Walking the souqs of Marrakesh is like walking through the set of a movie. The thickness of the air, the smells, the sights and sounds are like nowhere else on earth.
I have to say Marrakesh really did exceed my expectations. It was a sensory overload at all times, but felt calm and safe at the same time.
There is so much to explore, from the incredible Arabic architecture, to the endless mountains of brightly coloured spices, the tanneries, gardens, mosques, beautiful doorways and so so so much more.
The Atlas mountains are breathtaking and the ideal place for a camel ride into the desert to experience something truly Moroccan. We rode camels into the desert for around an hour or so and eventually met a family who made us Moroccan tea and pancakes and it was a really magical experience.
It was a great way to experience the culture and the scenery whilst reconnecting with friends and meeting new people. The journey back also took around an hour and I had a really lovely chat with my friend while we relaxed on our camels and watched the sunset. It was an experience I will never forget for sure.
The YSL gardens are probably one of the most beautiful gardens you will visit. As well as the gardens there is the main house and a cafe so you can relax and refresh from the intense heat and amazing sunshine.
The gardens are tranquil and calm with amazing botanical plants and architecture. The gardens are the perfect place to go for a breath of fresh air and a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, a perfect little paradise.
Jemaa el-Fnaa is the heart of Marrakesh and unmissable if you visit. The central square is a complete overload on all the senses. The sights and sounds are like nowhere else you have been.
You can find stalls with food, drinks (and not so lovely leathers and snake charmers), along with cafes and restaurants. This is the most perfect place for people watching if you love to sit and relax watching the sunset and taking in the sights around you. Anything quintessentially Moroccan can be found here so it really is a must.
This restaurant is one the few places where you can eat and enjoy alcohol in Marrakesh. I travelled in a group of 6 and we ate three courses and had drinks all evening and I think the total bill was around £20 each.
It is incredibly cheap and was absolutely one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. I highly recommend eating here especially if it’s for a special occasion as you really are so well looked after.
I was quite worried about what the food was going to be like in Marrakesh as I do have to be careful, but to be honest I really didn’t need to worry at all. There were plenty of places nearby which accommodated a more American diet such as burgers and chips, salads and snacks. The best food was obviously the typical Moroccan cuisine was consisted mostly of tangines. I have never had such amazing food and everyone in Marrakesh are unbelievably accommodating and made any changes to a recipe to ensure that I was fed.
The Morroccan culture also consumes a lot of green and mint tea which is right up my ally, so I was never far from a fresh pot of sugary green and mint tea! The riad that we were staying in was hosted by a lovely Moroccan man who has probably never made so many pots of tea for guests, but our favourite thing to do early evening was play cards, read our books, play quizzes and chat about our day while sipping away at the most delicious tea you will ever have.
As well as food I was slightly worried about safety. Most of the time I travel with one other person, however being in a group definitely made me feel safer, but to be honest, most days we split into groups of 2 or 3 and then met up at certain points of the day and did specific trips and excursions together, but even if I was with one other girlfriend, I would have felt completely at ease. The people of Marrakesh are truly great hosts and go out of their way to ensure you are happy and safe. You obviously do have to have your whits about you and there are scams and certain things you need to keep in mind, but that’s the case wherever you go.
If you get the chance to go to Marrakesh you absolutely should! It’s a great location for a long weekend with a group of friends or even as a romantic getaway with a twist!
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