Holidays to Marrakech offer up more colour than a HD TV. Prepare for amber desert sands, blush city walls and spices in every colour of the rainbow…
The Red City
Souks stacked with spices. Mosques with towering minarets. And street scenes starring acrobats and dancers. Marrakech – AKA the Red City – is worlds away from your average Med resort, but that’s all part of the pull. And at less than a four-hour hop from the UK, it’s closer than you think.
Most of the action takes place in the medina. Plum in the middle you’ll find the town square, Jemaa el-Fna. While this place isn’t much to write home about during the day, come sundown it transforms into a circus of fire-breathing showmen, dare-devil acrobats and storytellers weaving their magic over the crowds.
When it comes to retail therapy, there’s only one place to head. The maze of market that fill the lanes around Jemaa el-Fna are packed with stalls selling everything from brass lanterns to beaded slippers.
Old meets new
Outside the walls of the medina, you’ll find Guéliz, the ‘new town’. In these parts, you’re more likely to find smart restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
The heady scent of fresh mint is everywhere in Morocco
because the ritual of sitting down for a glass of super-sweet mint tea is big in these parts. Moroccans like their tea bubbly, so the traditional silver teapots have curved spouts so the liquid can be poured from a height.