Marrakech has made it into the number one spot on TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers Choice Awards, the first time the city has made the top ten.
Morocco’s most popular city with British travellers pipped nine other destinations in this year’s awards, ranked by actual TripAdvisor travellers’ reviews.
TripAdvisor called it “a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces and mosques” and in a different top 10 for North Africa, Marrakech took the top slot again, with Fez at No. 3 and newcomer Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, at No. 7.
Morocco is tipped to be a number one surf destination for 2015, too, with its spectacular kite surf beach in Essaouira and Taghazout already a surf favourite with European surfers, with more surf spots along the country’s Atlantic coast which stretches from Asilah in the north down to Dakhla, far south.
Marrakech has long been a popular choice with Swiss timeshare brand Hapimag’s members and Hapimag’s Marrakech Residences resort, just minutes from the airport in the swish palm-dotted quarter called La Palmeraie, is perfectly located for a Morocco break. Guests can chill by the pool or explore the city’s souks and spice markets, or venture further afield with organised excursions to see argan co-operatives, visit the High Atlas Mountains, among an array of other options on offer.
Second in the Top 10 TripAdvisor awards list was Siem Reap, Cambodia, home of the famous Angkor Wat, with Istanbul, Turkey, in third place.
Photographer’s favourite Prague made it into the number 5 slot, with Hanoi (Vietnam) at no. 4, while London (6) and Rome(7) pipped Paris, in at number nine.
The awards from the world’s largest travel review site judge destinations on a worldwide scale, in Europe and in the UK.
The full 2015 winners’ list is as follows:
TripAdvisor Travellers Choice World’s top ten travel destinations
1. Marrakech, Morocco
2. Siem Reap, Cambodia
3. Istanbul, Turkey
4. Hanoi, Vietnam
5. Prague, Czech Republic
6. London, United Kingdom
7. Rome, Italy
8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
9. Paris, France
10. Cape Town, South Africa
Steve Jackson, TripAdvisor’s top contributor of photos in 2014, said: “Marrakech is one of those cities that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
“It’s a fantastic city to explore, rich in history and culture, and between the sea of street activity, bright colours and striking sunsets, it is a truly intoxicating experience.”
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