Whether bargain hunting in the souks, romantic courtyard dining or enjoying a joint-cracking massage in a hammam - state your wish on a Marrakech city break and it shall be granted. Book a Marrakech hotel and sink into this fascinating city.
Dodging donkey carts, slurping mint tea and haggling are expected in Marrakech's souks, the mazy urban market north of Djemaa el Fna square. Find Berber carpets, pick up wood carvings or try on twinkling babouches (slippers). Framed by apothecaries selling miracle ‘cures’ for ageing and arthritis, bewitching Rahba Qedima is the place to head for bathing essentials like olive-based savon noir soap. Well-heeled locals shop for couture kaftans and genuine antiques in Mouassine, or head to modern Guéliz for innovative Moroccan art galleries and designer boutiques.
For authentic Moroccan flavours, pick one of the grill stands on Djemaa el Fna square at dusk to watch acrobats and snake charmers while tucking into kebabs or chickpea soup. Orange trees shade intimate riad courtyards where burbling fountains and strumming lute players set the scene for Moroccan diffas (feasts). Sample lamb stews accompanied by saffron-infused couscous, or snack on crisp pigeon-filled pastries. Belly dancers, shisha pipes and DJs attract partygoers to Hivernage's glitzy supper clubs.