The historic city of Marrakech attracts a fashionable crowd of winter sun-seekers, together with fashionistas, hedonists and idealists who travel in search of adventure amidst its souks, riads and chic bars. Morocco is not short on natural beauty either; there are the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, with North Africa’s highest peak (Jebel Toubkal) to conquer; the Sahara to trek through and the Dades Valley to witness – an Old Testament wilderness to rival the Grand Canyon.
The third largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is nicknamed the ‘Red City’ after the crimson colour of its ramparts, houses and monuments. An oasis in a desert-like landscape, it's mostly famed for its markets, souks and artefacts. The focal point is the celebrated square and marketplace, Jemaa el Fna, which is thronged day and night with a carnival of local life. Towering over the scene is the stately Minaret de la Koutoubia, a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city’s residents. Within the ancient Medina you’ll find palace buildings and bazaars filled with master craftsmen fashioning their tapestries, pottery and jewellery. Meanwhile, the more European Modern District of Gueliz is full-to-bursting with nightclubs, big-brand stores and New World cuisine.
Whether taking an excursion into, or staying in the Atlas Mountains, there is plenty to see and the area offers a peaceful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It’s a lush and varied area, with plenty of opportunities to take photos of dramatic scenery including the snow-capped mountains. There are picturesque Berber villages in the Asni Valley and you can visit traditional markets with a Guide and observe the bartering that goes on between locals.
Coastal El Jadida (once known as Mazagan) is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortified city that also boasts lovely beaches and golfing opportunities nearby. Casablanca is not too far away and is a cosmopolitan city worthy of exploration.
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Morocco is a year-round destination, enjoying high temperatures and low rainfall and humidity, but the best time to visit is from October to May as mid-summer temperatures can soar to over 100°C.
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We suggest you visit Majorelle Gardens, named after their creator, the French artist, Jacques Majorelle. The area is now maintained by global fashion house, Yves Saint Laurent, and features pools, banana trees and coconut palms. Alternatively, venture to the souks for trinkets and souvenirs as well as more unusual objects, such as Moroccan clothing.
The mountains and their hidden gems can be discovered on foot, by 4x4 vehicle, on mountain bike, on horse-back or even on a mule - with the assistance of a Guide. There are a host of areas to trek including the Ouirgane Valley, Tacheddirt Valley and Toubkal National Park. In the high Atlas Mountains there is even a ski resort, Oukaïmeden. A host of adventure activities to suit all levels of ability are available for guests staying at our featured property, Kasbah Tamadot.
If you wish to have some time away from the beach, El Jadida offers a Portuguese-influenced city, an authentic medina, a souk, and a fish market.
Emirates direct from Dubai to Casablanca.
Etihad Airways direct from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca.
Qatar Airways direct from Doha to Casablanca.
Onward connecting flights to Marrakech.
From Dubai to Casablanca: 8 hours, 45 minutes.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Enjoy cooking demonstrations or join a lesson in the art of Moroccan cuisine, including delicious tagines, at Kasbah Tamadot.
Observed for one month each year, Ramadan is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.