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The hazy days of summer are officially over. Days are closing in and your jumper drawer is starting to get a bit more use as the days go on. But, if you're not prepared to say goodbye to the sunshine or your summer wardrobe just yet, winter sun breaks are your best bet. In this, the first of a series of guides to winter sun locations, we take a look at Marrakech in

With a comfortable temperature of around 20 degrees centigrade during November, Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco, with a population of around one million. The city is split into two very contrasting areas - the Medina, the old part of the city and the Ville Nouvelle, or the modern district. Each has something to offer the traveller. Getting there is straightforward; the city is served by Menara Airport (RAK) located about nine kilometres from the city. Many airlines, including budget lines fly there regularly. 

Once in the city, getting around by foot or taxi is ideal. The centre of life in the Medina is the main square, Djemaa El-Fna. During the day you will find it filled with stalls and traditional entertainments such as snake charmers, but during the night it is even more bustling with entertainments, dancers, stalls and musicians. The side streets coming off the square are packed with local markets, known as souks. Here you can find bargains galore including leather items, pottery or spices. Haggling is normal here so expect to spend some time settling on a price. Exploring the souks can easily take all day.

If you fancy taking in some history, the Saadian Tombs are full of Moroccan tiles, known locally as Zelij. Also try the El Bahia Palace which sits among fantastic gardens. There are also plenty of museums and art galleries to explore whether you're touring with a guide or independently. After days spent sightseeing and shopping, you should of course make a trip to a Hammam, or Turkish Bath. There are several located in the city, if you're a female traveller many of them run women only sessions.

Accommodation is available for all budgets from low cost hostels to high end luxury hotels with spas. In the Medina you can also find lots of Riads, which are traditional accommodations that surround an internal courtyard. You'll be spoilt for choice so choose your hotel according to your pocket. Wherever you stay in this beautiful city you will find lots to explore and discover.


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