Magical, mesmerising and totally captivating; Marrakech is like no where else on earth. The charms of the souks and the main square (Jemaa El-Fna) are obvious sites to draw your attention and must-visit destinations on any trip to the city. Busy and bewildering in equal quantities, you can eat, shop and take in spectacles like snake charmers, story tellers and dancers within seconds of walking through the central square. If it’s shopping in the souks – bartering and haggling are essential. It’s official, I am really bad at it. But managed to bag a few trinkets and treats to bring home.
Beyond the exotic central square and its charms, there are palaces, le palmerie and gardens which are all essentials stops on the tourist route. Whether you stay in a traditional riad or upgrade to one of the five star resorts with pool and spa on site, Marrakech ensures it will open your eyes and probably pop them.
What I did discover, is that it’s safe, the people are welcoming and it’s a perfect weekend break destination.
What to do:
DINE – at Al Fassia – run by a women’s coperative with excellent Moroccan food
EXPERIENCE – a traditional Moroccan hammam
WALK – through the Marjorelle Gardens designed by Yves Saint Laurent
HAGGLE – in the souks
EAT – a tagine – lamb, almond and apricot is my favourite
DRINK – a smoothie of almond milk, date and cinnamon
RIDE – a camel – head over to La Palmerie and ride through the date palms
STAY – at Selman Marrakech or Sirayane Boutique Hotel
BOOK – a personal guide for half a day. We enlisted Youssef who was excellent www.marrakechtourguide.com