Marrakech makes for a pretty unique city break destination.
After all, it boasts lively souks selling everything from spices to clothes, a vibrant culinary scene, and some seriously spectacular landmarks; Jardin Marjorelle with its picture-perfect gardens, the Bahia Palace and the bustling Jama El f'na Market to name a few).
Plus with a flight time of less than four hours from the UK, and year-round balmy and sunny weather, it can be a great option for Brits looking for a short break.
The city's high energy takes a bit of getting used to, and it can feel a bit daunting to try and pick out the highlights – so we've done the leg work for you.
We've picked out some of the top things to see and do in Marrakech on a city break – check out the full list below…
1. Jama El f'na Market
The main square is where you'll find all of the hustle and bustle, with plenty of vendors selling everything from clothes to food, not to mention the snake charmers and musicians who can also be found here.
It's well worth heading to the market in the evening, when it transforms into an absolute foodie haven with stalls selling all manners of spices, local dishes and snacks.
Be warned that, unsurprisingly, it can get very crowded!
2. The souks
You might want to pack an extra suitcase, as a stroll through any of Marrakech's souks is bound to come with plenty of temptations. Ornate household decorations, beautiful fabrics and eye-catching kitchenware are just some of the pretty goods you'll find.
It's well worth booking a guided tour so you can check out some of the highlights and avoid getting lost (ask your travel agent or hotel for recommendations). Want to explore on your own? Make a plan before you set off to make sure you don't miss the best bits!
3. Jardin Majorelle
If you're after a peaceful haven away from Marrakech's hustle and bustle, this two and a half acre botanical garden could be just the place.
Created by Jacques Majorelle, the garden and house was bought by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960s, and the designer lived there for a time.
Nowadays, it's open to the public who can take in the ornate architecture, colourful surroundings and picture-perfect landscaped gardens. Oh, and fashion fans may want to check out the Yves Saint Laurent Museum too.
Holidays are all about getting that precious R&R, and Marrakech's Hammams offer the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself.
There are a mix of both public and private ones, and they are often found next to Mosques due to their religious connections. The bathing ritual has been around for centuries, and if you want to see it for yourself there are public ones you can pay to enter.
5. Menara Gardens
These botanical gardens are located to the west of Marrakech, towards the Atlas mountains (in fact, you can take in views of the landscape from the impressive pavilion).
The landscaped park offers everything from picturesque olive trees to a wide promenade with plenty of vendors selling everything from souvenirs to drinks.
Because the park is quite large, it can be a bit quieter than other Marrakech hotspots, making it popular with locals.
6. Mamounia Hotel
Want to add a touch of luxury to your break? The 5-star Mamounia Hotel is famed for its opulent interiors, sumptuous gardens and delectable afternoon tea offering. Situated right by the main square, it's an ideal spot for relaxing in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city.
This breathtaking palace complex never fails to wow visitors thanks to its intricate architecture, colourful features and picturesque gardens.
Built in the 19th century, Bahia Palace is located near the Medina and well worth a visit.
8. Saadian Tombs
These tombs served as the final resting places of royalty dating back to the time of Saadian dynasty. They remained abandoned for centuries until being re-discovered in 1917.
Nowadays they have been renovated and are open to the public, so you can wander through taking in the impressive mosaics and ornate architecture.
9. El Badii Palace
History buffs may want to leave space on the itinerary for these impressive palace ruins, which offer a glimpse into Moroccan history while also making for some pretty impressive views.
You don't need to spend too long exploring this area – it can easily be visited in under an hour if you're only in the city for a few days.
10. Koutobia Mosque
The largest mosque in Marrakech is located right by the main square and offers beautiful landscaped gardens you can wander through, and you can take tours of the exterior.
However, it's worth noting that you won't be able to enter unless you are Muslim as it's still an active religious site.
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