Marrakech will captivate you with its festival of sights and sounds, where the magnificent architecture, the bustling medinas, and the moving call to prayer create an ambience that is unique to this part of the world. It is with that in mind, that you should visit the iconic Koutoubia Mosque first, and see the striking 70 metre minaret that has defined the city's skyline since the 12th century. Follow this with a trip to the 16th century Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, a theological college, and one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Then discover the rich artisan heritage of Marrakech, with opulent works of art shown throughout attractions such as the Bahia Palace and the Dar Si Said. Skills which are still alive today, as showcased by the craftspeople of the souqs in the wonderful Medina, where you'll find everything from North African spices to stunning handmade carpets. Beyond the souqs, there are many premium boutiques and designer concept stores where you can buy the very best in Moroccan treasures. Should you wish to escape the city walls the majestic Atlas Mountains surround the city offering the chance to hike in wonderful nature. After a day of exploring, make sure you unwind in one of the local ham-mams for a relaxing spa experience that is a must for visitors. From historical attractions, cultural gems, and a thriving leisure scene, the Red City is full of surprises.
Spring (March - May) is when Marrakech blooms with colour, and the valleys nearby are lush with blossoms. Summer (June - August) is best for beach holidays, when the mercury rises to the mid-30s. The Marrakech Popular Arts Festival also takes place during July, and is a major festival full of various entertainers. Autumn (September - November) is the season for music lovers, with top events like The Oasis Fest and the Sun Festival taking place. Winter (December - February) attracts sports fans for events like the Marrakech Grand Prix.
Take your holiday experience to new heights with the best in Moroccan fine-dining. Top eateries offer plenty of variety including modern Moroccan cuisine, with signature dishes such as squid cannelloni stuffed with smoked aubergine and spiced tagines. Dine a la carte with a menagerie of international favourites including Italian, Thai, Mediterranean and French cuisines. You'll have stunning views to match, whether you're over looking landmark attractions like the Jemaa El Fna square, or natural ones like the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Morocco for stays of up to 3 months. As a precaution, you may want to travel with a photocopy of your passport along with the original. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.