The image becomes a glorious reality in Jemaa el-Fnaa - one of Africa’s busiest squares. Plunge deeper into Marrakech’s medina and you’ll find yourself in alleyways lined with tiny shops, artisan workshops and carpet bazaars…complementing the city’s more stately palaces and mosques.
A complete contrast is provided by the beautiful beach beside the Mediterranean at Essaouira. And then again by the awesome panoramas of the Atlas Mountains and the fragrant flower and herb gardens in the valleys below.
Fly to Marrakech where our local experts will take you to your hotel.
Marrakech is an endlessly unfolding mystery with enchantments at every step along the way. A half day historical tour will reveal ancient landmarks like the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret, plus the huge courtyard, Saadian Tombs and sunken gardens of the 16th century El Badi Palace. You’ll be staying in the heart of the ancient medina, moments from the Royal Palace, so you’ll have boundless opportunity to wander through the tiny streets, past artisan workshops and tempting bazaars. You’ll be able to bargain for jewellery, carpets, frankincense, robes and souvenirs, as well as experiencing the bustle of the souk and the swirling life of Marrakech’s famous Jemaa el-Fnaa – reputedly the busiest square in Africa.
Stay: Three nights in a superior room at Les Jardin de la Medina.
Marrakech – Essaouira
Your day begins with a three hour drive through rugged but photogenic landscapes to Essaouira where you’ll be staying in a riad, close to Bab Marrakech in the medina.
This is your chance to explore this historic town that dates back to the 1st century BCE and has long been considered by the merchants of old to be one of the best anchorages along the Moroccan coast. Today its medina is still quaint and the bay has warm, protected waters and broad expanse of fine sand. Or you may simply wind down and indulge yourself in the luxuries of your hotel, with its acclaimed French and Moroccan restaurant, its hammam and oil massages, cinema, library, billiard room and – most importantly – its roof terrace swimming pool with sun decks and views across the medina.
Stay: Two nights in a classical room at L’Heure Bleue.
Essaouira – the Atlas Mountains
Prepare for four hours of open-mouthed wonder as you are driven into the imperious Atlas Mountains. You’ll be staying at a hotel perched on the hilltop at the most prominent position along the Ourika Valley, with a commanding view of the mountains, Berber villages and river far below. From this stunning base you can visit the large Berber market at nearby Tnine Ourika, or tour round the valley farms that grow herbs and flowers for the medina’s perfumers and herbalists. Canoeing, rafting, trekking and mountain biking are also available if you’re feeling energetic.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Kasbah Bab Ourika.
Marrakech – Home
On your last day you’ll be driven to Marrakech for your return flight home.