Few cities in the world enjoy such a dramatic setting and intoxicating atmosphere as Marrakech where the rose-pink walls of the ancient city sit low beneath the soaring peaks of the Atlas mountains. The fronds of towering palm trees jostle for position above the medieval ramparts where nesting storks colonise each vacant turret.
Marrakech has attracted visitors for centuries and the Djemaa el Fna square is the focal point to which tribes and travellers have been drawn since ancient times. Each day as the shadow of the elegant Koutoubia minaret lengthens towards the Djemaa el Fna square the carnival begins. An extraordinary collection of Berber musicians, snake-charmers, fortune tellers, fire eaters and dancers gather to entertain the ever shifting circles of mesmerised onlookers.
During the day you can wander for hours through the seemingly infinite souks before retreating from the heady atmosphere to the shaded tranquility of your hotel pool and gardens. Or head for the terrace of a pavement cafe, enjoy a refreshing mint tea whilst watching this uniquely colourful pageant.
The Gardens of Marrakech
Spend a half day visiting the gardens of Marrakech by horse-drawn carriage. The tour includes a visit to the Menara gardens where one of the most famous sights of Marrakech, the Saadian Pavilion overlooks the reservoir against the backdrop of the Atlas mountains. Take in the Agdal Gardens en route to the lush botanical Majaorelle Gardens privately owned by Yves St Laurent.