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Pick up your hire car and prepare for magical Marrakech to assault your senses and blow your mind.

60-second guide to Marrakech airport

in its own head

"We're the most exotic city in the world, a cacophony of sights, smells and experiences, with the best markets and the best food you're ever likely to come across!"

but more realistically

It's exotic, for sure, and a visit to Marrakech is like a rollercoaster ride through a brightly-coloured world that smells bizarre and tastes amazing. While at first it might seem daunting, it's nothing an open mind can't conquer.

the vibe

It's hectic. Everything seems to happen in public in Marrakech, from eating dinner to complex dentistry.

the natives

The locals are proud of their city and keen to show off its many attractions.

the weather

It is Africa so don't forget your sun hat. But don't expect to spend much time in your Speedos - too much bare flesh will provoke disapproval from locals who dress modestly.

the local speciality

After sunset Djemaa el Fna is thronged with food stalls selling grilled meats, veg, snails and deliciously more-ish harissa soup. Practically the whole city swings by for a snack so it's the perfect place to people watch.

the celebrity

The anything goes vibe of Marrakech has made it a haven for celebs since the 60s. Yves Saint Laurent took this love a step further and had his ashes scattered there.

did you know?

The bodies of several renowned dignitaries were moved to Marrakech in the 18th century to make the city more attractive to visiting pilgrims. And the visitors just keep on coming.

they say

“Marrakech defies mapping, logic and time.” – Frommer’s

5 to see in town...

1. Djemaa el Fna

This expansive space is home to every peddler, performer and pastime known to man. The name translates as 'place of the dead' but in reality, you won’t find anywhere else that’s livelier.

where to park?

There is guarded car parking in the centre of Marrakech next to the Koutoubia Mosque, about five minutes from Djemaa el Fna. You can park for up to 24 hours for 36DH.

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2. Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret

Dominating the city skyline, this 12th-century mosque is a benchmark for Moroccan design. It's closed to non-Muslims but an evening stroll around the perimeter is a real pleasure.

where to park?

You can either use the car park at the Golden Tulip Faran Hotel or use the guarded parking in Boulevard Mohammed V. They charge 25DH for a maximum of 25 hours stay.

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3. Marrakech Souk

Think of the most bustling market you've ever been to, treble it and you're not even close. Marrakech's souk is a rambling warren of stalls selling everything from luxurious leathers to exotic spices.

where to park?

Park your hire car at Boulevard Mohammed for 25DH for a maximum of 25 hours stay.

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4. El Badi Palace

It may sound like somewhere from a Bond film but this ruined palace is of royal proportions. The name translates as 'incomparable palace' and it's not hard to see why.

where to park?

No on-site parking is available. But you can use any of the guarded parking nearby which includes Boulevard Mohammed V, by the Koutoubia mosque or any of the hotels on Boulevard Mohammed V.

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5. Les Bains de Marrakech

It's a long way to go just to have a bath but having your back scrubbed while sipping mint tea surrounded by tropical birds beats your average dip in the tub.

where to park?

There is on-site free parking at the Spa but you have to tip the guards.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Tin Mal

High up in the Atlas Mountains this ancient mosque welcomes Muslims and non-believers alike. Offering a rare peek into a historic way of life it's definitely worth the 60-mile drive.

how to get there?

Head south out of Marrakech towards Tahnaout and travel across the Tizi n'Test pass until reaching the small village of Tin Mal. It is a two-hour drive from Marrakech.

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2. Cascades d'Ouzoud

These spectacular waterfalls lie 90 miles from Marrakech but draw visitors from 10 times that distance. Gaze at the impressive drop or bathe in the nearby lagoon.

how to get there?

Head out on the N8 towards and join the 208, continue north west towards Sahrij and Ait Dahmane. You will reach Ouzoud in just over two hours.

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3. Oukaimeden

Contrary to popular opinion there is snow in Africa every Christmas and the ski slopes around Oukaimeden provide the perfect winter break - great slopes, great views and delicious Moroccan cuisine.

how to get there?

Head south on the 203 and then join the S513 turn right onto the 6035. It should take just under an hour to reach Oukaimeden.

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4. Ouirgane

This pretty village in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains is the perfect base for a bit of exploring. Whether you're on foot, bike or horseback you'll find peace and tranquillity in abundance.

how to get there?

Leave Marrakech on the 203, stay on that road for around 40 miles, until you reach Ouirgane. It should take just under an hour.

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