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Spotlight on North Africa: Marrakesh

Autumn and winter-sun Marrakesh city breaks have become massively popular over the last few years, with discerning travellers swapping gloomy UK showers for the gorgeously hot African weather. Temperatures in Morocco generally remain in the mid- to high 20s throughout October and November, although it can become chillier at night.

Even better, this is the time when the crowds start to thin and hotels and holiday companies begin dropping their prices to attract business. Holidays to authentic Riads in the heart of the Medina and upmarket hotels in Marrakesh’s tranquil palm-grove area of La Palmeraie are currently on offer for genuinely fantastic prices, so you can take a break on a budget and still have cash left over to bag a bargain souk-side!

Once you’re there, practice your haggling skills on stunning leather bags and silk in the market by bargaining the price down – start by offering considerably lower than you’re prepared to pay and when you reach your pre-decided limit, walk away. If it’s within reason, the shop owner will follow you and agree on the selling price.

For free entertainment and inexpensive food, head to the main square or Djemaa el-Fna by night. Be prepared for a hectic, noisy experience complete with fortune tellers, drummers, snake charmers, story tellers and lit-up market stalls selling food like kebabs, traditional Moroccan pastries, tagine dishes, spiced drinks and desert, and even Marrakesh’s famous snail soup. Just be prepared: If you take any photos, any performers caught in the picture are likely to approach you and demand a tip in return.

We've rounded up some great deals to Marrakesh and other parts of North Africa.

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 18 October 2010
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Maire Bonheim