The former imperial city of Marrakesh is one of Morocco's largest and most vibrant towns. With its densely packed medieval medina, Marrakesh offers an exotic charm that has tempted countless visitors to this fascinating city. Tourism to Morocco has been steadily on the rise in recent years. While other North African destinations have suffered from political unrest, Morocco has remained relatively safe and stable. As a result, more and more people are discovering the charm of Morocco in general, and Marrakesh in particular. Marrakesh is home to some beautiful Islamic architecture, including the Koutoubia Minaret and the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa. The famous souqs, or markets, in the medina are a must-visit. At Souq Semmarine and Souq El Kebir, your senses will be overwhelmed by color and noise. But better deals can be found at smaller, less well-known souqs elsewhere in the city. Be prepared to haggle. It’s all part of the Moroccan experience. Beyond markets and minarets, however, Marrakesh's position close to the Atlas mountains and the sprawling deserts of Northern Africa offer almost endless activities for visitors. Mountain biking, desert trips, camel riding adventures, quad bike tours - all of these and more are popular options. And Marrakesh provides the ideal base for an adventure holiday in the region. Marrakesh is an intriguing city just waiting to be explored. Within its labyrinth of streets, there’s no telling what treasures you might find. Just be sure you don’t miss out on all this North African jewel of a city has to offer.
What could be more classically North African than taking a ride on a camel
? For centuries, these hardy creatures provided the primary means of transport through the endless deserts of the continent. The culture of the nomadic herders and traders who practiced this lifestyle has changed over time, but the traditions have been preserved. A camel ride offers a great way to experience Moroccan culture at a leisurely pace. The perspective you'll get from high on the humped back of one of these animals is like no other. Who knows? You might find yourself yearning for the life of a Bedouin. Or maybe not.
The Merzouga Desert
lies around 550km from Marrakesh. The distance may seem daunting, but Merzouga has become an increasingly popular tourist destination in recent years. Thanks to a paved road, visitors now have access to the beautiful scenery of Merzouga and nearby Erg Chebbi, home to the highest sand dunes in the country. The famous Sahara desert is vast, inhospitable and difficult to access. Furthermore, much of it is flat and featureless. The Merzouga Desert, on the other hand, is a scene straight from a postcard. The towering dunes of every-shifting golden sand are precisely what most people picture when they think of a desert. No wonder Merzouga is so popular with tourists.
If you're looking for an experience to get your heart pumping, a quad tour
just outside Marrakesh might be just the thing. These powerful all-terrain vehicles are capable of going off-road in a way other vehicles just can't. The view from the top of the Atlas mountains or while crossing the palm grow is utterly captivating and worth the price of the tour by itself. A trained guide is there to ensure your safety at all times as you set off into the desert. Quad bikes offer the opportunity for exploration for people of many different capacities and levels. Of course, some age restrictions will apply to this activity