A guide to Marrakech

Marrakech is a beautiful and vibrant city, one full of colour and life. From the busy markets (Jemaa El Fna square) to the picturesque Jardin Majorelle, there is never a dull day in Marrakech. Below are some hints and tips on surviving Marrakech as well as things to do.

Hotel

For me it is always important to find a great place to sleep. A hotel is not just somewhere to lay your head at night but also a place to rest and unwind. This is why I love Riad Le Jardin D’Abdou. The staff are always friendly and happy to help, the location is walking distance from the market and it looks beautiful.

The Riad also has a lovely terrace that is perfect during the summer months, you can relax and unwind with a book, or you could have your dinner there.

Day Trips

One of the day trips that I took was to the Atlas Mountain and Desert Agafay tour. It was a long day but was worth it. I was picked up from my riad and driven to the mountains where I had the option to take a camel ride. Before reaching the mountains we stopped at an Argan oil cooperation where we learnt about the oil and how it is made. I was then driven through the mountains and given the history of the Berber people whilst drinking mint tea at various Berber households. Lunch was served at a local Berber house and on the return journey home, we were driven to the desert.

Another day trip that I would reccomend is to the Ouzoud Waterfalls tour. The day included monkeys, Berber history, and lots of hiking which I enjoyed. The driver and the tour guides were amazing.

Jardin Majorelle

This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The garden is colourful, from the design to the fruits trees to the footpaths, it is a must see. If you are thinking of visiting the garden, try to arrive in the morning as the queues can be long in the afternoon. There is also the Yves Saint Laurent Museum next to it, as well as the Berber Museum. I repeat, this is a must see.

Food

Welcome to the land of tagine. I ate tagine for at least one of my meals everyday, they have fish, vegetarian, chicken, beef and lamb tagine, and in each restaurant, it tastes slightly different.

The top two restaurants that I would reccomend are Corner Cafe and La Cantine des Gazelles. The food is cheap and it tastes very very good.

Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace is absoultely stunning, it is a place where everywhere you look there is a new design, pattern and colour scheme. I have been here twice and each time I am mesmerised by it’s beauty all over again.

Market

A guide to Marrakech is not complete without a section on the markets. My number one tip is be prepared to haggle, NEVER agree to the asking price, pay at most half of the asking price and and dont be afraid to stand your ground. Walk away if you have to, because chances are, there is a vendor two minutes away that will sell it for a cheaper price.

The markets are a great place to buy handmade earings, pure orangic Argan oil, spices, genuine leather bags and belts and so much more.


Thank you for reading.

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