Visit the Red City while keeping your bank balance in the black
The exotic and historic mystique of Marrakech is closer than you think, at just four hours direct from UK airports.
Bearing the nickname of the Red City due to its fantastic rich and rustic stonework, you can see it for yourself on the towers and walls across the city, particularly in the area surrounding the medina. The rests at the heart of Marrakech and, as the oldest area of the city, it dates back over 1,000 years. Today, it hosts market stalls and bargains in abundance.
There’s plenty more to Marrakech than its antiquity though, including modern dining experiences and the sleek Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park, where nature and technology meet. It’s also cheaper than you think, both to reach and to spend time in.
Cheap days out in Marrakech
Few major world cities can match Marrakech for ways to spend time, feed your mind and have fun for free. Bargain hunting is almost a competitive sport in the souks – the old market stalls squeezed together in winding mazes in the medina – so it’s best to bring your brightest haggling game. Rest assured it’s all lighthearted banter, so you can relax and embrace this unique, cultural aspect of a trip to the city. Curious minds and history buffs should visit the tannery district, where leathers and hides are crafted just as they were in centuries past – that is, by hand and with some distinctive aromas indeed.
Head to Jemaa el-Fna to see the snake charmers, acrobats and street performers entertain the crowd, or absorb the tranquility of the famous Jardin Majorelle, the lush garden of famous designer Yves Saint Laurent, open to the public for just a little change per ticket.
Other popular holidays in Morocco
If you’re instead looking for a beach break on your budget Morocco holiday, look no further than the sunkissed shores of Agadir. Of course, you might instead seek your cheap Maghreb experience on the other side of the Mediterranean, among the mysteries of Luxor in Egypt. That said, Marrakech is a cheap holiday city break that’s hard to beat, as you’ll find out from our travel guide. We’ve also gathered the best value Marrakech hotels for you below.
The pool here boasts its own waterpark, with a colourful castle flanked by waterslides at its centre. There's another more relaxed pool to enjoy too, and the hotel's rooms favour warm, rich hues that evoke your exotic surroundings. Your meals can be enjoyed from either the Indian restaurant, the buffet table or an all-American steakhouse. Tennis courts, a football pitch and aerobics classes ensure you're burning off all that energy, and nightly entertainment comprises live music, a disco room and a more laid-back lounge bar.
In the heart of Marrakech, this hotel shows how living the high life doesn't require a high price point. This adults-only resort has style aplenty, best seen in the central pool and its surrounding plaza. You're a couple of minutes' walk to the historic delights of the medina, while your days can be spent enjoying the hot tubs, staying active in the fitness rooms or getting a massage. There's also an outdoor shisha bar for an exotic evening or two beneath the stars, and two swimming pools, one of which is heated in the low season from November to March.