Mar­rakech is rich with cul­ture, colour and tra­di­tion. From desert treks to lush gar­dens, the al­lure of this Moroc­can oa­sis is strong

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In 1939, Ge­orge Or­well wrote of trav­ellers flock­ing to Mar­rakech in search of “camels, cas­tles, palm trees, For­eign Le­gion­naires, brass trays and ban­dits”. Ever since, this Moroc­can me­d­ina (old town) has been en­tic­ing vis­i­tors with its teem­ing souks, pink-hued palaces and el­e­gant ri­ads. These days there are more bou­tique ho­tels than ban­dits, but whether you’re duck­ing un­der rolls of drip­ping bright yarn in the dy­ers’ quar­ter, tast­ing lamb that’s been roasted un­der­ground in a clay pot or sleep­ing un­der the stars amid the Sa­ha­ran sands, the ap­peal of Mar­rakech is eter­nally cap­ti­vat­ing.

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