Magical, mysterious and exotic, Marrakech is Morocco's most intoxicating city. With exceptional vacation villas like the Taj Omayma providing the ultimate base for your adventures, the best selection of restaurants serving sumptuous cuisine, and endless exuberant marketplaces to explore, prepare to be swept off your feet in this one of a kind destination.
From stunning mosques to fascinating crafts and luxury living, follow our insider tips for the holiday of a lifetime:
What to See and Do in Marrakech
Marrakech is a bustling and eclectic city which has something to offer all visitors. Split into two main zones, the historical Medina region and the modernized Gueliz district, you would need a lifetime to explore all it has to offer. We’ve picked out some of the hottest spots to visit, so you can plan your time effectively and get the most out of your stay in this incredible city:
Splash Out in the Souks
Morocco is renowned for its incredible array of markets, which sell everything under the sun, and the souks in Marrakesh are some of the best in the country. If you like to haggle then the endless maze of markets in the Medina offers the perfect place to practice your skills. Each area has its specialty products, including carpets and textiles, spices and magic supplies, blankets and kaftans, clothing, and of course traditionally crafted raffia baskets and bags.
Visit Marrakech’s Most Iconic Symbol, Koutoubia Mosque
If you’re a lover of architecture and history, a visit to the Koutoubia is a must when visiting Marrakech. Despite not being the tallest of buildings in the city, at 77 meters it can be seen from all over thanks to regulations preventing any other building in the medina from surpassing the height of a palm tree. The iconic Mosque was built in traditional Almohad style and is crowned with a quartet of copper globes, highlighting its important stature. Although non-Muslims are unable to enter the building itself, the architecture and craftsmanship is worthy of admiration from outside.
Find Your Zen in the Gardens
If you’re looking to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of city life, take a walk over to Arset El-Mamoun Gardens to experience the refreshingly calm gardens. Built in the 18th Century by Crown Prince Moulay Mamoun, these impressive gardens feature flowerbeds, walkways, olive trees, orange groves, and other botanical beauties, all laid out in a traditional Moroccan style. If you feel hungry while your there, you can indulge in some fine culinary delights at the poolside restaurant.
Enjoy a Relaxing Hammam
If an afternoon spent shopping in the markets and department stores of Marrakech leave you feeling in need of a little rest and revitalization, you’re in luck because the city is renowned for having a huge array of traditional hammams and pools where you can drop in for a soak, scrub, or massage. There are both public and private hammams, and if you’d prefer a private session, it’s always best to book a few hours in advance.
Join the Festivities
From historic religious ceremonies to popular cultural festivals there’s always something new and interesting to experience in Marrakech. Some of the highlights include:
Tafraoute –Marking the end of the winter rains, this lively cultural event lights up the February mood with dancing and music.
Fatih Mouharam – Celebrating the Muslim New Year, this is a religious ceremony is held in March and brings friends and family together to pray and rejoice in the coming of the New Year.
Printemps musical des Alizes – One of the biggest music events in the Marrakech calendar, this is well worth attending if you are visiting the area during the month of April.
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival - Attracting folk singers, dancers, fortune tellers, acting troupes, fire swallowers and more, this annual festival takes place in the ruins of the 16th century Badi Palace every July.
Ramadan – September marks the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast during the day. The souks, restaurants, and cafes are bustling with activity in the evening, as the locals head out to socialize and grab a bite to eat.
Marrakech Film Festival – This is a big event in the calendar for movie lovers and locals alike, as the film world turns its attentions to Marrakech for this prestigious event.
The Taj Omayma Villa
Beautiful and mesmerizing, the Taj Omayma villa is THE place to stay when visiting the majestic and mysterious city of Marrakech, providing visitors with a unique blend of traditional Moroccan hospitality and modern luxuries. With an onsite chef to provide for all your culinary needs, outdoor daybeds, loungers, canopy tents, 25 meter pool, and private spa center, you’ll be in heaven from the moment you arrive.
The dramatic desert and mountain scenery which surrounds the Taj is as breathtaking as it comes, adding a real sense of adventure and romanticism to your stay, not least when you find a spot in the 2 acre gardens to watch the colorful sunset over the horizon. If you can manage to prize yourself away from the estate for a few hours, there are tons of places to explore nearby, include quad biking trails into the desert, a beautiful lake, and of course the city itself, which is just a twenty minute drive away.
After a long day out and about in this fascinating part of the world, you can order spa treatments to your room, take a soak in your own private outside bath, and then relax by the ambient poolside for some drinks and a delicious freshly cooked dinner. The Taj Omayma can host up to 45 guests in its 16 luxury rooms, and if you are planning a wedding or large event, you can book the entire estate for your friends and family to enjoy. The romantic setting is an ideal location to host your big day. The estate has been hosting dream weddings for over a decade, so rest assured that all your needs will be well taken care of.
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