Monday

A Day Trip in York


Planning a day trip in York can be fun and interesting because it is a city with rich historic background, which dates back to almost 2,000 years. Looking to explore its ancient historic roots then you can plan a visit to some of the most world's renowned museums that surround this beautiful city. A peek into its former inhabitants suggests that it was founded by the Romans in AD 71 and was named Eboracum. During the historic era, several influential figures became connected with the city such as Constantine the Great. York was of one the two capitals of the Roman Empire and Septimus Severus governed it for two years
 
York has also been home the Anglo Saxons, The Vikings who renamed it Jorvik during their reign. There are several highlights to consider the next time you plan a day trip to York. You can include some intriguing and fun activities, which will leave you mesmerised and captivated in the city's attractions.
 

York Minster and the Shambles


It is one of the largest medieval cathedrals present throughout the Northern Europe. It is an awe-inspiring place to visit as you can marvel at the ancient Roman columns in the crypt to the stunning views of the city as you stand in the central tower. 




There are different exhibitions and activities, which allow tourists and visitors an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see of its objects at a close range, for instance 'The Orb' exhibition. Whereas 'Revealing York Minister' allows you to browse through the undiscovered treasures of the cathedral. You can also visit the building's most unique sites giving you the opportunity to capture its amazing history of Romans, Vikings and Saxons
 

National Railway Museum


The museum sheds some light on the fascination and significance of railways during the 19th century, which played an important part on York's Renaissance. You can marvel at this amazing collection of mechanical wonder, which is situated just behind the Victorian station and the legendary engines such as Mallard and the Flying Scotsman. The museum provides interactive displays that are informative, mini train rides for the children and model railways, which you can admire. They also have an amazing outdoor play area in case your kids get bored. 




Make the most of your day and travel to York by rail. Rail tickets could be bought from the North’s biggest rail operator, Northern Rail 
 

Jorvik Viking Centre


The Jorvik Viking Centre provides a robust sensory experience to visitors of how a thriving 19th century Viking city looked, felt and smelled like. It is constructed on Britain's most thrilling archaeological findings and the unearthed ruins of original workshops. Several of the imitated houses and backyards provide a modern interactive display, which takes you back to an ancient world that once existed on this landscape
 

York Races


It is impossible to visit York and not attend one of its races. The racecourse at York almost dates back to 280 years and is the heart of York's rich horse racing culture. You can enjoy you sunny weathers marvelling at the manicured lawns, bars & restaurants, listed buildings, as you dress up prim and proper for an exciting day at the racecourse.

Make the most of Marrakech

With gorgeous sunny weather and high temperatures from April to September, Marrakech is one of Morocco’s major tourist attractions. With so much to do and see there is something available there for the entire family. Whether you’re in search of art and culture, you want a few moments of peace and rest or you’re just there for the food, Marrakech has it all. 

Here, award-winning hotel Riad el Zohar take a look at the top ten things to do when holidaying in Marrakech and don’t worry, they’re all family friendly!

Classical Art at the Marrakech Museums


Open 9 – 6:45 Wednesday – Monday, The Dar Si museum provides a unique insight into classical Moroccan life, with a stellar collection of crafts, woodwork, leather and weapons that have been rescued from the abandoned dwellings of old. The Maison de la Photographie is where you want to go to see around 8,000 photographs of 1870-1950’s Marrakech. It is a beautiful look into the ancient city. 



Wander through the markets of the Medina

Marketplaces are amazing places to get lost in and the souks of Marrakech are no different. Wander through a huge range of stalls selling fruit, hot food, craft work, handmade children’s toys and a whole host of souvenirs ready to be taken home. Certainly a trip for the day before the plane home to get some last minute gifts for the family!



Sample the delicacies of Morocco


No trip abroad will be complete without trying a few of the home dishes. Marrakech is no different, with restaurants and cafes dotted all around the city as well as stalls in the marketplace selling hot and cold snacks alike. You might have to search a bit for the best deals, but the food is certainly worth paying a little extra for if you don’t want to wait.

Take a break in a Riad


Riads are refurbished classical Moroccan homes with all the modern luxuries we have come to know and enjoy. Like a modern version of a traditional Moroccan hotel, Riads can be themed to their local area, often come with an accompanying pool and roof terrace and are very fancy for the price. Worth it for an evening or two in an authentic Moroccan hotel.

Visit the eerie Saadian Tombs


Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi imported Italian marble to make the glorious mausoleum known as the Chamber of the 12 Pillars. Neglected until the start of the 20th century, these chilling tombs are remnants of a rich Sultan desperate to immortalise himself in the world.

Peace and quiet in the Jardin Majorelle


A stark contrast to the warm sunny yellows and reds of the rest of Marrakech, the Jardin Majorelle is a beautiful green garden open to all. Boasting over 300 plant species from five different continents, the café provides a beautiful view of the garden over snacks and coffee. Those with a bit of spending money will enjoy the garden’s boutique.

Get lost in the city streets


Just wandering the streets of Marrakech can be an adventure in itself. Due to its huge array of twisting alleyways, curves and corners and little side-streets, it almost seems like a labyrinth of wonder to explore.

Find a solitary café


There are a huge number of cheap local cafes and restaurants if you know where to look. Straying a little ways off the beaten path will net you snacks or nice lunches at a good discount from the main street, although you might want to invest in the help of a local tour guide to find the best places to eat.

Snap some pictures of the sights


Marrakech is a city with intense cultural history. With the old Riads, the stretching classical buildings and the beautiful mosques of Marrakech, your camera will certainly have its work cut out. The Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakech’s most famous symbol and while non-Muslims may not enter this place of worship, its exterior still creates a stunning vision when surrounded by the other buildings in the Medina.

Take a lesson in Moroccan cooking


If the snacks of Marrakech have tickled your taste buds, why not have a go at cooking them for yourself? A number of riads provide cooking courses for their residents, giving tourists a hand at the reigns at preparing and cooking their very own Moroccan dish. 

With so many delights in store for those wishing to go to Marrakech, it is no surprise that it is an extremely popular tourist destination. With sun, sands and a plethora of activities for adults and kids alike, open up your eyes to the delights of a Marrakech holiday today!