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Marrakesh is not your average holiday destination. This magical place is a world away from a traditional bucket and spade break, and will leave you with memories to treasure for years to come. Experience a visit to a traditional hammam, learn to dance in the Djemaa el-Fna, sip a delicious cocktail on the rooftop of an eighteenth century riad - you will find that every day brings a new way to absorb the atmosphere in this wonderful location.

Marrakesh is a great place to visit all year round. During the spring and autumn months, the city boasts almost uninterrupted sunshine, with warm sultry days and cooler nights. At the height of the summer season, temperatures can soar as high as 38C. Winter temperatures are ideal for sightseeing, but do bear in mind that evenings can get very chilly indeed, so remember to pack some appropriate clothing. It may be advisable to avoid travelling during Ramadan, as many restaurants and shops shut during this period.

The city is easily accessed from the airport, and the transfer should cost no more than £10 in a cab. For a truly spectacular way to explore this part of the world, you could consider a cruise. Many stop off at Casablanca, which is just a train journey away from Marrakesh, taking around three hours and taking in some stunning scenery on the way. Another option is to take the truly scenic route - hope on the Eurostar from London to Paris, connect to the sleeper that runs through Spain, hop on the one of the ferries that connects to Tangiers and from there take the train. It may take several days but it is one of those journeys that you will never forget, and for all the right reasons.

Once in Marrakesh, the best way to navigate the Medina is certainly on foot. However, if you are tired after a long day exploring, you could take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage (caleche). This will cost on average £7 per hour. Travelling from the Medina from the New City is best undertaken in a cab. You will find that the meters are often broken, but you should expect to pay no more than £3 per trip.

There are a number of unofficial rules that apply when navigating the Medina. You will find that animals, vehicles, the elderly and women with or without children generally take precedence over tourists when it comes to negotiating the right of way!

While Marrakesh has one foot plated firmly in the 21st century, it is still considered respectful to the locals to keep shoulders and knees covered in public areas.

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