Travel Guide: Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco. A city that has seen the highest peak in tourism between 2016 and 2017 and it still hasn't stopped to amaze us.
If you have been, you know what I am talking about: the charm of the souks, the blues and the yellows of the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the magical music of the evening prayer on a rooftop in the middle of the city. There's no place like it and if you're hesitating visiting, don't: it is worth every struggle you might encounter.
Where to stay
Whether you are going to choose a classic Riad or AirBnB, it is essential you choose a place that is very central. Marrakech is not a particular dangerous city, but you can definitely feel lost in the maze of the Medina easily. The citizens of the Medina will most likely try to direct you to the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, or most likely to the next souk where you will be tricked into purchasing any sort of souvenir. Stick to a central hotel or riad, memorise your route to the centre and back and don't trust anyone but your map.
what to see
The medina: the heart of Marrakech and the busiest area, where you will get lost in the souks, visit the thousands kiosks of Jemaa el-Fnaa and walk up to the Koutoubia mosque.
The Jardin Majorelle (read a detailed guide here) is a must do for any plant or art lover, as it combines the two in one unique beautiful garden.
La Maison de Photographie hosts some of the best Moroccan photography since 1930's, a treasure for the troubled history of the city.
The Ben Youssef Mosque is located in the centre of the city and it is the oldest mosque of the city. The building is distinguished by a carved motif that runs through the walls and the ceiling, creating a beautiful pattern.
where to eat
Marrakech is known for serving amazing food. If you're lucky enough you will get breakfast included in your riad and you will be served fresh juice, sweet pancakes and fruit everyday. The food in restaurants is always plenty affordable and you can easily get away with a small budget per day.
If you'd like to treat yourself to a nice rooftop dinner here are some tips...
Cafe des Epices
All of the above places serve lovely food - typically moroccan, apart from Cafe Clock which serves western cuisine, such as burgers - which you should enjoy on their rooftop, whilst waiting for the sun to set.
where to shop
This might sound cliché but there is no where better than browsing the souks. You will find shops renown to tourists who want the store experience, such as La Famille and Nomad. However, you can bet the best is to be found in the souks: from carpets, to shoes, to silver jewellery and pots for your tea, you will be able to fill your case with all the colours of beautiful Marrakech.