Marrakech
Morroco
By Vanessa Brown

Marrakech, Morocco is known the world over as a place of wonder and beauty. Located in the North African country of Morocco near the foothills of the scenic snow-capped Atlas Mountains, the city has been a draw to travelers from far and wide for centuries. Like many cities of the area, Marrakech is an intriguing mix of both old and new. One half is a fortified ancient city known as Medina while the other half is an adjacent modern city called Gueliz.

Marrakech is an area with a semi-arid climate featuring mild wet winters and hot dry summers. Because the wet winter/dry summer precipitation pattern of Marrakech mirrors precipitation pattern found in Mediterranean climates WhatsCheaper.com suggests this location at any time of year. Marrakech is served by Menara International Airport (RAK) which receives lights from Europe and neighboring African countries. Marrakech is connected to Casablanca to the north by both a toll roadway as well as a train. At WhatsCheaper.com we advise visitors to take advantage of both locations while visiting.  Just click here to book your flight arrangements (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com can also assist with hotel reservations; by clicking here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) you can get started.

Located only 2-3 hours from mainland Europe the city is still today seen as a gateway from the west to the east where a crossroads of cultures and traditions has resulted in a city like no other. Marrakech is home to many historical, natural, and cultural sites that are not to be missed. Inside the city is the souk or traditional market while nearby visitors will find the valley of the Ourika River in the Atlas Mountains, the valley of the Draa River in the south, near the Sahara desert, the Waterfalls of Beni Mellal, and Essaouira on the Atlantic ocean.

At WhatsCheaper.com we suggest that guests not miss Djemaa el Fna.  Djemaa el Fna is a square and marketplace in the fortified Medina section. Established 1070-1072, along with the rest of the old city, the area has seen both decline as well as revitalization over the years and is extremely rich in both history and culture. On a standard day guests can witness the square alive and bustling with acrobats, juice vendors, storytellers, traditional water sellers with leather bags and brass cups, and snake charmers more than willing to take a moment to be photographed with guests. As the day turns to night the area becomes much more festive offering Chleuh dancing-boys, magicians and such. Toward evening food vendors begin to pop up as the area becomes the local nightspot. Situated between the square visitors can find one of the largest traditional North African markets in existence featuring a wide variety of daily needs for both locals and tourists alike. WhatsCheaper.com has noted that due to the understood importance of tourism to the area there is a very strong but discreet police presence in the square, market, and surrounding area.

Just outside of the city natural wonders abound. Whether one chooses to journey into the Atlas Mountains to the north for a trip on the Ourika River, to the Valley of the Draa River near the Sahara Desert , or the Waterfalls of Beni Mellal to the west on the Atlantic Ocean it is easy to see why so many have been enraptured by this place. It is a place of natural beauty beyond comparison. One can easily feel moved through time while viewing magnificence very much in the way it would have been viewed 1000 years ago. Bring extra batteries for your camera and a sense of adventure as you will want to capture photos of a lifetime.

For a true transport back in time guests may also want to visit other locations near Marrakech.  Essaouira, though comparably slightly smaller than Marrakech, has for a very long time been considered by many to be one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast. The Carthaginian navigator Hanno visited and established a trading post there in the 5th century BC that has only very rarely ever slowed. Guests may view Estonian plates from 7th century BCE unearthed just off the coast on a small island, Roman coins left behind in the 1st century CE, Portuguese relics of the 1500s CE, French munitions of the 1700s CE and much more.

WhatsCheaper.com notes that guests will most certainly want to make a day trip to Casablanca. Established in the 7th century this truly romantic historical city could be an entire trip unto itself. Guests may walk the classic streets and frequent the many cafes while also enjoying a serious touch of the modern. Casablanca hosts headquarters and main industrial facilities for the leading Moroccan and international companies based in Morocco. The Port of Casablanca is one reputed to be one of the largest artificial ports in the world, and the largest port of North Africa. In addition the Port of Casablanca is also the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

At WhatsCheaper.com we know that guests will have a wonderful time while visiting Marrakech. Whether interested in history, culture, nature, or just unprecedented sights there is much to do in Marrakech. Follow this link to start planning your trip today.

