An alternative tour guide to Marrakech

by Laurene Mondet
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Marrakech is justly renowned for the colourful animation of its main square, Jemaa el Fna, and authentic souks. However if you want to get off the beaten track, there is plenty to discover in the city and its surroundings. Here is a selection of the top alternative attractions in and around Marrakech to please any type of travellers.

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Cooking classes

If you are interested in learning the secrets of Moroccan cuisine, book an incredible cooking lesson with Les Borjs de la Kasbah. Learn how to cook the best tagine, or the perfect couscous to impress your friends back home on your leading gastronomy escape in Marrakech. At the end of the lesson, you will enjoy the fruits of your labours by tasting your own dishes in the restaurant.


Only 15 minutes from the centre of Marrakech, Ludiparc is a new adventure park perfect for a family day out. This recreational heaven for youngsters boasts several indoor and outdoor water facilities, bouncy castles, quad bikes, paddle boats, arcade games and restaurants. There are over 55 species of birds here, which make Ludiparc a must-see on your luxury family getaway in Morocco.

Hot air balloon flight

Experience Marrakech from a unique perspective and enjoy a hot air balloon ride to discover the incredible landscapes. Float gently up into the morning sky and see the prevailing views of the city, the surrounding desert and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. After the landing, experience a traditional breakfast in a tent. This excursion is definitely the perfect way to learn about the Moroccan culture and enjoy a leading romantic holiday in Marrakech.

Akbar Delight

If you are looking for traditional clothing, this upmarket French-owned boutique is just what you need. Akbar Delights sells some of the most stylish kaftans and Moroccan-influenced fashion in Marrakech. The tiny space is crammed with embroidered tops and dresses, incredible cotton robes, silk shawls and scarves, attractive evening bags, pillows and objects as well as the famous made-in-Morocco item, the “babouche”. Visit this wonderful shop on your next city break in Marrakech to get your family and friends the best souvenirs.

Dar Si Said Museum

Dar Si Said is a unique historic Marrakech property where you will have an excellent opportunity to immerse yourselves in the heart of Moroccan craftsmanship, architecture and history. You will also be transported by the charm of Moroccan traditional life, an exciting mosaic of cultures, habits and traditions on your special heritage escape to Morocco.

Le Comptoir Darna

Why not start with some belly dancing whilst on your trip to Marrakech? Le Comptoir Darna, famous for its musical concept, is a place where exotic dancers create a very festive atmosphere. This fun and trendy restaurant boasts both European and Moroccan dishes in a glamorous decor. The warm colours, the scent of musk and jasmine, belly dancing, delicious fare and cocktails all conspire to make your visit at Le Comptoir Darna an unforgettable experience on your best city escape in Marrakech.

Angsana Spa

A trip to Morocco is not complete without a visit to a hammam. If you are seeking a truly invigorating experience then a traditional spa is the perfect remedy. This award-winning Angsana spa is a unique concept. It blends typical Asian healing and wellness concepts with traditional Moroccan culture and technique to revitalise the senses. Indulge in a delightful menu of time-tested treatments under the skilful hands of the Angsana Spa therapist to experience the best spa getaway in Morocco.

Where to stay?

Uniquely set overlooking the Saadian Tombs, La Sultana Marrakech is an opulent, intimate boutique hotel providing some of the highest standards of accommodation and service for your leading city break in Morocco. La Sultana Marrakech boasts sumptuous rooms and suites and an amazing rooftop terrace where you can enjoy dazzling 360 degrees views of the imperial city on your luxury romantic holiday in Morocco. Book your stay at this wonderful hotel to make the most of your vacation.

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