Visitors to Marrakech are likely to have been tempted by the city's lively, energetic beat, which is experienced at its best at Jemaa el Fna square, where colour and chaos collide to bring you a true taste of Morocco. Snake charmers mingle with persistent street sellers, while acrobats and a choice of local delicacies vie for your attention.
Shopping is an interesting pastime in Morocco, with the souks of Marrakech providing a treasure trove of trinkets and souvenirs, with much of the fun coming from haggling over prices with the jovial sellers.
Heading further into the city, a zigzag of quaint lanes through the Kasbah leads abruptly to the once magnificent Badii palace, which is now a ruin. Painstakingly built over 25 years, the palace was ornate and spectacular, surviving for a century before being plundered by a sultan who transported its riches elsewhere.
Speaking of grand sights, no trip would be complete without a visit to one of the imposing but glorious mosques; the Sis Ben Salah Mosque and the Koutoubia Mosque are undoubtedly two of the best. Built in fine architectural styles and steeped in history, both examples are quintessentially Moroccan.
To appreciate some of the unique history found here, The Saadian tombs offer a great insight, dating to the 1500s and discovered in 1917. Ornate and lavish, the tombs house members of the Saudi Dynasty, with the garden holding graves of soldiers and servants.
Those looking for an altogether different city break will be hard pressed to find somewhere that beats Marrakech, particularly as it is only three-and-a-half hours away from the UK by plane. Visitors should be respectful when visiting during Ramadan and they ought to understand that business hours may be dramatically reduced, with some shops and restaurants closing for the period.
Morocco comes into its own in spring and March to May is a particularly delightful period. Another good time to visit is the autumn months from September to November, when temperatures are cool and pleasant. The summer heat can be intense, almost unbearable in fact, so a visit during this time is not recommended for those not used to high temperatures.
As a city that is bursting with life, there is always something going on in Marrakech, from religious festivals to those celebrating the arts.
A good event signalling the end of winter is Tafraoute, which takes place in February and features plenty of upbeat music and dancing.
Independence Day is another well-known celebration in Marrakech. Taking place in June, the event celebrates Morocco's independence from France in 1956. A series of parties are hosted during this time.
The renowned Marrakech Film Festival is a major local event that has seen many celebrities grace its red carpet over the years and brought much positive attention to the city.
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Shopping: The sights, sounds and smells of the souks in Marrakech lure shoppers keen to test their haggling abilities. Shop for spices, hand-woven rugs, trinkets, silverware and fine jewellery, and when the heat gets too much, cool down with a mint tea with the locals.
Relaxing: While a vigorous massage in a Moroccan hamman might not seem exactly relaxing at the time, your body will thank you afterwards. Treat yourself to a half-day at the traditional steam baths to re-energise for further adventures in Marrakech.
Romance: There are 2.5 acres of gardens to explore at the beautiful artist-led Jardin Majorelle. As well as providing cool shade from the heat of Marrakech, this lush paradise is a romantic setting for strolling hand in hand.
A couple of bus routes run every 20-30 minutes from the airport and take visitors to Djemaa el Fna square. The journey takes 20-30 minutes and fares are low. You might be handed a map by your driver, so ask if they will stop near your final destination.
A taxi rank sits outside the arrivals terminal. It's best to agree a price before you set off for your Marrakech hotel. Prices can fluctuate due to petrol costs.
Public transport: The sights of Marrakech are all located fairly centrally but a good network of buses serves outlying areas, the airport and the long-distance bus station, which is handy for long journeys around Morocco.
On foot: Stick to using your own energy to get around if you only want to see the central attractions of Marrakech. It's easy enough to navigate with the right map and a bit of common sense.
Taxi: There are plenty of taxi drivers willing to take you where you want to go, but expect to haggle. Most won't use their meters - or they may be broken - so agree a price before you begin the journey.
Horse-drawn carriage: A novel way to get about in Marrakech, a caleche is a traditional horse-drawn carriage and it's a pleasure to see the city to a soundtrack of clomping hooves. It should not cost more than about 100 dirhams (around £8) for an hour.
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