Marrakech tours and excursions
Horse drawn tours
For an opulent experience, climb into the cart of a horse drawn carriage, usually standing in wait for well-heeled customers near the Jemaa el Fna. Hop in around sunset for striking views of the scenery around the Medina, including the Koutoubia Mosque. Fares should be negotiated in advance.
If you're short on time, and exploring the souks solo holds no appeal, ask your hotel or riad to recommend a reliable, knowledgeable guide or get a list of licensed guides from the tourist office. Negotiate fees in advance. For small groups, Marrakech by Locals can arrange various walking tours, such as exploring the medina.Website: http://www.marrakechbylocals.com
With its beguiling blue buildings, surfer-strewn shores and psychedelic 'happy pants' hanging in the bazar, Essaouira has clung on to an element of its hippy charm that made it popular in the 1960s and 70s. A near constant Atlantic breeze aids the town's chilled ambiance, where seafood sizzles in rustic cafes next to art studios and record stores. Suddenly Marrakech feels a lot further than 180km (112 miles) away. Supratours express buses leave Marrakech next to the train station several times a day.Tel: +212 537 731 061.
Imlil, Atlas Mountains
The mighty Atlas Mountains frame the city of Marrakech and provide the perfect complementary antithesis to a holiday in the city. The tranquil Berber village of Imlil, located roughly 66km (40 miles) away, is an ideal overnight spot, where intrepid muleteers crawl past on their way into the mountains. Trekking and relaxing is the main port of call here, with a waterfall the main attraction. The best way to travel to the mountains is grand taxi: climb in and get cosy, you'll probably be sharing your seat.