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Marrakech, Morrocco

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Marrakech, Morocco is a city where ancient histories whisper through the labyrinthine streets of the red clay wall medinas. The city, founded by the Almoravids, pulsates with the energy of rich Islamic heritage and Middle Eastern culture. The intricate architecture of Bahia Palace and the majestic Koutoubia Mosque are all incredible must-visit places in the city. The bustling Medina marketplaces are alive with the scent of fragrant spices and the colors of handmade treasures. At the heart of it all is the spectacle of Djemaa El Fna where snake charmers, acrobats, and street food beckons travelers to the magic of this unforgettable city. Best time to travel: March to April and from October to November (peak season), June to August and December to February (off-season), May and September (shoulder season)  Time zone: Western European Time (WET) Currency: Moroccan Dirham, MAD or DH (درهم) Noteworthy: Marrakech International Storytelling Festival (February), African Book Festival...

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  • Marrakech International Storytelling Festival (February)
  • African Book Festival (February)
  • Popular Arts Festival (June)
  • Marrakech International Film Festival (November)
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Gourmet: Places To Eat In Marrakech, Morocco
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Bazaar Café

With traditional Moroccan recipes, the Bazaar Café serves light snacks, fresh salads, and flavorful sandwiches in a cozy spot. Guests can complement their meal with fresh juices and shakes alongside 100% natural homemade Italian ice cream.

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Poka Marrakech

Poka Marrakech has exceptional Asian cuisine like the ever-popular crispy tiger shrimp with wasabi sauce. There’s also creative sushi made with locally sourced produce and freshly caught seafood complemented by amazing Asian marinades.

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Casa Lalla

In the heart of Medina, Casa Lalla creates refined Moroccan dishes and international cuisine. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views from the dining room and panoramic terrace while savoring seasonal foods.

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Pointbar Marrakech

Pointbar Marrakech has a relaxed atmosphere, refined decor, and a treelined terrace with cozy sofas and nightly music from the resident DJ. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy tapas, drinks, or international cuisine with friends after a long day of exploring.

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Bacha Coffee

Bacha Coffee is a quaint cafe that serves legendary 100% Arabica coffees alongside traditional Moroccan bakery items. This includes a delicious array of freshly made treats, from gourmand croissants to tarts and cakes to iced desserts.

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Fluffy Market

The Fluffy Market has a diverse and tasty menu suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—basically any time of day. The options include fluffy Nutella pancakes and crepes, club sandwiches, a specialty Japanese sponge cake, and more.

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Stay: Places to Stay In Marrakech, Morocco
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Riad El Zohar

The Riad El Zohar is a rare luxury stay because it’s a more than 300-year-old structure with modern amenities. Guests can swim in the spacious plunge pool and bask in the sun on the terrace with plenty of dining spots nearby.

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Aqua Fun Club Marrakech

Aqua Fun Club Marrakech is an all-inclusive luxury resort with amenities such as plush bedding and indulgent spa treatments. There’s also an exhilarating water park, restaurant and bar options, and personalized 24/7 concierge assistance. 

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La Maison Arabe

Located a short walk from Jemaa el Fna Square, ​​La Maison Arabe boasts 37 luxurious accommodating rooms within historic decor. The traditional Moroccan riad-hotel offers one of Marrakech’s finest dining experiences since 1946. 

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Kenzi Club Agdal Medina

The all-inclusive Kenzi Club Agdal Medina offers upscale ultra-modernity surrounded by nature. Beyond the 250 deluxe rooms, the amenities include three heated pools, a spa & wellness center, and EV charging stations.

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Traditional Moroccan Riad in Souks Medina

Guests get this entire three-bedroom traditional Moroccan Airbnb in Souks Medina all to themselves. There’s also a rooftop lounge and house staff available 24/7 to prepare personalized meals upon request.

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Bed and Breakfast Riad in the Medina

This Medina bed and breakfast has 18th-century charm with elegant French-inspired furnishings. Guests stay in air-conditioned rooms and share the communal spaces with a traditional Moroccan breakfast included in every stay.

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Play: Things To Do In The Marrakech, Morocco
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Hot Air Balloon Flight

Take a hot air balloon with a veteran pilot and experience the sunrise over the red dust, palm groves, and majestic landscapes. After the flight, indulge in an authentic Berber breakfast in a Moroccan tent with round-trip transfers to and from the hotel.

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Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khmisa

This family-oriented cooking class is led by Chefs Khmisa and Kawtar who offer personalized instruction in traditional Moroccan cuisine. Upon arrival, guests enjoy a traditional mint tea in Old Souk before the hands-on prep work starts.

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Authentic Moroccan Food Tour

Led by a knowledgeable guide, the authentic Moroccan food tour explores hidden food spots in Marrakech. This small group tour samples the local food culture before enjoying a delightful 3-course Moroccan dinner at a rooftop restaurant.

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Hammam Rosa Bonheur

Everyone deserves a day at a traditional Moroccan spa day like the Hammam Rosa Bonheur. The services guests can book include thermal baths, facials, massages, and other hammam rituals and ancestral traditions.

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Agafay Desert Magical Sunset Dinner With A Show

This intimate sunset dinner and show takes place under the stars in the Agafay Desert. It includes a traditional multi-course meal served with a view of the stunning Moroccan landscape. It’s a fantastic activity for small groups, families, couples, and solo travelers.

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Private Ait Ben Haddou Tour

This private Ait Ben Haddou tour takes visitors through UNESCO-listed kasbahs, guided tours of historic sites, and stunning mountain scenery. There are also optional upgrades, such as camel rides and lunch, to enhance the experience.

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Quad Biking Adventure

This exhilarating off-road Quad Biking Adventure takes visitors on a two-hour ride along the mesmerizing Palmeraie Desert. This excursion includes a camel ride through the Agafay Desert and some Moroccan mint tea and crepes.

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Day Trip To The Ouzoud Waterfalls 

Take a day trip to the Ouzoud Waterfalls, one of Morocco's most breathtaking natural wonders in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Visitors get up close to the falls by boat and swim in the spectacular beauty of the cascading waters over 100 meters below.

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