One of the four imperial cities of Morocco, Marrakech is a refreshing burst of colour in a region of rugged mountains and sweeping deserts. Flanked by the rich Saharan dunes and mighty Atlas Mountains, the city of Marrakech is eclectic, it’s culture influenced by traditions, natural surroundings and modern life combined. With winding passages, traditional souks, monuments and gardens dating from time immemorial, Marrakech’s old town of Medina harks back to the eras of sultans and princesses, colonialists and fortune-tellers. In contrast, Marrakech’s commercial centre, Guéliz, is an ode to modern-day luxuries with chain brands, restaurants and resort hotels reigning supreme. Offering such an exotic array of things to see, smell and taste, it’s little wonder Marrakech remains at the top of traveller’s bucket lists year in and year out.
From mystical waterfalls to tranquil lakes, you’ll love a cheeky paddle at these watering holes.
Forget fairy tales, real life is where it’s at with these swoon-worthy sites on the agenda.
Accessible only by boat or strenuous hike, these hostels fall far beyond the typical tourist's radar.