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6 reasons to travel to Marrakech

1. The Rose Festival
Located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains lies Dades Valley of Roses, where the fields are full of sweet-scented Damascus roses. Taking advantage of the beautiful blooms, The Rose Festival takes place each year on the second weekend in May and with the Valley just four hours’ drive from Marrakech, it really is one amazing weekend. Traders from all over the region come to sell their hand-crafted products and homemade delicacies, and local chefs delight with their scrumptious feasts. Lively traditional performances by local groups entertain the crowd and the winner of the Miss Rose contest parades through the crowd on a beautiful float under a shower of rose-petals.

Rose
 

2. Marrakech By Air
What better way to begin the day than watching the sun rise over the unique landscape of Marrakech from a hot air balloon. Marrakech By Air tours begin at sunrise to allow you five hours of adventure and will leave you with amazing memories to last a lifetime. After floating through the sky, headed wherever the wind takes you, the balloon will touch down in the dunes of the desert where you will experience a traditional Moroccan breakfast before heading off on a spectacular camel excursion. While children under two are not permitted, the baskets hold four to eight people so there’s plenty of room for the whole family to join in the fun.

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3. The delicious food
If traditional Moroccan food is what you’re after, you simply cannot go past Azar Restuarant . Located on a small quiet street, Azar gives you a chance to escape the chaos of the city - even if just for a couple of hours - for an experience where the food is amazing, the service memorable and the décor inspiring. Not to mention the traditional dancers who perform with a small ensemble of musicians, captivating the diners with their beautiful melodies. Another spectacular restaurant, Amal , is run by the Amal Women’s Training Centre, a non-profit organisation who teach traditional cooking skills to disadvantaged women. Open for lunch only, seven days a week, the women serve mouth-watering meals to an average of 100 customers daily. Their professional attitude and lovely service are also a huge part of why this restaurant is so successful.

Azar

4. Local souks (markets)
The souks of Marrakech are an unforgettable experience not to be missed. They are a vibrant, colourful place where you’re just as likely to find an amazing collection of spices as you are to buy a beautiful new carpet or end up with a monkey perched on your shoulder. The souks are rife with the melodies of musicians, laughter of the magician’s audience, the shrill cries of gypsies and soft brushstrokes of artists as they capture the chaos around them. Amongst all this, the stalls have literally everything for sale, from delicious food and gorgeous home décor to brightly coloured shawls and traditional trinkets. One thing to remember is that vendors love to barter and don’t forget to say no if you’re not interested otherwise they’ll likely begin to follow you, all the while bellowing about their bargains.

Souk
 

5. The unbelievable accommodation
Riad L’Orangerie is without a doubt an absolutely amazing place to stay while in Marrakech, harmoniously combining traditional decor, tranquil ambiance and spectacular service with a central location perfect for exploring the Medina. For an exquisite experience with an almost regal feel, La Mamounia is the place to stay. The stunning traditional architecture is so tastefully executed, while the beautiful gardens and glittering pool are so enticing, you might never want to leave. Any reservations you might have about staying at a luxury hotel with small children will be dispelled at Selman Luxury Hotel and Stables. Their amazing nanny service ensures your little ones have the time of their life exploring the hotel and its surrounds, while you spend an afternoon, or two, relaxing at the heavenly spa. A visit to the horse stables is a magical experience where the sleek Arabians prance around their paddocks and you'll encounter an experience like no other as the thoroughbreds put on a show for diners at the restaurant.

Selman

Selman Luxury Hotel & Stables

La Mamounia

La Mamounia

 

6. Mawazine Festival
Running annually from 20 to 28 May, the Mawazine Festival is an eclectic lineup of Moroccan and Arabic musicians, along with internationally renowned celebrities and performers - Elton John, J-Lo, Pharell Williams are just some of the big names to perform in recent years. With various locations for easy accessibility, the event also features fun workshops, lively street performances and, in good news for your budget, 90 per cent of all shows are free of charge. While all the events are held in Rabat, it is only a three hour drive from Marrakech and kids of all ages are welcome, although those under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Mawazine
 

Hot Tip


Late March to June and September to November are the best times to visit Morocco as rainfall is decreasing and it’s not yet too hot. Rainfall is at its highest in December to January and the temperature is an average of 15 degrees Celsius. The weather in May is perfect for families travelling throughout Morocco. The average temperature is 21 degrees Celsius and rainfall levels are minimal as Morocco officially enters the summer season. This, combined with an average 10 hours of sunlight each day, should ensure an amazing trip for the whole family.

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