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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Observe and participate in one of world’s greatest spectacles at the medina of Djmaa el-Fna, this huge market square comes to life at sunset (but watch your wallets – it is notorious for pick-pockets).
  • Captivate the senses by wandering around the fascinating world of the souks and start your bargaining price very low.
  • Have a picnic at beautiful Majorelle Gardens, owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Be wary of travelling to Marrakech in July and August – the heat can be oppressive.
  • new!   Take a tour of the Atlas mountains and stop at Kasbah Du Toubkal for lunch and breathtaking views.

what we think

Indulge in a sensory explosion in Marrakech. The markets are a maze of jewellery stalls, brightly coloured homewares, underground carpet emporiums and pyramids of spices. In the adjacent old city square Jmaa el Fnaa, the best place to enjoy the view of the city is on a rooftop café sipping fresh local mint tea. However as night falls, the square transforms into a street circus full of performers, snake charmers and monkeys, and the square is enveloped by thick smoke as hundreds of stalls offer freshly cooked Moroccan delicacies. The show continues at the decadent palace-style restaurants where you will feel truly regal devouring each of the 10 courses. The majestic theme continues as you retreat at the end of the day to your magnificent riad, where behind an inconspicuous door lies an exotic oasis.