We were drawn to the mystique of Marrakech—its ancient history and vibrant markets—for our recent family holiday. Unlike many of its neighboring countries of late, Morocco has not had any social uprisings or threat of civil war. So we felt comfortable travelling to the Red City with our toddler in tow.
We wanted to begin our visit with a driving tour of the city, and the concierge at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech organized an unconventional tour by horse drawn carriage. So we hoofed it around the ramparts and then out to the palm groves of la Palmeraie for a family camel ride at dusk.
Marrakech is a bustle and traffic is anything but organized. For this reason, we opted for a backpack carrier for our toddler. Without the constraints of a stroller, we easily navigated through the crowded Medina while our daughter benefited from better views.
If you wish to learn some history outside the guidebook, and avoid getting lost in the serpentine of souks, book a private guide. We booked ours through the resort concierge, and it was brilliant.
Our guide tailored our morning around our daughter’s temperament and our personal interests. We ticked off several main sights in half a day and, with the afternoon free, returned to the resort for pampering and pool time. (One thing to note when on any organized tour: make sure you have plenty of dirhams on hand for additional entrance fees and tipping.)
On our last day we ventured one hour (by car) outside Marrakech to the Ourika Valley for a delightful tagine lunch and fresh mountain air.
Marrakech is fascinating city for families to explore together. But after hours of walking in the hot sun, the chaos of the open-air markets and continual sales pitches persistent souk vendors, Four Seasons is the perfect retreat for little and big travelers to relax and unwind.
Here are some photos from our adventures in the ancient Red City.
Read more on Marrakech in Four Seasons Magazine.
Read our “Concierge Recommendations“ for Marrakech in Four Seasons Magazine.
Read our Marrakech Foraging with the Chef story on Taste.
Callie Pannier has a Bachelor's in English Literature from Rhodes College. After graduating from university, and a few years of traveling, she joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to pursue a career that would cater to her love of travel and fine hotels. Today, Callie is a freelance writer and blogger. She is passionate about family, food, photography, travel and loves reading. She lives in the English countryside, just an hour from London, with her husband and daughter: Eloise, three. Life with a French chef, a precocious toddler and one opinionated dog inspired Callie to begin blogging about her family adventures both abroad and at home at Callie & Chef.
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