home > places to stay > why go to > Morocco > Marrakech

why go to Marrakech


 Marrakesh, Morocco. If you're looking for a family trip that mixes sunshine with relaxation and excitement and adventure, look no further than Marrakesh. The medina offers all the sights, smells and sensory stimulation you can ask for, and when you've had enough, you can retreat to the oasis that is the Palmaraie on the outskirts of Marrakesh where you can go on camel rides or simply relax and enjoy the views in the sunshine. The Moroccan people love children, immediately putting you at ease when you are there with your kids

Stay in the Palmaraie

Our advice to families with little ones would be to stay in the Palmaraie, in the outskirts of Marrakesh, if you are looking to relax. The medina, although exciting and exotic, can start to overload your senses after a day - and if you have a toddler in tow, you will be exhausted running after your little one to make sure they don't get lost in the warrens of the medina. To get away from the hustle and bustle, we would recommend taking day trips into the medina and to retreat into the oasis of the Palmaraie when it all gets too much.

You don't have to look hard to find many luxury hotels in the Palmaraie. Although it is about a 15-20 minute drive into Marrakesh from the Palmaraie, most hotels have deals with taxis to fix the fare, or many will arrange a driver for the day for you, at an extra cost.

We recommend staying at Jnane Tamsna. Click here for the review.


The medina is a sensory explosion for those who haven't been to one before. It's packed full of hawkers selling all kinds of wares - from an open air dentist, to snake charmers, to chemists selling chameleons(!) to fruit and vegetable stalls. The kids will not believe their eyes and noses. Adults can get into the swing of things by bargaining for tagines and saffron (one of the main exports) to bring home with them. The kids? Well,

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle reminded us of what we would expect if a 5 year old's watercolour of a garden were to explode into real life. It is a colour extravanganza and a feast for your eyes. Grown ups and little ones will be in awe of the vibrant colours of the tropical flowers contrasted with the electric blues and yellows used on the walls.

see also