If you’re looking for the perfect destination to whisk away your sweetheart for a short break, look no further than Marrakech in northern Africa’s Morocco. At just three and a half hours away from London, you and your lovebird can be soaking up the sun and taking in the exotic vibes in one of Africa’s most popular holiday destinations. A new setting might be just what you need to spice up your trip, so read on to discover how to make your stay unforgettable.

The perfect place to stay for a lovers’ getaway in Marrakech is a romantic riad. There are an abundance of these in the Medina, or Marrakech’s old town, and you really can’t find anywhere more gorgeous to stay than a grand Medina riad. They are known for their central gardens complete with citrus trees and fountains which are perfect for staying cool in the hot midday sun, and will make any holiday extra special. Riads range from the traditional to the luxurious, with some featuring pools, rooftop terraces and spa facilities for some his and her treatments. Lots of riads can also arrange for private rooftop dining, so if you feel like spoiling your better half, this is a great gesture.

A visit to the Museum de la Photographie might not seem especially romantic at first until you see the view from the eating area on the terrace. A flawless view of the sun-drenched Atlas mountains makes for a gorgeous backdrop to the golden landscape of northern Africa, and will make a great background for your holiday snaps.

The souks are a perfect place to show off your bargaining skills and pick up some matching traditional Moroccan dress, and you can sample the exquisite local cuisine on offer from the stalls scattered throughout the bazaars. Gorgeous gold jewellery can be found at specialist stalls if you’re looking for a special treat.

For a sensuous after dark experience, head to Jemaa El-Fna to watch the dancers and street performers amid the excited crowd of locals and tourists. This is the number one hotspot in Marrakech, and is a thrilling place to ditch the shoes and dance the night away to the hypnotic Moroccan tunes.

The main reason Marrakech is such a good choice for a romantic holiday is that it’s something a little different. If Paris feels a little clichéd and New York feels a bit far flung, be sure to try one of the new wave of romantic hotspots, just a few hours away and waiting to be discovered.

Emma Lawson is a travel enthusiast and loves to share her travel secrets with wanderlust-riddled readers.

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