never stay here again as the reception is the 'showcase' for the hotel. I would advise book elsewhere as there are nicer hotels which actually care about their overseas customers.

Enduero
Enduero United Kingdom
10

Exciting

August 3, 2022

Exciting A trip to the Atlas Mountains was great We ate 1 night at the Riad and other nights at a restaurant recommended by Abdessamad which was also very good. Moroccan food is delicious We walked everywhere Maybe next time we’ll go in a cooler season

Robyn
Robyn New Zealand
2.0

It may be a magical city as a lot of people describes it.

August 3, 2022

It may be a magical city as a lot of people describes it... for me, it wasn't. First of all, there are way too many people in the center (Medina), lots of scams, and lots of guides and shops trying to get you to buy something. Second, animals, the way they treat them is disgusting. Horses standing up for 20 hours a day without water at 47 degrees, and donkeys are used to transport heavy things. Both of these animals with deep wounds... Dead chicken heads in the middle of the street, monkeys in the center tied up so tourists can take photos. I enjoyed the trip to the waterfalls, other than that Marrakech is a cheap and nearby destination for those people that want to live an Aladin experience. And finally food, there is no hygiene at all, be careful with that too.

Kevin
Kevin
10

There is so much you can do in Marrakech, we only managed to...

August 1, 2022

There is so much you can do in Marrakech, we only managed to do part of it. It was very hot for July, so if you are planning on venturing out I would recommend earlier or later in the year when it is a bit cooler. Also visit places both in the day and at night, as the atmosphere is completely different. I would definitely recommend staying at a Riad to get the most authentic experience.

Rita
Rita United Kingdom
10

The red square is very different and although an enjoyable...

July 30, 2022

The red square is very different and although an enjoyable hustle, bustle and atmospheric experience with many interesting aspects, I found the treatment of snakes, monkeys and donkeys upsetting. Lovely people with super sense of humour.

alison
alison United Kingdom

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