Since the advent of budget airlines and their fantastically cheap flights, a number of exciting destinations have become far more easily accessible for travelers. This applies not just within continents, such as across Europe, Asia, and the United States, but also between continents. One of my favorite examples of an exotic destination which is now within very easy reach from my home city of London is Marrakech, Morocco.

Market Madness

For a relatively small price and a comfortably short flight of around three hours, you can travel from an often cold and grey north European city to a beautifully warm and sunny city in the North of Africa. And it’s not just the weather that changes dramatically when you fly from London to Marrakech, but a whole range of cultural factors too. One of my favorite things about Marrakech is the buzzing hive of chaos that is the local markets, or souks to give them their local name. In these markets it is possible to buy almost anything imaginable, from rugs, to spices, to beautiful and eclectic ornaments which either make perfect gifts for loved ones back home, or can be used to add a slightly North African feel to your dining room or bedroom.

Fabulous Food

Another wonderful thing about Marrakech is the diverse and delicious range of food on offer. A classic staple dish, and one of my all time favorites, is the tagine, a stew cooked in an ornate clay pot. Tagines usually include meat, but for vegetarians a vegetable option is usually available and equally delicious.

Adventurous Activities

For those if you who like to enjoy the great outdoors and occasionally get away from the hustle and bustle that is seemingly ever-present in Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains offer a great day trip where you can really stretch your legs and enjoy some absolutely majestic views across this world-famous North African mountain range. For those feeling a little more adventurous, you could also combine an overnight stay in the desert, complete with a camel ride out to your Bedouin tent where you can spend a night with singing round the camp fire with local tribesman, while gazing up at the crystal clear view of the milky way which stretches out above you in an awe-inspiring display of galactic splendor.

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Safety & Security

With all the problems during the Arab Spring a lot of countries in the Middle East and North Africa seem to have suffered from a decreasing amount of tourists. However, Morocco is a stable and peaceful country, and should definitely not be avoided by tourists. Marrakech in particular has also become increasingly popular with female visitors.

If you are tempted to visit Marrakech now and need more information on places to stay, check out this guide on cheap hotels in Marrakech that I wrote for Hipmunk. Have you been Marrakech, and if so, what was the thing that most stood out for you?

Disclaimer: I am a freelance writer for Hipmunk and am currently working on the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project.

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “Marrakech – a long way from home, very close to home

  1. You make a good point in the accessibility of North Africa for us Brits. Also to see an Arabic African country is fascinating.

    I’ve never made it to Marrakech but have heard of wonderful experiences of those who have. With it being so close I need to add it to my list.
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    • Tammyonthemove on March 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm said:

      You should try and go if you can. It is so cheap to fly from Marrakech from London, and it is like a complete different world.

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