Marrakech at night
Marrakech building
Camel on a beach at sunset

Two takes on Marrakech
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By Glasgow Airport
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Thursday September 10, 2015

Whether you’re planning an extended holiday to Marrakech from Glasgow Airport or only have time to squeeze in a short trip, we’ve got the lowdown on how to get beneath the skin of this sultry Moroccan city.

On a whirlwind city break…


Souk up the atmosphere

Wandering through the exotic jumble of stalls and boutiques that sprawls northwards from Jemaa El Fna square is the perfect introduction to Marrakech life. Most tourists linger on the northern edge of the Medina, but follow either Rue Semarine or Rue Mouassine into its commercial heart and you’ll discover a fascinating array of local-centric retail cubicles selling everything from snails and spices to carpets, cotton and kaftans.


Step into the garden

When the frenetic urban pace gets too much, retreat to one of Marrakech’s flower-filled secret gardens. The Jardin Majorelle (Rue Yves Saint Laurent) was once owned by iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent and draws big crowds with its unique combination of Moorish and art deco design. Keen to escape the hordes? Take a stroll around the shaded walkways that surround luxury hotel La Mamounia (Avenue Bab Jdid), or relax with a picnic at Cyber Parc (Avenue Mohammed V).


Eat, drink and be merry

Marrakech’s growing reputation as a capital of cool rests largely on the city’s burgeoning dining scene. Join the hipsters for lunch under the banana palms of Le Jardin (32 Souk El-Jeld), sample the mouth-watering tasting menu at Gastro MK (14 Derb Sebaai), or indulge in a classic Moroccan feast at Al Fassia (55 boulevard Zerktouni). Then grab a cocktail at legendary roof terrace bar Kechmara (3 rue de la Liberté) and watch the sun set over the city.


On a longer stay…


Hike in the High Atlas

Just a two-hour drive from Marrakech, the craggy peaks of the High Atlas Mountains are a paradise for hikers and climbers. Lace up your walking boots and make for the Imlil Valley, which is within easy day-trip distance of the city and boasts a network of dazzlingly scenic trails. For the more adventurous there are multi-day treks on offer, with the option of staying in a traditional mud-built Berber village.


Hit the museum trail

Delve a little deeper into the history and culture of Morocco with a day of fascinating museum hopping. Start at the Musée de Marrakech in the Mnebhi Palace (Place Ben Youssef), once home to Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz’s defence minister and now packed with a treasure trove of traditional objects. The Musée Dar Si Said (Derb Si Said) showcases the historic work of Moroccan master artisans, while Galerie Rê (Résidence Al Andalous III, Corner of Rue de la Mosquée and Rue Ibn Toumert) is a temple to modern art.


Kick back and relax

After all that intense exploring, leave yourself a little time to unwind with a trip to one of the city’s famous hammams. Hammam Dar el-Bacha (20 rue Fatima Zohra) is the largest in the city and a great choice if you want to socialise with the locals, while 17th-century Hammam Bab Doukkala (Rue Bab Doukkala) offers a chance to enjoy a little piece of Marrakech history. Opulent La Sultana Spa  (Rue de la Kasbah), though, is the number one choice for travellers in search of some serious luxe.


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