One question Your Holiday Planner gets asked a lot is: Where is it hot in winter that’s within easy reach of the UK?
Marrakesh is undoubtedly one place I would recommend to get some quick sun and escape the UK winter weather. The phrase ‘sensory overload’ springs to mind when you land in this intoxicating city and here are 5 reasons why Marrakesh makes for an ideal hot winter holiday destination:
Warm and sunny; Winter (December to February) can be lovely and warm with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Temperature charts show average daytime temperatures of around 18°C – 20°C. Having visited in February, I can vouch that temperatures can reach 26°C which is hot in anyone’s book (and especially if you’ve come from the UK!). Be prepared for cool nights (around 10°C) and pack something warm.
Short flight; The flight time from UK to Marrakesh is around 4 hours. Fly direct with Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomson and Royal Air Maroc at the moment. (British Airways and BMI are both introducing flights from March/April 2011).
Same time zone; When the UK is on GMT ie. end of October to March, there is no time difference between the UK and Marrakesh, so no jetlag to contend with; just arrive and away you go.
Cultural experience; Just 4 hours away, Marrakesh is a great tonic to grey UK winters. Your senses awaken with a jolt as you wander through the maze of Marrakesh’s souks, haggle for leather babouches slippers, dodge the donkey carts and mopeds, watch the sunset over Djemaa el Fna as you hear the call to prayer.
Relaxing riads; For an authentic stay, choose from the many charming riad guest-houses. Restored with Moroccan craftsmanship, with a garden, a courtyard, a roof terrace, or even a heated swimming pool, riads offer a calm and relaxing oasis to the city streets.
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