You might have been mesmerised by its dreamy otherness on TV travel shows, in magazine spreads and on people’s Instagram feeds. From a distance (roughly 7,000km from our part of the continent), Marrakech looks like something out of a romantic adventure — vivid bolts of colour meet arid landscape, mint tea meets market meandering. The allure of the Moroccan desert city is seductive, and so is the promise of an almost-on-par currency. The FM made the trek and gathered some essential info (through trial and error), guaranteed to make your visit there marvellous.

Getting there As with most African destinations north of the equator, it’s impossible to get to Marrakech direct from SA. You can fly via European cities such as Paris, Madrid and Lisbon, and then from there to the city, which has a huge, airy, beautiful new airport. The FM flew via Cairo and then connected to Casablanca — or "Casa", as the locals call it — which is itself worth a visit if you like a big-city buzz. It’s o...

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