Marrakech Information

Population: 925,000

Access: Direct flights from London and regional airports.

Highlights: Shopping in the souqs; street food in Djemaa el-Fna; relaxing aching muscles in a hammam (bathhouse); getting lost in the Medena.

Favourite hotels: Villa des Oranges, Riad Tiwaline, Riad Tzarra

It’s hard to comprehend that it takes only three-hours to fly from London to this amazingly exotic city. Marrakech easily measures up to your Arabian fantasies – a bustling maze of ornate palaces, treasure-filled souqs, trundling donkey carts, snake charmers and piles of aromatic spices. Therefore, not your average ski town!

Of course, Marrakech is not a ski town at all. You come to Morocco to holiday in this imperious city on it’s own merits – we’re merely appending a cheeky ski day on to your Marrakech city break, which is the star attraction.

Our tip is to deliberately get yourself lost in the souqs of the ancient Medena. Here you’ll find fragrant spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, and shop after shop of those gorgeous Moroccan lanterns. The centre-piece of the chaos is the market place in Djemaa el-Fna, a carnival each and every night as you dodge the bejeweled belly dancers and cobras in wicker baskets to dive in to one of the many street-food stalls. Later, sipping a late-night cocktail on the roof of your 18th Century riad, you think back over the day’s experiences and try to get your head around the fact that tomorrow – possibly – you’re going skiing?!

Marrakech Information

Population: 925,000

Access: Direct flights from London and regional airports.

Highlights: Shopping in the souqs; street food in Djemaa el-Fna; relaxing aching muscles in a hammam (bathhouse); getting lost in the Medena.

Favourite hotels: Villa des Oranges, Riad Tiwaline, Riad Tzarra