Luxury holidays in Marrakech

Its blushing medina walls earn Marrakech the nickname of the Red City, but dive within and you’ll find a swirling rainbow of colour and culture. The souks are your one-stop shop for souvenirs – follow the locals to the quieter streets for artisanal treasures – then take your pick of zellige-tiled palaces and towering minarets, or join the party in Djemaa el Fna. Beyond the medina, mingle with the city’s high-fliers and art-insiders in glitzy Gueliz; cool off under the fronds of the sprawling Palmeraie; or bask in the cobalt oasis of the Jardin Majorelle.

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When to go

The souks are a dream for Christmas shopping, but the festive season is Marrakech’s prime time, so crowds and prices are at their peak. Summer is sweltering, but spring and autumn hit the sunny sweet spot – October, November and February are ideal months to visit.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Marrakech Menara Airport is a 15-minute drive from the city centre, with direct flights from London, Paris and other major European cities.
  • Automobiles

    All hotels can organise a pick-up from the airport, so skip the car rental and leave navigating the hectic city traffic to the professionals.