There are so many things to do in Marrakech but below are some of the things we have done and would recommend to friends visiting for the first time.
You cannot go to Marrakech without visiting the souk and what an experience. Prepare for a sensory overload. Situated off the Place Jemma El Fna this is a feast for your eyes and a shopping experience like no other. Colourful displays of goods and food for sale adorn every street and you will certainly find something to bring back home. Favourites have included ceramics, tea glasses, hand woven baskets, wooden boxes, lanterns, slippers and beautiful kaftans and throws. Haggling is a must and don't buy the first thing you see as you will no doubt find the same thing further down the road. It can seem like a maze but there will always be people on hand to guide you back to the main square.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the souk, but a favourite during the day is Cafe des Epices and for an early evening drink visit Kosy Bar’s roof top terrace.
Architecture and cultural sights
Wherever you are in Marrakech there will be something of beauty to admire, be it the majesty of the Koutoubia, the Bahia Palace, my personal favourite the Ali Ben Youssef Madersa or simply a carved doorway. The musee de Marrakech is also worth a visit.
After a morning at the souk, enter a world of tranquility and relaxation with a trip to a Hammam. Scrubbed and cleaned in a steam room finishing off with a massage you will leave silky smooth, sleepy and walking on air.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to one of the many gardens in Marrakech. There are plenty to choose from including the Agdal, Menara and Koutoubia Gardens, the Jardin Majorelle and Le Jardin Secret in the medina.
This is probably the most beautiful waterpark that we have ever been to and love returning to it every time we are in Marrakech. It is suitable for young and old alike. The rides are surrounded by beautiful gardens and it is easy to forget that you are actually in a water park. There are plenty of sun loungers to rent as well as Loges where you can base yourself and have something to eat. The pizzas are delicious. Showers and changing rooms are also available.
Summers in Marrakech are hot and dry, reaching 38℃. Sun is all year round with occasional rainfall falling from October to March. Marrakech's long temperate winters from November to April have pleasant average temperatures of 22℃.
Arabic and French
Marrakech is in Greenwich Meantime and there is no daylight saving.
Electricity is 220 volts and wall outlets take the standard, two pin European Plug.