Marrakech

Overview

Marrakech exudes exoticism. From the red ochre paint that earned it the name, The Red City, to the labyrinth alleys of the Unesco-listed medina to the brightly coloured spice stalls of the souks: it’s a city of romance and intrigue that has captured the hearts of weary travellers for centuries.

At its heart lies Djemaa El Fna, one of the word’s great urban squares. As the sun sinks to a call to prayer soundtrack, food stalls appear, serving every imaginable delicacy from charcoal-barbequed kebabs to the (maybe too exotic…) sheep brains. Snake charmers tease hypnotised cobras from wicker baskets, acrobats and storytellers entertained the crowds, the drums bang and medicine men hawk cure-all-your-ailments potions.

Narrow streets twisting away from the north end of the square lead into a vast maze of markets. This is where Marrakech’s reputation for world-class shopping is evident, with countless stores selling exquisite leatherwork, woodwork, ceramics and, of course, carpets.

It’s a city of great Islamic architecture too; no more so than in the magnificent 12th century Koutoubia Mosque with its iconic spiralling minaret visible for miles around.

For a change of pace from the medina, head to the new town of Guéliz, with its long boulevards lined with pavement cafés, upmarket French restaurants, designer clothing stores and art galleries.

As for accommodation for, few cities can match the luxury converted-riad boutiques of Marrakech with their internal courtyards and gardens. With a luxury holiday to Marrakech from Lightfoot Travel, you’ll receive expert and impartial advice on where to stay and what to include on your bespoke itinerary.

Marrakech Itineraries

Marrakech in a Weekend

Marrakech, Morocco

If you only have three or four days off, Marrakech is the perfect destination for a city break. Famous for the vibrancy of its medina, it is a sprawling lattice of narrow alleyways and count…

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Marrakech Properties

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Amanjena

Marrakech, Morocco

Located in the peaceful Palmeraie area of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gateway to the Sahara Desert, Amanjena is the first Aman resort on the African continent. Set within an oasis of palms an…

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Four Seasons Resort Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

This luxury resort is nestled amid an exotic 40-acre walled garden in the heart of the ancient city of Marrakech in Morocco. Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is a serene and elegant oasis that …

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La Mamounia

Marrakech, Morocco

Set in 20-acre verdant gardens within the walls of the Old Medina, moments from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square and Koutoubia Mosque, La Mamounia is the grande dame of Marrakech, a legendary …

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La Sultana Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

La Sultana Marrakech in Morocco is a  5-star Deluxe hotel ideally located within the walled medina of the old city, a stone's throw from royal palaces, souks and museums, and 10 minutes wa…

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Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

Nestled in 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and olive groves, overlooking the Atlas Mountains, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is a five-star luxury resort just minutes from the heart of the cit…

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Riad El Fenn

Marrakech, Morocco

Situated within the Medina in Marrakech, Morocco, Riad El Fenn is a super-stylish, boutique riad hotel featuring a remarkable blend of traditional Moroccan architecture and contemporary chic…

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Villa des Orangers

Marrakech, Morocco

Situated at the foot of the Koutoubia Mosque in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco, Villa des Orangers offers an exceptional setting within the medina and a wonderful base from which to explore…

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