Nestled between mountain and desert, it is perhaps not surprising that Marrakech is a city of contrasts. The bustling atmosphere of the Djema el Fna could scarcely be further removed from the tranquillity of the many beautiful gardens, and the intricate medieval streets of the medina are at bewildering variance with the wide, tree-lined boulevards of the New Town. Everywhere though, the city's character and infectious charm shines through.
Marrakech holiday highlights
• The fascinating history of a city considered the 'heartbeat' of Morocco, particularly the spectacular, 12th Century Koutoubia Mosque, towering benevolently over the Old Town, dates back as far as the 12th Century, the bizarre El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs.
• Private riads, where more recent, French colonial history comes to life - these elegant, whitewashed villas, remain peaceful and cool even in the bustle and heat of the day...the ideal base from which to discover the ancient gems and modern-day excitement of Marrakech.
• Excursions to the intriguing Berber villages of the High Atlas and the breathtaking kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, star of numerous Hollywood epics.