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Les Borjs de la Kasbah is in the Medina, with the Royal Palace, Saadian Tombs, Agdal Gardens and Bahia Palace nearby. The hotel is kitted out in Moorish style and has a spa and outdoor pool (200 Rue Du Mechouar; from £80).

The cool splash of fountains and the casual interplay of light, colour and shade soothe the soul at Riad Kaïss. The highlight at this eightroomed guesthouse is the courtyard at night – all candles and deep shadows (65 Derb Jdid; rooms from £170).

BA, easyJet, Ryanair and Thomson Airways have flights to Menara airport from Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham (Gatwick from £165,; Manchester from £155). From here, it’s a four-mile journey north by petit taxi (local taxi) to the Medina (£5 by day, £7 by night) – transfers arranged through a riad will cost more than double these prices. The Medina is mostly closed to car traffic, so the best way to get around is on foot or by bike – wearing a helmet is advised (from £20 per day).

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The article ‘Mini guide to history in Marrakesh’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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