Try Marrakech for a cultural stag weekend

Stag parties are supposed to be something special, a statement of freedom and fun to be remembered forever. So cast away those thoughts of a tacky club and instead try something adventurous: try Marrakech. The Moroccan capital is the perfect marriage of mystique and indulgence. It’s a proud centrepiece of North African culture, bubbling with tradition and quirks at every street corner.

A fascinating mixture of Arabic and African lifestyles has combined over the centuries to create somewhere unique and exhilarating. This is still an Islamic country, but the locals are relaxed and fun loving. Alcohol isn’t frowned upon, as is the case in some Arabic states, so you can still expect to party and have a great time. And even if you aren’t going there to take in the cultural sites, you won’t be able to help yourself; the spectacles in this exceptional city will leave stags spellbound in the sub-Mediterranean sun.

The most exciting aspect of Marrakech has to be its split personality. It’s divided into two districts, both utterly different but equally beautiful. In the Medina, or old city, you’ll find the romantic customs of the past, and a spectacularly spicy nightlife. A trip to Djemaa El-Fna Square is unforgettable, especially in the evenings as the belly-dancers and pulsating rhythms get the party started. You’ll understand why Marrakech has become a premiere destination as you marvel at Morocco’s most talented street performers.

But the second you long for a return to home comforts, you won’t be far away from the Gueliz, home to trendy venues and vibrant modern living. This part of the city is as sophisticated as it is distinctive, with bars and clubs ranging from the luxurious to the electrifying. Lavish hotels can be found in easy walking distance from the centre of town, along with more familiar western brands Marrakech is closer than you think (only a little way south of Spain) and totally different from any of the more standard stag destinations. This captivating and colourful city will transform any preconceptions you might have, and leave you with sensational memories. Unrivalled and always evolving, Marrakech won’t slow down for anyone. And it’s ready and waiting to be your perfect stag getaway.

Ian Lucas is CEO at Redseven Leisure.

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