I recently took a 4 day trip over to Marrakech, with my siblings. To follow this up it seemed appropriate to tell you all what to expect before you visit. Also an ''Instagram guide'' to the city so you can photographs in the best spots! The best times to visit Marrakech are from March to May and between September and November. These shoulder seasons are known for their desirable weather and affordable hotel rates. I visited over Ramadan and we found everything running as usual, however we encountered some angry taxi drivers. Who were slightly on edge due to heat and hunger. One tip that was invaluable to our stay here was to agree with your cab driver the amount you’ll be paying before the journey begins. Secondly, do not take photos of the monkeys on chains or the snakes being charmed in the main square unless you’re willing to pay a hefty sum for the privilege. Lastly exchange your currency at the arriving airport, as the MAD is a closed currency.
Where to Stay?
Marrakech offers a variety of accommodation, from beautiful raids to unique boutique chic hotels like Fellah Hotel. This hotel stood out to me for it's unique position across fourteen acres of terracotta hued flat lands at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Its strengths lie in seclusion, yet the hotel is a convenient twenty minute drive from Marrakech airport and the old town market square of Medina. With ten villas (69 rooms) scattered around indigenous gardens under blue skies. Including large contemporary villas, Wat Po and traditional Hammam spas, yoga, creative workshops for kids and adults, an all day/night restaurant and bar, leaving the hotel is entirely optional. Since I was travelling with my siblings, I needed a child friendly environment and Fellah provided this so perfectly!
Places to visit?
Less glamorous than Bahia Palace (there is a 300 or so year age gap between them!), El Badi palace is the ruins of something so inexplicably grand, it took 25 years to build and was crafted from gold, onyx, and marble. It’s worth checking out, to imagine the prowess this place would have once had.
Majorelle Gardens is one of the most peaceful and serene places in all of Marrakech. The colourful botanical garden is located just outside of the Medina and was once owned by the designer Yves Saint Lauren who, upon hearing that the gardens were going to be removed to make way for a new hospital, purchased the gardens and lived in them. Entrance costs 70DHS.
Souks and Museums
No trip to Marrakesh would be complete without a stroll through the labyrinth-like souks. Take an empty suitcases, as it’s full of locals selling their goods – thinks from Genie’s lamp-style lanterns, to hand-woven rugs and little basket bags.
Other places to visit include :
Ben Youssef Mosque
Le Jardin Secret
La Mamounia Hotel
Oasiria water park
With a name literally meaning ‘Beautiful Palace’ the Bahia Palace definitely lives up to its name. Originally a collection of houses, wandering the quiet rooms and open spaces of the palace provides some great photo opportunities.
One of my favorite things about Marrakech is all the cute rooftop cafes. The city seems to have an endless supply of restaurants to choose from and a great selection of traditional and fusion restaurants serving up their take on tajines and couscous.
Gorgeous design, a fabulous atmosphere and modern Moroccan fare have made Nomad the “it spot” for travelers to Marrakech. On the rooftop, in-the-know guests can watch the sun go down over the Rahba Lakdima spice market below. (Bill for 4 of us amounted to £43, inc. drinks and food)
Here you can relax in any of their three panoramic outdoor terraces, in very comfortable seats surrounded by colourful pillows. The food is amazing and their juices and teas are beyond divine. Perfect for a relaxing lunch or for a tea break with breathtaking views. Very suitable for my vegetarians.
Just round the corner from Djemaa el-Fna is the happiest place in town! This might have something to do with the all-day Happy Hour that Le Salama offers to its customers. While there is also a very nice restaurant at the premises, its all about climbing all the way up to the top floor for great views of Marrakech and those lovely cocktails. There is a good selection on offer and for about 80 dirhams you will get two of your favourite tipples.
Tell me about your experience in Marrackecch? Have also visited during Ramadan?