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Family Holidays to Marrakech

This sprawling and ancient city combines history for curious minds, contemporary eateries for food lovers, and sleek, modern shopping for those in search of top souvenirs.

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Take your family to see the sights of the great Red City

Marrakech is only four hours' direct flight from the UK, which means an exotic excursion is almost on your doorstep.

The city has played a pivotal role in Morocco's history, and its handsome rusty-colour buildings have given it the nickname of the Red City. Its medina is home to winding souks where bartering is king, while further afield, museums and modern shopping centres promise superb days out.

The low season for Marrakech, when prices have dropped but temperatures are still nice and high, falls between November and March, giving you plenty of scope to make the most of the city's sights. A sense of community sets the atmosphere of the city, making Marrakech a superb family holiday destination, because the people are multicultural, multilingual and always happy to meet new faces.

Best family activities in Marrakech

However your time is spent in Marrakech, there's going to be plenty of fun for every member of your happy troupe. You'll find toys, clothes, handbags, traditional crafts and plenty of good food in the various stalls woven into the medina district, where the tradition of bargain hunting is as strong today as it has been for centuries. A trip to see the street performers of Jemaa el-Fnaa also comes highly recommended, where jugglers, singers and animal performers make every afternoon and evening a bustle of colour and fun. Kids are guaranteed a good time here.

If you're looking to improve your family's knowledge of Moroccan culture, there's a sight to see at every turn. The mosaics, arches and architecture of Ben Youssef Medersa, the gorgeous coloured tiles of El Badi Palace and the museums of both local and international art and history across Marrakech make for a trip bound to inspire. You can also take a horse and buggy tour of the city for a different perspective.

Other popular family holidays

If it's Morocco's coast rather than its cities that speak to you and your family, make a beeline for sumptuous Agadir, where you'll find sublime shores lapped by the Mediterranean Sea. Directly north are those fabulous European family holiday mainstays, namely Portugal and Spain. Of course, the classic brilliance of Marrakech offers a much more exotic twist on your family holiday, as you'll see in our travel guide. To give you an even greater headstart, we've also gathered the city's best family holiday hotels for you below.

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