Make Memories in Marrakesh
Your family will come back with a suitcase of happy & unique memories, after a holiday in Marrakech. This historic city has so much to see and try that you won’t miss being on the beach. From marvellous palaces to splash-filled water parks, families are sure to ensure Mystic and Modern Marrakech.
Summers are scorching in Marrakesh, reaching 40 degrees centigrade. December – March is warm reaching 20 degrees in the daytime but chilly at night. Perfect for a quick escape from the British weather. Easter holidays are a good time to get away for a bit of warmth and sunshine. Whilst October half terms usually offer the best weather for sightseeing & value for family breaks, reaching a pleasant 27 degrees centigrade most days.
TOP TIP> During winter months, outdoor pools are often too cold to swim in. There are a few places which offer indoor pools or outdoor heated pools. But cooler weather does make it a lot easier to explore the historical sites.
Easyjet, TUI & Ryanair fly to Marrakech departing from many local airports in UK, including London Luton, Birmingham & Manchester. AirArabia has also launched new routes to Morocco too. Flights usually offer good value however always check what time the flight departs. A 6 am flight with young children means reaching the airport at 4 am, with sleepy children to navigate through security & boarding.
Places to Eat
The famous Jemaa El-Fna offers lots of food options from traditional cous-cous to delicious ice-creams, for a variety of budgets.
Head to the newer area of Gueliz for well known brands like McDonalds & Pizza Hut, (halal-certified). The area is also home to Indian, Thai and other international cuisine types. The Carre Eden mall offers a food court with Burger King, Walk in Wok and some healthier options. The Menara Mall has a great selection of cuisines and a wonderful panoramic view to enjoy.
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Where to Stay
From a traditional Riad in the heart of the Medina (old town) to one of the many new apartment concept hotels, there are a lot of great options for families in Marrakesh. Why not try a whole Riad to yourselves, with your own private pool? Find the perfect fit for your family & for your budget here>
Make Each Day Count….
Some of the many places to enjoy together, in Marrakech, and make memories.
Horse & Carriage Ride – A visit to the Jemaa El Fna is incomplete with out taking the family on a horse & carriage ride. The chances are you will end up paying more than a local for the experience, but the kids will love it & you can capture some beautiful snaps during the ride. You can take a ride down to the Carre Eden Mall or Menara Mall for some air-conditioned family fun & places to eat.
Quad Biking – For a fun day out, try out a quad biking experience in the sandy dunes around Marrakech. A unique and memorable day where you can take in the stunning desert scenery, whilst enjoying the exhilaration of travelling by quad bike through the Moroccan desert. Why not combine the adventure of Quad Biking with the thrill of a camel ride? Find Out More>
Palooza Land – A small dinosaur theme park. The dinosaurs and rides are perfect for toddlers and young children. There are also some rides and a zip wire activity for older children. It is not Alton Towers or even Gulliver’s Land, but it is a nice place to visit for a couple of hours. Open 2.30pm- 10pm daily. You purchase an Access card at the Box Office, with credits, which are redeemed for rides or access to the swimming pools. Address: Koudiate laabid, route de Casablanca, Marrakech. Phone: +212524059504 You can also walk down to the massive nearby Marjane Supermarket to do some essentials shopping, followed by lunch at Fuddruckers or Pizza Hut. But please do ensure you arrange a lift back otherwise you might find yourself stranded.
Ensemble Artisanal & Cyber Parc – Close to one another, these to venues are great for a family visit. The Ensemble Artisinal is perfect for your souvenir shopping. There is a lot of choice, a chilled out atmosphere & good prices. There are also some places offering refreshments. You can pick up some postcards from here to send home but you will need to get the stamps from the Post Office ‘La Poste’ located in the Jemma el Fna. The Cyber Parc is great for the kids to run around and you to unwind. Lush green gardens & walkways. Located on Avenue Mohammed V, a short walk from the Khoutabia Mosque, away from the Medina. Admission: FREE
KidZo – On the top level of the Menara Mall, Kidzo is a hub of excitement for kids of all ages. With a massive selection of arcade type games, a soft-play area and even a small ice rink to amuse. You purchase an reloadable card with credits at the KidZo reception, which are used to pay for the rides and attractions. Meanwhile, the food court offers a variety of restaurants and snack bars, all with a panoramic view of Marrakech. KidZo is open daily between 10am – 10pm, restaurants open at 12pm. There is also a Carrefour Supermarket. Address: Avenue Mohammed VI Marrakech
Camel Rides – For a change of scene, take a leisurely camel ride and enjoy a relaxing break from the busy markets and streets of Marrakech. Ideal for children and adults alike. How about a Sunset Camel Ride ?Find Out More>
Le Vizir Center Parc & Resort – You can access the park as a day visitor. The park has a large pirate themed swimming pool, a women-only pool, zip wire & rope parks, archery, rock-climbing, tennis courts and a gym. There is a restaurant on site which serves a good selection of food. The Jasmine Spa also offers a Hamam experience and superb massages. It really is a great day out for the whole family, away from the hustle & bustle of the Medina of Marrakech. Address: Route de Casablanca, Oulad Ben Rahmon. Phone: +212524354141
Desert Nights – Experience the magic of a two or three night stay in the desert, under the stars. Staying in tents, eating and sleeping under the desert stars. Collection from your accommodation in a 4-wheel drive vehicle with many stops on the way to visit some of the well-known places in Morocco. Contact Ali from Magic of Marrakech Tours for booking enquiries via WhatsApp: +212 661 936651
Eden Andalou Aquapark – The aquapark has 5 pools, a kids activity pool, slides and snack bar. Open from 10am to 6pm daily. Toddlers under 80cm go free, children upto 120cm starting price of 100 MAD and adults prices start at 170 MAD. Food & drink from outside can not be brought in, so you might want to consider the option including a meal. Eden Andalou Aquapark address: Km 4 route Amezmiz The aquapark is closed during January & February.
