Travel questions

So Simon, would you recommend a holiday in Marrakech?

Simon Calder answers your questions on Morocco, awol luggage, and a Disneyland dilemma

Tuesday 06 June 2023 17:05 BST
Treasure trove: a souk in the city’s Medina area
Treasure trove: a souk in the city’s Medina area (Getty/iStock)

Q We are thinking of travelling to Marrakech next year. I have had some very conflicting opinions on this. Some love it but some say it is dirty and unsafe. Any thoughts on this, please?

Pauline W

A My most recent of many visits to Marrakech was last October. I have always found it a fascinating and friendly place, and clean enough. I recommend a visit to the city unreservedly. The heart of the city is the Medina, a maze of lanes and a hive of activity from dawn until dusk. It is also home to many riads: handsome townhouses, usually with courtyards, that offer characterful stays. If you prefer, though, there are plenty of good hotels in the more modern, mainly French-built new town, Gueliz, where the avenues are wider. The vast open square, Djemaa el Fna, is the hub of the city, populated by makeshift cafes serving food cooked over red-hot charcoal.

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