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Holidays to Marrakech

Holidays in Marrakech offer a chance to visit the Djemaa El-Fna, a wonderful place for sitting and watching the colourful drama of Marrakech unfold. Take a balcony or front row seat at one of the local cafes and watch as orange-juice vendors give way to snake charmers, astrologers, healers, henna tattoo artists and acrobats. As the light fades, the storytellers amaze people with their epic tales and the square gradually fills up with the carts of cooks, creating around a hundred restaurants specialising in a wide variety of foods including steaming snails, barbecued meats and cooked salads. Visitors can dine at one of the many outdoor restaurants and be entertained by the Gnaoua drummers, Berber musicians and male belly dancers.

Holidays in Marrakech can offer a variety of cultural experiences. The Jardin Majorelle and Museum of Islamic Art has a sub-tropical garden which provides a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the city. This beautiful garden was designed by Jacques Majorelle, a French painter who lived in Morocco from 1922 to 1962. The garden contains majestic palm trees, cacti, bougainvillaea and cooling water features. The small museum is a little gem with Tuareg and Berber jewellery, textiles, carpets, blue pottery and wedding curtains on display. There is also a room devoted to the work of Majorelle. For those who want to discover the contemporary Moroccan art scene the Galerie Noir Sur Blanc is the ideal place. The gallery showcases modern Moroccan art.

Holidays in Marrakech would not be complete without a visit to the souks. They are filled with stalls piled high with olives, dates, sweets, fruit and vegetables. To the north of the souks, past the lute carvers and bridle makers and on through a stone archway, is one of the strangest bazaars in Marrakech. Here the tourist will find shops in holes in the mud-brick walls covered by palm fronds and packed with flat-screen TVs, computers and other high-tech equipment. The ancient and modern meet as donkey carts bring in brand new computers still in their boxes.

Marrakech holidays can offer a relaxing experience in one of the city’s spas. The Sultana Spa is entered through majestic archways. Here the tourist finds a quiet sanctuary with its cool marble walls and its glistening emerald pool ringed by private cabins. The spa offers gommage treatments using essential oils and organic plant extracts. For an indulgent treat ascend to the roof terrace pavilion for a two or four-handed amber-oil massage.

Holidays in Marrakech can offer something a little different. The Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show is a chance to enjoy the excitement of Moroccan folklore. This multi-coloured dazzling extravaganza takes place in the heart of a Marrakech palm grove, with the guests sheltered by Berber tents. The experience starts with a traditional Moroccan feast accompanied by entertainment from girls and boys in traditional dress. This is followed by the show which includes displays of horseback skills, belly dancing, caravans and even a flying carpet.

 
 
 
 
 

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