Marrakech is a great option if you are looking for a slightly more exotic destination than the Mediterranean. With access by British Airways or Easyjet via Gatwick and a flying time of 3 hours, it is ideal for a short break or a whole week. The best time to go is either in spring or autumn, when you get guaranteed sunshine and bearable temperatures. Summer is far too hot (particularly if travelling with children) and whilst winter is often warm and quiet, it does get pretty cold at night. You can stay in a funky riad in the heart of the Medina, or a more spacious villa in the beautiful La Palmerie, just 10 mins from the centre. There is so much to do in the area, from sand dune quad biking tours, walking in the Atlas mountains and hot air balloon rides, to guided shopping tours and soaking up the local culture in Jemaa el-Fnaa (the busiest square in Africa) - the variety of options is endless.
TOP TIP - organise your airport transfer through your accomodation and beware when booking taxis during your stay as they can't drive too close to the centre and as always, agree prices before you get in the car.
FAVOURITE HOTEL - Marrakech offers an excellent variety of accommdation from intimate central riads (priced from £30 per night) to palatial villas with teams of staff. Our top pick is the fabulous Ezzahra, which sleeps 16 and comes fully catered with an army of 17 staff (including 2 spa therapists on call 8am-8pm!). Although relatively expensive it is a fraction of the cost of a similar property in the Mediterranean.
BEST ATTRACTION - Anyone visiting Marrakech must visit Jemaa el-Fnaa, the bustling hub of the city. By day, there is haggling and shopping to be done, but it really comes to life at night and takes on a totally different atmosphere. The food stalls are packed with locals and tourists alike, and the local musicians and snake charmers all add to the attraction.
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