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Minarets, mosaics and mountains
Marrakech aims to inspire with timeless tradition wrapped in contemporary luxury. A fabulous fusion of Africa and Asia, the city offers a true sensory experience, where you’ll be enchanted by the spice soaked markets and kaleidoscope of colours that Morocco is famous for. What’s more, the staggering Atlas Mountains shadow the city, providing a mesmerising backdrop, while drawing keen hikers to explore its snow capped peaks and valleys.
Perfect for couples, friends and solo adventurers alike, with plenty to do and see, it's known as the Red City due to its rose red 12th Century walls. Discover the vibrant souks of the city, where rows of spices, trinkets and colourful carpets all beg to be explored. There is also a plethora of mosques, palaces and royal gardens to discover, as well as museums and art galleries.
Spend your days wandering the many narrow streets and marketplaces, dipping into traditional cafés for a refreshing mint tea or indulging in a delicious dish of lamb tagine with caramelised plums.
Holidays in Marrakech promise a charming escape to a world of bustling markets, stunning mountain backdrops and modern luxury. While Marrakech is lively, there’s plenty of opportunity to indulge in relaxation, as traditional Hammam spas can be found all over the city. Opt to explore the Majorelle gardens, commissioned by Yves Saint Laurent, where you’ll find a zen bamboo forest and an impressive collection of cacti.
Marrakech is home to a range of luxury hotels, but Sovereign recommends a stay at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech. This hotel is perfect for honeymoons and romantic escapes, boasting a luxurious spa, as well as a range of delicious restaurants. Rooms and suites are spacious with colourful Moroccan architecture and the nearby Atlas Mountains provide a world class view.
La Maison Arabe, which has seen visitors such as Winston Churchill and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, sits in the heart of the vibrant medina and offers two gourmet restaurants, a piano bar and a spa and wellness centre for the ultimate taste of luxury. Alternatively, opt to stay at the Riad Kniza, which treats its guests to a traditional Moroccan experience close to the bustling Djemaa el-Fina square, with cafés serving mint tea.
Morocco is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Marrakech airport to Marrakech is approximately 15 minutes.
There are no two ways about it: Morocco is a scorcher. Summers can get up to 40°C in July and August, although in coastal areas like Agadir, you’ve got the sea breeze taking the edge off. The heat is more tolerable in spring and autumn, when averages hover in the mid-20s. Remember to pack a jacket, though – things can cool down rapidly once the sun goes down.
Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Morocco.
There are no specific rules for tipping in Morocco. An upmarket restaurant may add on a service charge, so check your bill carefully. Otherwise, aim to leave around 10%. In taxis, it’s acceptable to just round up the fare. It’s a good idea to have some small change on you for paying taxis and tipping guides.
The official language of Morocco is Arabic. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.