Marrakech has in recent years become an increasingly popular holiday destination and many tourists come from Europe, America and around the world to enjoy the splendid city. From the curious street food in Jemaa el-Fna Square to the rub-me lamps in the souks, Marrakech is a city full of distractions. There are deserts to explore, camels to ride, huge Atlantic beaches, year-round sunshine and an abundance of charming accommodation perfect for adventurous families.
Trekking in the Atlas Mountains with children
The Atlas Mountains are a wonderful destination for families. Within easy reach from Marrakech they offer a variety of moderate and challenging trails with plenty of interest en-route to keep the children interested.
Perhaps the most striking aspect for children will be the traditional Berber way of life in the mountains. It is not unusual to walk through villages with no electricity, where local families wash their clothes in streams and water is collected from the well. Homes are traditional simple mud or concrete built structures and children are often seen out in the valleys tending their families’ goats. It is a unique opportunity to give your children a more worldly perspective.
Djemma el Fna
The focal point of Marrakech is the main square, the Djemma el Fna. In the evenings, snake charmers, drummers, acrobats, story tellers and food sellers congregate, creating an electric atmosphere. It can be quite a culture shock for first time visitors, but get stuck in and it will be an experience to remember forever.
Provides an excellent respite from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. The park boasts a collection of plants from across the globe, including what seems like every cactus species on the planet. Although the Majorelle Garden has existed in Morocco for decades, it was only made famous abroad when the Majorelle Garden’s former owner and care-taker, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, featured it in the 1997 Chelsea Flower Show in London. Since then, many have journeyed to Morocco just to see the Gardens.
How to Get to Marrakech
Marrakech has an international airport with many scheduled flights coming in daily; cheap flights can be found at cheapflights.co.uk where prices from all the leading competitors are available. From the UK, easy Jet flies to Marrakech from Manchester and Gatwick Airport, Ryanair has direct flights from London Luton, and London Stansted to Marrakech. Thomson Airways travels from London Gatwick and Manchester. Also British Airways began flying from London Gatwick in 2011 and now have a daily service to Marrakech.
Les Borjs De La Kasbah
In the Kasbah quarter of the ancient Marrakech medina, easily accessible by taxi, minibus and horse-drawn calèche and only yards from the Royal Palace, Les Borjs de la Kasbah is a recently-created boutique hotel meticulously developed by craftsmen.
Kenzi Farah Hotel
This 5-star hotel is in Marrakech, a 20-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square and is set within a 3-hectares private park. It offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a sauna and a spa centre for the whole family to enjoy.