Top Family Destination: Marrakech
Posted on 07th Sep 2015
Recently named the world’s top destination by Trip Advisor, Marrakech is both vibrant and easily accessible from the UK, making it a great place for families to visit. Despite being just a short three and a half hour flight from the UK, Morocco’s culture reveals an entirely new world of medieval wonder and exotic charm. With a wealth of different things to see, food to taste and places to stay, it’s bound to be a holiday that both parents and children will remember.
Where to Stay
Our hotels boast ideal locations for family holidays in Marrakech. Four Seasons Marrakech and Sofitel Marrakech Imperial are both located just outside of the bustling medina, meaning that guests can experience peaceful grounds, whilst being just a short distance from the buzz of the souks. The Four Seasons offers beautiful family rooms and suites, a creatively styled kids’ club and a myriad of delicious dining options. Similarly, Sofitel (constructed in the style of a Moorish palace) has a fantastic kids’ suite, two swimming pools and a spa offering luxurious Moroccan massages.
What to See
No trip to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main square in the medina quarter. The square is teeming with snake charmers, monkeys, street vendors and fortune tellers, all of whom add to the wonderfully chaotic atmosphere of Morocco’s famous epicentre. Children will be fascinated by the sights, sounds and smells. If you’re worried about getting caught up in the crowds on foot then you can always experience the square on a horse and cart, a more relaxing way to take in the city’s sights.
Other popular activities include visiting the Ourika Valley. The typical trek to the Valley leads to seven waterfalls in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, revealing lush green meadows and historic Berber Villages along the way. Additionally, families may be interested in riding camels, visiting Marrakech’s beautiful gardens and experiencing the Koutabia Mosque.
What to Eat
Moroccan cooking is bursting with spices and unique flavour combinations. Traditional dishes include big bowls of couscous, rich soups and tagines. The famous drink of choice in Marrakech is mint tea, which is usually very sweet and poured into a tea glass from a height to create a frothy top. The restaurant at Amanjena specialises in authentic Moroccan cuisine, allowing guests to taste these traditional dishes at their finest. However, the hotel’s restaurant also offers other types of food such as Thai, in addition to separate kids’ menus.
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