“There are certain places on the surface of the earth that possess more magic than others, and one of those places is Marrakech”
My first trip to Marrakech was a surprise for my mums 50th Birthday back in 2014, and has become an annual ritual to return ever since. For me, Marrakech is a city that has it all: weather; culture; food; shopping and beautiful hotels. It’s a city of two halves, one being the hustle and bustle of the city centre (The Medina), and the other being outside the city walls.
Anyone who tells you they walked through the medina and didn’t get lost is lying, either that or they never really step foot inside the souks. Maps, GPS, Sat Nav – nothing can prepare you for the hustle and bustle of the souks of Marrakech and the main square (Jemaa el Fna). From snake charmers to leather makers, the souks have it all. However, my top tip would be go prepared, do a little bit of research and decide what you are looking for before entering. With the abundance of stalls (many of which sell the same items), it’s easy to become very overwhelmed. Making a plan of what you are looking for and being willing to barter (you can generally go as low as 10% of their original price offering).
Beyond the City Walls
Whilst I strongly advocate at least one venture into the medina during your trip, sometimes that can be enough, and exploring beyond the city walls can be much more appealing. A trip out to Palmeraie, and the hotels on the outside of the city are well worth it. Nothing compares to a weekend brunch at Palais Namaskar, a beautiful resort approximately 20 minutes from the medina, set in stunning grounds and a buffet brunch fit for a king. Whilst it may seem expensive (about £60 per head), this includes access to the hotel and pool for the whole day, and the opportunity to tuck into the brunch as and when suits throughout the day.
1. Jardin Majorelle – Yves Saint Laurent Gardens
2. Bahia Palace
3. Jemaa El-Fna
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