Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:00 AM
Marrakesh is a fabulous place to visit on holiday, with its fascinating history, bustling streets, lively atmosphere and vibrant culture.
The Red City, which was formerly the imperial city of Morocco - back in the day when it was the Kingdom of Marrakesh - is dripping with history and tales of its magical past.
Situated in North Africa close to the Menara International Airport it is easy to reach.
It is also not far from Casablanca, another Moroccan town that is worth a visit.
Visitors looking for a Moroccan villa in Marrakesh will have to choose between staying in the modern city of Gueliz or the old fortified city of Medina.
Marrakesh villas are a great place to stay when exploring the city and its different charms.
The busiest square in Africa
Djemaa-el-Fna is one of the highlights of any trip to Marrakesh.
It is the busiest square in Africa and during the day it is filled with entertainers from acrobats and musicians, to water sellers, story-tellers and dancers.
At night, the square is transformed to become a huge open-air restaurant as the crowd-pleasers are replaced by food stalls.
Tourists staying in a villa in Morocco may want to come here at dinner time and sample some of the local produce, ranging from spicy curries to Mediterranean dishes and unusual sweets.
Another must-see in the city is the Souk - the largest traditional market in the country.
It is here that tourists can pick up their souvenirs, gifts for family and friends and locally crafted produce.
Other highlights include the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs and the impressive Bab Agnaou city gate.
See the Agdal Gardens
The beautiful Agdal Gardens are a fabulous place to visit with their olive orchards and fruit trees.
It is here that sultans have met dignitaries and other important people throughout the centuries and the gardens still serve a ceremonial purpose in the city.
Another beautiful outdoor area to visit is Cyberpark, where nature meets technology.
Internet kiosks are dotted along the park next to orange trees and green palms in what was once a royal garden.