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 countless stunning views. You’ll visit many historical sites including the Saadien Tombs and the El Badia Palace as well as experiencing the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Price Guide: From US$ 1,730 per person, based on two persons travelling (excluding flights).
Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech International Airport (RAK)
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your accommodation for the weekend – Villa Des Orangers. Situated right next to the Koutoubia Mosque in the heart of Marrakech, this hotel is the ideal base from which to explore this busy city.
The building has been transformed from someone’s lavish private home into a luxury boutique, however it has retained many intricate Moorish traditions throughout. It has a homely feel accentuated by the fusing together of contemporary styles and Moroccan touches.
Day 2: Walking City Tour of Historical Sites
Spend the day wandering through the maze-like streets, soaking up the liveliness of this forever-buzzing city. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque near your hotel which dominates the Marrakech skyline with its distinctive three golden balls atop the minaret, and learn the myths of how the three balls came to be there.
Go to the famous Saadien Tombs which contain the elaborate burial grounds of many wealthy sultans. The tomb halls are beautifully decorated with marble, delicate zellij mosaics made from glazed tiles and carved alabaster. The tombs remained hidden for many years and were largely unknown until an aerial survey revealed their location, and a narrow passage was cut through the surrounding wall.
Day 3: Exploring the Souks
The souks of Marrakesh fulfill most people’s Aladdin dreams of what an Arabian bazaar should be like. You will undoubtedly get lost, many times, so don’t rush it – enjoy it! It is split up into quarters depending on which craft is practiced there. Be sure to visit the colourful Dyer’s souk, as well as the freshly smelling Carpenter’s souk where you’ll watch furniture being created from scratch.
From the souks, head to the heart of Marrakech and the Djema El Fna, an irregular area of open ground. Possibly a former place of execution, it is now part market, part travelling fair: a dazzling array of entertainers congregate here every day. Think jugglers, musicians, mime-artists, fortune tellers and snake chargers, whilst vendors hand out freshly squeezed orange juice and all sorts of food. To appreciate it the most, find a seat on one of the rooftop terraces of surrounding cafes from where you can people-watch and soak it all up.
|Day 1:||Arrival at Marrakech International Airport (RAK)|
|Day 2:||Walking City Tour of Historical Sites|
|Day 3:||Exploring the Souks|