Visitors to Marrakech will be excited by its diversity and difference to more familiar European cities. And it's also a great base to explore Morocco...
The city of Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco. Whether you're looking to bag a bargain in the bazaar or explore the surrounding desert by hot air balloon, the Red City has something to offer everyone.
Marrakech is the home of Djemaa el Fna - one of the largest market places in the world, giving you the chance to take in some shopping and try your hand at haggling and bartering. There's also an abundance of food vendors dotted around the square, offering the chance to sample delicious traditional North African cuisine whilst enjoying the splendour of acrobats and dancers in the main square.
Picturesque medinas and riads can be found within the ancient walls of Marrakech. Traditional mosques and grand palaces, with their beautiful botanical gardens - such as the world famous Majorelle Gardens - are open to the public and provide a taste of paradise and refreshment in the hot Moroccan sunshine.
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The city of Marrakech lies at the foot of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and car hire will give you the chance to explore the winding mountain roads and the stunning scenery too...
Driving outside the city allows you to take in the splendour of the desert landscape, a multitude of national park trails and the beautiful Ouzard Waterfalls. The mountains themselves are easily accessible by good roads and provide fantastic views towards the Sahara or back towards Marrakech and the coast. You will also get views of the snow-topped mountains during the winter and spring months.
Travelling through the mountains will bring you to destinations such as the crumbling fortress at Telouet and the lush valley at Tijhza, farmed for produce. These areas are excellent for walking and trekking and you can follow trails with local guides or under your own steam. Further along the road towards the Sahara you'll reach Ouarzazate with its film sets and Kasbah Ait Banhaddou used in the filming of 'Gladiator'. Finally, Zagora acts as a gateway to the desert, offering the chance to sleep under the stars in Bedouin tents and see the sand dunes.
Towards the Atlantic coast you can visit Taroudant with its souks and city walls and small town Moroccan feel. At the coast there are two major towns within striking distance of Marrakech; Agadir with its popular family beach hotels geared up for tourists, or smaller Essaouira, which remains more of a fishing town and attracts more bohemian visitors.