07 Jun Top tips to Marrakech for families
With narrow alleyways, bustling souks and adventure at every turn, Marrakech may seem like a daunting destination for families. However, with friendly locals who love children and will often make an effort to interact with young travellers, family friendly riads, restaurants and activities to keep the entire family entertained, Marrakech is in fact an ideal destination for introducing young travellers to a new culture.
We sat down with our concierge to share a few tips on top activities for families holidaying in Marrakech.
#6 – Paintball in the Palmeraie
For a unique setting, plan to shoot some paintballs around in the Palmeraie district with the Atlas Mountains as your backdrop. With a minimum purchase of 200 paintballs per person, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. For families with more time, three courses are available!
#5 – Beat the heat and head for the waterpark!
Whether a day at Oasiria where the waterslides are a hit with the entire family, an action-packed day at Aquapark or a more relaxed day at the Beldi Country Club, a day poolside is a great day to beat the heat and keep the entire family entertained. Both Oasiria and Aquapark are family-friendly with on-site restaurant facilities and activities for all ages as is LudaPark located on the Route de Fes. A great option for staying cool during the heat of the summer months!
#4 – Get active at Terres D’Amanar
See Morocco from above as you climb treetops and zipline over the Atlas Mountains. Or for those seeking less adrenaline, perhaps archery or horse-back riding would be of greater interest to explore the area. An on-site pool is also great for family members who may prefer to relax. A restaurant on-site means this is a great place to spend a day.
#3 – Trek in the Atlas Mountains
With treks of varying difficulties and times, a visit to the nearby Atlas Mountains provides an opportunity to peak in to Berber culture. Local children run through and play freely through the streets, always delighted to see other children, while the geology and landscapes are interesting to all. Perhaps book a picnic lunch to keep little tummies full throughout the trek.
#2 – Take a caleche ride through the red city
What better way to explore magical Marrakech than in a caleche? Leaving from Jemaa el Fna, we recommend travelling along the exterior walls, passing Bab Agneau or La Mamounia before exiting the old city and travelling through the new city areas of Hivernage and Gueliz for another side of Marrakech. Another option is to travel to Majorelle Gardens via horse and carriage. Prices are noted and must be negotiated before climbing on board.
#1 – Visit Jeema el Fna
An ambiance that must be experienced both during the day and in the evening. Monkeys and snake charmers during the day, musicians and games in the evening. Not forgetting the food stalls, this is one of our favourite places to visit. We recommend starting with a sunset tea before heading off to explore the lively big square.
Here at Riad 72, our Karma Suite is large enough for families travelling together while our neighbouring Maha (twin) and Manar (double) rooms located on the first floor are popular with couples travelling with older children, desiring a riad experience. Our new in-room concierge booklet is filled with restaurant recommendations, excursion ideas and more!
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