Marrakech – 6 Things You Must Do When Visiting Marrakech
It’s always lovely being able to put away your cozy winter jacket – that you need during these cold days – in exchange of a summery shirt and a pair of flip flops. And Marrakesh is giving you just the right opportunity to do so.
Even in December, the city located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, manages to crack temperatures up 21°C.
Here are six highlights you should make sure to check out when visiting Marrakesh:
- Djema el Fna – Explore the place of gleemen.
Djema el Fna is the city’s main market place – it’s also called „assembly of the death“. Locals simply refer to it as „La Place“. The square is packed with food booths, fortune tellers and snake charmers giving you the impression of immersing into a fairytale of 1,001 nights right away. For the best view over the whole market, make sure to visit one of the cafes with a rooftop terrace – I can heartily recommend you to check out Café de France.
- The Souks
The Souks are easy to reach from Djema el Fna. Unfortunately there’s no map to give you an overview about the warren of alleys. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be very helpful anyway, since streets signs are sorely missed and most alleys don’t have a street sign to begin with. Therefore it’s best to just go with the flow. It’s definitely worth going there for a little shopping trip. The market traders expect bargaining and you can buy anything from spices over lamps to great oils.
- Spend the night at a Riad
We decided to spend the whole week at a beautiful Riad. Very central, but quiet and beautiful nevertheless.
- Eat a Tajine meal
Tajine is a traditional Moroccan meal. It’s typically served in a clay pot and I liked all the different variations I had. The most popular meal might be the one with chicken, lemon and olives.
- Jardin Majorelle
Marrakesh is the city of gardens. The first ones were created over 1,000 years ago. Originally there have been 75 city gardens, of which only 20 are still left. I was especially amazed by Jardin Majorelle, which had been owned by late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The garden was created with plants from five different continents.
There are many possibilities and offers for day-trips, which is definitely worth considering when visiting longer than just for a few couple of days. We decided to make a trip to Casablanca. The ride took about 2.5h. Also worth seeing are the Atlas Mountains or for more adventurous people: spend the night in a Bedouin tent enjoying the desert’s starlit sky.