Majorelle Gardens – A place where art meets nature, in a most exquisite and unique way. Escape to these botanical gardens, with the family for an hour or so, you won’t be disappointed. Visit the Berber Museum & the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Open between 9am and 5pm daily. Adults pay 70 MAD to access the gardens and children under 12 years enter free. The gardens are wheel-chair friendly. Address: Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakech Phone: +212661759058
Carré Eden Mall – On the top level of the mall is Kinder Club. A good-sized soft-play area for toddlers and young kids. Ages 3- 12 years. You can leave them there supervised while you shop or enjoy a meal at the food court. Phone: +212524435730. At the Food Court, there is Burger King, Walk in Wok as well as other healthy & junk food type restaurants to order from. Or head to the basement where you will find a large Carrefour supermarket, perfect for stocking up on snacks and water. There is also free wifi. Address: Boulevard Mohamed V, Gueliz, Marrakech
- Madressa Ben Youssef – A 14th Century boarding school which housed up to 900 students studying Quran, Law & Theology. In 1960, the school closed only to be re-opened as a tourist attraction. The school can be found in the medina. Open 9am to 5pm daily. Entrance fee: 6 Euros (Currently closed & under renovation.
Khoutabia Mosque – Known by its towering Minaret, this 12th Century mosque in the Medina (old Town) is a great place to visit with the kids. Although entrance into the mosque may be restricted to worshippers, the surrounding courtyard, electric cars and nearby Cyber Parc make this a great place to visit. A note for worshippers, outside of prayer times you will find the mosque closed. Knock on the door and the Imam will usually open up. There are ablution facilities inside. Open Daily. Entrance Fee: Free
Day Trips – Ait ben Hadou, Ouzarate, Ourika Valley, Ouzoud, Essaouria. More details coming soon. Contact Ali from Magic of Marrakech Tours for booking enquiries via WhatsApp: +212 661 936651 Or speak to their UK representative Sally on 07796472716. Find out more about the Excursions available>
A Historical Adventure through the Maze-like Medina awaits….
The Jemaa El-Fna – The Main Square in the Marrakech Medina (Old Town) is a must do for all visitors to the city. There are snake charmers & fake watch sellers to be harassed by. Don’t start taking pictures otherwise you might find yourself being harassed for cash. There are also some real bargain food joints and delicious ice-cream to be enjoyed. It is a real hustle & bustle experience, so do keep your wits about you. Some people do experience reactions to the henna, so consider carefully whether to proceed. Do enjoy the delicious fresh juices and the free samples too. Open daily. Entrance Fee: Free
Palais de Bahia – This 19th Century Palace is a magnificent display of Islamic Architecture. Colourful geometric tiling line the floors & walls with intricate wood & stone carvings in Arabic Calligraphy. It is a feast for the for eyes and definitely worth taking along a camera. Open Daily 9 am to 5pm. Entrance fee: 1 Euro.
Saadian Tombs – These tombs date back to the 16th Century. Whilst they are most beautifully constructed, it is worth remembering that it is a graveyard, so respect should be shown accordingly. This site is also located in the old town. Open daily 9am to 5pm. Entrance Fee: 6 Euros.
TOP TIP> Most of these sights are perfectly accessible without a guide and a good old map, if you do not have young kids in tow & are travelling in cooler months. Otherwise we recommend booking a tour with a certified tour agency, such as the Magic of Marrakech or via trusted agencies like Viator.
TOP TIP> Haggle a price with Horse-Carriage operators and head to Carre Eden Mall in Gueliz. These make a good alternative to taxis. The ‘petit taxis’ can legally only carry 3 persons. So you would need to watch out for ‘grand taxis’ which can carry more people.
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