Heady and exuberant, Marrakech is a beguiling mix of ancient history, stunning architecture, exotic buys and
delicious cuisine. The city is divided into two distinct parts: the historical town known as the medina, a maze of narrow alleyways and souks; and the modern district called Gueliz, home to swanky shops and eateries.
Where to stay
From tented camps and traditional riad (garden courtyards) hotels to luxurious resorts, Marrakech has something to suit all tastes and budgets. Hotel La Mamounia is an oasis of calm and beauty in the middle of the bustling city, with its stunning gardens, exquisite décor and attentive staff.
What to do
Given its variety of souks, mosques, gardens and desert retreats, there is no shortage of sights to explore in and around Marrakech. A visit to Djemaa El-Fna is a must – with its convergence of snake charmers, street musicians, henna artists and hawkers, the busy square is straight out of the pages of “Arabian Nights.”
How to get there
Qatar, Etihad and Emirates operate flights to Casablanca via Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. There are multiple daily flight options between Casablanca and Marrakech, with a flight time of 50 minutes.