WHY HOLIDAY IN MARRAKESH?
Marrakesh was probably my favourite place to visit in Morocco – it was just buzzing with amazing markets (souks) and the Jemaa el Fnaa Square is just a hive of activity and quite an assault on your senses.
Watch your step as the snake charmers do their thing, listen to the story tellers, get a henna tattoo or enjoy the local Berber musicians. The colours are amazing in Morocco – sand buildings with bright blue doors, mosaics everywhere and the juxtaposition of the green palms and date trees against the arid landscape make for a photographers dream!
MY HOT TIPS
I would recommend doing a guided tour around Morocco for at least 10-14 days. I spent two weeks here and went from top to bottom and enjoyed time in the amazing city of Fez where we observed (& smelt) the leather tanneries and meandered through the markets alongside all the locals just doing their daily shop. But make sure you take a guide as this place is huge and you could get lost in a heartbeat!
MY MARRAKESH HIGHLIGHTS
We went out into the Sahara desert and enjoyed a night out under the stars with the local Bedouins. This was a fantastic experience, apart from the goats getting loose in our tent! This is a must-do experience. We enjoyed the coastal vibe in Essaouira, finishing off our trip in Casablanca which while it has its charms is a much bigger, busier city.
Explore the labyrinth of back-alleys and be sure to taste the mouthwatering shawarma and msemmen flatbreads street food. Don’t miss dinner at Al Fassia Guéliz, a family run restaurant completely by women & a real local favourite.
A cooking class is a great way to take a little bit of Marrakesh home with you – you’ll shop for ingredients in the local markets, then learn from a local expert how to cook and serve them.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MOROCCO
March-May and September–November is still warm in most parts but cools down at night and the day time is not scorching hot.