The mutual admiration between kids and Marrakesh is obvious. From the palm-studded riad gardens and their tinkling fountains to fairytale souq scenes and the spectacle of Djemaa El Fna: wonderment is everywhere.
Is Marrakesh good for kids?
Labyrinthine Marrakesh is a great place for kids: there’s plenty to see and do, and plenty of room for little imaginations to run wild. Marrakesh can sometimes be challenging for visitors – with or without kids – but advance preparation will make a visit much easier. Much of the medina can only be explored on foot, but pushchairs aren’t practical, so bring a backpack for babies and toddlers. Baby-changing facilities nonexistent, and few restaurants have kids menus. Riad accommodations are not childproof, but many cater to families, and staff dote on little ones.
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Marrakesh is an entertaining city for kids of all ages, and families can soak up the atmosphere of the city in its many markets, at a local cooking course or meeting Marrakshis at the park.
Shopping in the souqs
Kids will gaze in wonderment at the bounty of goods for sale at Marrakesh’s markets: potion sellers trading concoctions straight out of Harry Potter, old tins being hammered into Aladdin-esque lamps, cupboard-sized shops packed with spangled slippers worthy of Cinderella. Early mornings are quieter in the souqs (markets), meaning less hassle and a better view of craftspeople at work.
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Djemaa El Fna
Marrakesh museums are a poor substitute for the live theatre of the souqs and Djemaa El Fna, the city’s famous square. At any hour, the Djemaa is lively, but from 6pm to 8pm is the best time for Djemaa dance troupes and musicians, and the possibility of chance encounters with Moroccan families also doing the rounds. Early evenings is when local kids play out in public spaces such as Place des Ferblantiers – a great time for your kids to find play mates.
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Little kids love the green swathes and refreshing fountains of the Koutoubia Gardens. Stretching out behind the Koutoubia Mosque, this palm-tree-dotted swath of greenery is a favourite Marrakshi spot for strolling, relaxing on park benches and generally taking a quiet break. If you need some downtime after dodging motorbikes amid the medina’s skinny alleyways, take the locals’ lead and head here for a peaceful meander.
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Beldi Country Club
A 15-hectare country retreat designed with families in mind; includes a children’s pool and child-focused activities ranging from bread baking to horse riding. Located just 6km south of the city centre, the Beldi feels a million miles away from the dust and chaos of the medina. Lie back and smell the 15,000 roses at Dominique Leymarie’s eco-chic paradise with its pools (including one for kids), spa, hammam, curated souq shopping and restaurant (serving alcohol). Transfers cost Dh100 each way from the medina, or Dh120 to the airport.
Adrenaline-packed Terres d’Amanar balances out all that souq strolling. This outdoor centre, 36km south of Marrakesh, offers zip lines, a forest adventure course, mountain biking and horse riding. Learn to master zip lines, tackle the adventure course or head out on a horse ride or trek. There’s a pool and good restaurant, too. Great for kids, with a list of activities that’s inclusive of all age groups and abilities. It’s 36km south of Marrakesh.
Beat the heat with eight pools, a kamikaze slide and a pirate lagoon, all tucked within lush gardens. All-day family fun whizzing down kamikaze and cobra slides, playing in wave pools and pirate lagoons, plus river tubing, Jacuzzis, restaurants and an on-site infirmary to ensure everyone stays safe. Free shuttles run from Djemaa El Fna and Gueliz throughout the day.
Inquisitive older kids can sign up for Cafe Clock’s ‘Moroccan Culture 101’, a 90-minute crash course in common phrases, religious customs and local etiquette. Little sister to the Fez original, Cafe Clock is housed in an old school with sunset views over the Kasbah from its rooftop. The food, including vegie options like quiche and seasonal couscous, is decent – tourists delight in the signature camel burger. However, its popularity rests on its packed calendar of cultural performances, which also attracts many young Marrakshis.
Creative Interactions can tailor-make a task-filled medina hunt or family henna-art workshops. Creative Interactions offers Moroccan Arabic classes designed for short-term travellers. These fun and friendly workshops allow even visitors on a short stay a chance to learn the basics. Classes include tips on how to deal with hassle and how to haggle. The 3½-hour sessions come with a cooking demonstration and lunch; two-hour classes include a tea-making lesson.
Atelier Chef Tarik
Take a ride out to the country for a relaxed, al fresco cooking day with Atelier Chef Tarik – kids will love the organic kitchen gardens and farm animals. Farm-to-table cooking is at the heart of this rural culinary school a half-hour drive from Marrakesh, where rustic adobe houses and relaxed kilim-cushion garden seating give way to a bucolic organic farm and cooking tent. If you don’t fancy buying caged chickens from a Marrakesh souq, chef Tarik’s class is an excellent alternative. The price includes transfers.
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