Marrakech holiday highlights
• The fascinating history of a city considered the 'heartbeat' of Morocco, particularly the spectacular, 12th Century Koutoubia Mosque, towering benevolently over the Old Town, dates back as far as the 12th Century, the bizarre El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs.
• Private riads, where more recent, French colonial history comes to life - these elegant, whitewashed villas, remain peaceful and cool even in the bustle and heat of the day...the ideal base from which to discover the ancient gems and modern-day excitement of Marrakech.
• Excursions to the intriguing Berber villages of the High Atlas and the breathtaking kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, star of numerous Hollywood epics.
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Arabic and French. English is widely understood.
A 15-18% service charge is usually added to the bill.
• At the Semmarine souk, browse stalls selling everything from traditional leather slippers and flowing djellabas to fragrant spices and jewellery.
• Shop for spices in the old Jewish neighbourhood with help from the friendly shopkeepers. Barter for beautiful carpets and leather at Place Rahba Kédima.
• For more luxurious goods, head to the Sidi Ghanem or Guéliz neighbourhoods.
• Harina is a delicious a chickpea soup, often with meat, pumpkin, onions and tomatoes.
• A tajine is mutton, veal, chicken or beef stew cooked with potato and lemon and seasoned with herbs and spices.
• Morocco’s most famous dish is couscous perfectly steamed with lamb, chicken or fish, a spicy sauce and potatoes.
• The traditional pastilla is flaky pastry coated with sugar, cinnamon and egg yolk, layered with pigeon or chicken meat. It’s also served as a desert without the meat.
• Moroccan deserts are very sweet, dripping with sugar and/or honey.
• Stick to bottled water for drinking and cleaning your teeth.