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The ancient city of Marrakech is located at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, the gateway to the Sahara Desert.

Marrakech is also known as the Red or Rose city, it is one of the most influential and popular cities in Northern Africa since its birth in 1070.

It became the beating heart of the Almoravid (desert nomads of Morocco) empire that conquered most of North-western Africa including Andalucía in Spain and parts of Portugal.

Travel Highlights

Visa Requirements

Since I’m a dual citizen (Filipino – British), here are the visa requirements for both nationalities.

For Philippine Passport holders: No visa required. 90-days visa-free entry.

If you are travelling from the Philippines, the estimated flying time to Morocco is around 30 hours depending on your airline and stopover.

Majority of the airlines bound for the Middle East and Europe can be used to get a connecting flight to Morocco.

Unfortunately, there is no direct flight to Morocco from the Philippines yet.

For British Passport holders: No visa required. 90-days visa-free entry.

If you are travelling from the UK, there are budget airlines that frequently travels to Marrakech in all the major airports across the country.

Suggested Accommodation

Reception YotelAir Gatwick
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We had an early morning flight to Marrakech from London Gatwick.

We’ve decided to stay close to the airport to make our journey easy.

We stayed in YotelAir Gatwick, an airport hotel at the South Terminal of Gatwick Airport.

Hotel Address:
South Terminal Gatwick Airport, Arrivals Concourse, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NN
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Check their rates at YotelAir London Gatwick website | | Agoda

Read our YotelAir London Gatwick experience.

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Marrakech Main Entrance
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It was our first time to stay in an All – Inclusive hotel.

Our stay in Marrakech was delightful and we were fully looked after by the Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie.

When they said All-inclusive, they mean everything: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and everything in between.

Even the cocktail drinks in the bar! Happy days!

Well, except for the spa services, obviously.

Hotel Address:
Route Fés N8, km 6 (Annakhil), Marrakesh 40007, Morocco
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Check their rates at RIU Hotels and Resorts Website

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Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Balcony
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Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Lobby
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Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Bedroom
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Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie Poolside
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Trip Budget

Itinerary Details

Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie

Our hotel in Marrakech.

Bahia Palace

Jemaa el-Fna

Koutoubia Mosque

El Badii Palace

Le Jardin secret garden

Ben Youseff Madrasa

Here are the details of our itinerary to Marrakech for 4 days. 

Day 1:

Early departure from London Gatwick Airport.

We arrived in Marrakech around midday.

We initially pre-arranged a taxi to pick us up from the Marrakech Menara airport for 150 Moroccan Dirhams.

Arrival at Clubhotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie.

We were welcomed by the lovely staff and with cold refreshing cocktail drinks while we were checking-in at the reception.  Our luggage was taken care off and delivered to our hotel room.

Since it was an early start for us, we’ve decided to stay in and enjoy the comfort our hotel to get ready for some Moroccan adventure in the next few days.

After we had our late lunch, we’ve decided to visit the spa.

Right on the spot, we booked the last available appointment for a lovely Royal Hammam.

After our relaxing Hammam spa, we had a lovely Moroccan dinner at the speciality restaurant of the hotel.

Day 2:  

Since I was not feeling well during our trip.  We’ve decided to take it easy.

It was a rainy morning in Marrakech, so we hang out in the lobby where the resort’s entertainment team is doing some family activities.

After our lunch, we catch the afternoon free shuttle bus from the hotel to the Medina.

We just walked to Jemaa el-Fna and around the chaotic and colourful souks of Marrakech.

Day 3:

We started our day early and planned to go to some places to visit in Marrakech.

  • Ben Youssef Madrasa
  • Bahia Palace
  • El Badii Palace
  • Le Jardin secret garden
  • Koutoubia

Since I’m still feeling under the weather, we didn’t get to visit them all.

Plus, getting lost in the souks really takes up a lot of time going around in circles. Downloading a Marrakech map on my phone was really helpful. You can also book and experience these various Marrakech tours and day trips around the medina or nearby towns.

Day 4:  

After our breakfast, we head to set-off to catch our midday flight back to the UK.

Our trip to Marrakech is short and sweet and we will definitely go back again to explore more of Morocco.

Our trip to Marrakech is short and sweet and we will definitely go back again to explore more of Morocco.

Read some helpful travel tips to Marrakech that will help you to plan your trip to the Rose city.

Is Morocco or Marrakech is one of your dream destinations? 

Have you been to Marrakech, share your travel experience below.
I would love to know them!

Note: Special thanks to YotelAir Gatwick in London and RIU Hotel and Resorts (Clubhotel RIU Tikida Palmeraie) for welcoming and providing us with a complimentary and press rate to stay in their hotels.  All opinions and images in this blog post are my own.

Travel Itinerary to Marrakech
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travel itinerary to Marrakech for 4 days
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Ben Youseff Madrasa Marrakech
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