Marrakech is a major economic, religious and cultural hub in Morocco. It’s colours, bustling streets and colourful stalls draw the attention of thousands of tourists in the world. I think it must be the most photographed place on the planet. It’s an amazing, vibrant city, where you will find history, culture and great food that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
It’s a paradise for shoppers, too. In the Medina, the old part, you can browse through the stalls selling clothes, pottery, cosmetics and fragrant spices. Some of the items on display are made here and you can watch the tradesmen producing the most beautiful things.
My trip to Marrakech lasted around a week. During that time I had a chance to see the biggest attractions, discover a few places out of the beaten path and also make trips outside of the city. I loved it there and I can recommend it to all my readers, who are on a lookout for more exciting places.
Travel in Marrakech
On my blog, you will find a variety of posts on travel to Marrakech. I hope they will allow you to have an even more enjoyable time in the Red City.
Marrakech – Know before you go
Marrakesh is one of those cities that you either love, or hate. It is verycolourful, vibrant, lively, but it is also chaotic, dirty and can be at times annoying. If you’re going to the Red City for the first time, then it’s worth reading up on it. If you’re prepared, you know what to avoid, how to move around and what to wear, your first moments in the city will be much better.
Itinerary for your 4 days in Marrakech
Marrakech is every traveler’s dream. If you give it a chance, it will mesmerise you with its scents, sounds, food, and colours. You will be amazed by it, I guarantee you. Just take it easy and allow yourself to get used to the hawkers, the traffic and the noise. Once you settle in, you will love Marrakech. Here’s what you need to know before you visit and your plan for a couple of days.
Best places to eat in Marrakech
Did I know that Moroccan cuisine is so good? No! I’m ashamed to admit that I really had no idea how good it was. Before traveling to Marrakech I had avoided Moroccan restaurants. I don’t know why. I was always more keen on Indian, Thai, or Chinese. When I finally had a chance to try my first dish in Marrakech I was in awe. Wow! That was amazing! Every day, during my stay in the Red City, I ate something new and I didn’t have enough of it. During that time I went to some nice places to dine.
Accommodation in Marrakech
I booked my trip to Marrakech a few months in advance. At that time I used a great promotion on flights that were offered by Rynair and some discounts that Booking.com had at the time. Thanks to that I saved a lot of money and stayed in a really lovely place. I’m writing more about it below. I also searched for more riads, hostels, and hotels for every budget, so you could have the best time in Marrakech, too.
Safety in Marrakech
Marrakech is one of the most visited cities in the world, but the latest deaths of two young female travellers led to some negative media coverage. Many who once wanted to go to Marrakech, now question if it’s really safe and choose different destinations. So, is it really dangerous for foreigners to travel to the Red City? What should you remember about to stay safe?
Trips outside of Marrakech
Even if you’re spending only a couple of days in Marrakech, you can take one day and go outside the city. It’s really worth it, especially if you like nature and want to relax.
Morocco is a very popular destination and Marrakesh is one of those places, which is still beautiful and atmospheric, but mass tourism has changed it so much that you cannot really tell whether what you see is authentic, or has been adjusted to the needs of those that come to visit. You will love the city and you will be amazed by its narrow and small streets, but from time to time you will wonder if this is how the locals truly live. The trip to the Atlas Mountains may give you a better idea of the reality in Morocco and will allow you to relax in stunning scenery, but only if you choose a tour that will take you to off the beaten path destinations. When you’re in Marrakesh it’s nearly impossible to find a tour operator that does that. Luckily, I have a great solution!
I made a one day trip to Essaouira from Marrakech in December. It was a very warm, sunny day, but cool enough for a long walk along the beach and visiting the narrow alleyways of this charming port town. I found Essaouira exceptionally picturesque and a very nice break from dusty and noisy Marrakech. I spent a whole day there and while walking around I could easily imagine myself staying for a few days to chill out.