Founded a millennia ago in 1062 and nestled at the foot of the Atlas mountains, Marrakesh will enthrall you with its beauty, friendly people and delicious food. With nearly 1 million people this growing city will keep you busy both on and off the beaten path.
Hare a re a few things not to miss while you’re there:
Get lost in the Medina
The Medina and it’s Souk is the heartbeat of Marrakesh. You’ll find a lot of local artisans selling anything from babouches (goat skin slippers), lampshades, tea sets and also knock-off handbags.
If you get asked to sit down for “Whisky Berber” don’t be shy – It’s a term the Marrakshi use in reference to…. Tea! You’ll sit down with the shop owner, sip some tea (sugar free or not, they’ll usually ask) and barter the price of the item that caught your eye. Remember: if you decide to sit down for tea you should probably buy something, other wise don’t waste their time, they do have a business to run you know!
Food stands on Jemaa El Fna
This food market comes alive every night, you will find some truly delicious food…. and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. Walk around and sit down at a stand that catches you eye – our top pics are:
Aicha Stand #1- That’s my girl! Just thinking about the little merguez sausages makes my mouth water.
Snail stands – They’s off to the side of the market – Start with a bowl before heading to Aicha’s.
Stay in a Ryad
While in Marakesh, avoid hotel chains and well known “brands”. Ryads are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the city.
Ryads are traditional Moroccan homes that feature a center courtyard. And most are located in the heart of the Medina – it will be your oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Try to pick a Ryad with a rooftop (most have one) as it will be the perfect place to start your day with a delicious Moroccan breakfast.
Walk around Majorelle gardens
These gardens spanning over nearly 1 hectare are adjacent to the Marrakesh museum of Berber culture. Stroll around the famous blue buildings and the exotic plants from around the world, it will offer a bit of tranquility in the incessant hustle and bustle of this busy city.