MUST SEE IN Marrakech LIST:

  • 1. Majorelle Garden
  • 2. L'atelier Faim d'Epices
  • 3. Les Bains de Marrakech
  • 4. Ali Ben Youssef Medersa
  • 5. Golf Assoufid
  • . Medina of Marrakech
  • 7. Souk Cuisine
  • 8. Hammam De La Rose
  • 9. Medina Guided Tours
  • 10. Les Sens de Majorelle

Marrakech EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Marrakech Marathon - January
  • 2. Tafraoute - February
  • 3. Fatih Mouharam - March
  • 4. Independence Day - June
  • 5. Marrakech Popular Arts Festival - July
  • 6. Imilchil Marriage Festival - August/September

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Hotel Riu Tikida Garden
Circuit de la Palmeraie - BP 1585, Marrakech, Morocco
By Elizabeth DeCicco

Are you and your family searching for a pleasant hotel experience in the vibrant culture of Marrakech, Morocco? Reserve a room at the Riu Tikida Garden, a ten minute drive from the Marrakech-Menara Airport. The hotel is located in close proximity to must-visit fascinating attractions: Djemaa el Fna square, the medina quarter, the Moroccan market, the Saadíes graves, the walls, the Jewish quarter and other enriching sites. The hotel offers a courtesy bus to tourist spots. In the lobby area is a gift shop, boutique and free LAN internet access. Also in the lobby is the “Zanzíbar" bar.

Within its 255 guestrooms, the Riu Tikida Garden uses the unique ornamental design of Moroccan tiles and colors for a cultural impression. Double rooms have a hairdryer, free wireless LAN internet, a small fridge, a flat screen satellite television, an in-room safe, 2 beds 100x200 cm, and a balcony or terrace. Superior double rooms include a bathroom with bidet and sofa. Junior suites feature a living room area with a sofa bed, 2 beds or 1 king size bed.

Among the hotel’s amenities, there are restaurants, swimming pool area, a beauty salon, the "Tikida Spa" wellness center and a children’s playground. Enjoy the hotel’s swimming pools, two designated for adults and children, which have a poolside snack and drink bar, complimentary sun loungers, parasols and towels by the pool, and a sun terrace. The “Tikida Spa” serves a menu of various treatments and massages. Also at the spa is a dry sauna, “hammam”, or a Turkish bath, stretching exercises and aqua-aerobics. The indoor swimming pool heats up during the winter season.

Be sure to try the continental breakfast or the breakfast buffet with a variety of cuisines and “on the spot cooking stations.” WhatsCheaper.com helps with your ideal choices on hotels based on your preferred accommodations and taste for exotic travel (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Le Meridien N'Fis
Avenue Mohammed VI Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
By Jaclyn Bealer

On your next visit to Morocco, book a room at Le Méridien N'Fis. The hotel is placed on 5.5 hectares of park and overlooks the breathtaking Andalusian Garden and is just minutes from the gardens of Menara and Koutoubia Mosque. While on your stay, take advantage of the two most sophisticated golf courses Morocco has to offer, both of which offer a view of the Atlas Mountains. WhatsCheaper.com knows that your stay at Le Méridien N'Fis will be of culture and elegance. Check in is at 3:00pm.

Le Méridien N'Fis has 277 spacious guests’ rooms, all with a view of the mountains, garden, park or pool. The newly renovated Superior and Deluxe rooms are newly renovated and furnished with the warmth of a traditional Moroccan residence. If you’re looking for more amenities, choose an Executive room or an Ambassador Suite which offers free Wi-Fi, a fruit basket on arrival day, unlimited access to the sauna and hammam as well as non-alcoholic beverages at Tea Lounge L'Iwan from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

This prestigious hotel offers a range of quality services including five restaurants where you can discover and taste Moroccan specialties. Le Méridien N'Fis also features a fitness center open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., an extra-large swimming pool, and a tennis court lit in hard-packed surface. Looking for some rest and relaxation? Use the services and treatments offered in the hotel’s spa.

You can also learn how to create authentic Moroccan cuisine while at Le Méridien N'Fis. For only $53USD, you can spend two hours cooking with the hotel’s executive chef. Not only will he reveal his secrets, but also help you prepare a Moroccan meal with fresh vegetables from the hotel’s kitchen garden.

After your stay, be sure to check-out before 12:00pm. WhatsCheaper.com knows that your stay at Le Méridien N'Fis will only make your trip to Morocco one to remember. Just click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started today.

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