A union of European, African and Arabic influences, this sprawling metropolis could be from another epoch. Think dusty souks, donkey carts and haggling cries that cut through bustling everyday life. Calls to prayer can be heard down winding cobbled alleys and when the sun goes down over North Africa, the terracotta walls of ancient Marrakech turn a rich, red hue.
To escape the maddening crowds, the Jardin Majorelle is a verdant oasis on the outskirts of Marrakech. The brainchild of French painter Jacques Majorelle, who took up residency in Marrakech in the 20s, its surrounded by high earthen walls, while the botanical garden is home to exotic flora, soothing water features and the brilliant Berber Museum – a combination that will make it hard to get on that return flight.
For an authentic Marrakech experience, the Riad Ailen is a traditional Moroccan house in the heart of the medina that centres around an intricately-tiled swimming pool - particularly temping after a day’s haggling. Equally well located and with a boutique vibe, the Dellarosa Hotel Suites and Spa boasts its own Hammam and unites contemporary style with a traditional Moroccan twist. If it’s pure luxury you’re after, the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech has all the trimmings; Egyptian cotton sheets, chocolates on pillows and a pool that boasts crystal clear waters like no other.
4 nights at the 4* Riad Ailen, from £239 per person, travelling 01 September – 30 September 2015. Includes return Euro Traveller flights from London Gatwick and accommodation with breakfast.
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