Shopping in the souks
The medina in Marrakech is a maze of narrow alleys filled with endless shops. In a labyrinth of souks selling spices, shoes, leather goods, pottery, lanterns, and an array of other souvenirs, be prepared to get lost. Thinking our phones would solve our navigation issues, we were not concerned. However, cell service is terrible in the markets and we were lost on our first night trying to find the restaurant where we had made reservations.
Tour Bahia Palace
Meaning brilliance in Arabic, Bahia Palace lives up to its name! The Palace is centered around a large open courtyard surrounded by elaborate painted doorways and beautiful tile mosaics.
The main square in the medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa, is packed with action: snake charmers, henna artist, belly dancing, juice stations, and pet monkeys. Enjoy the craziness, but be aware of pick pocketers and scammers. I let my guard down momentarily and ended up with an unwanted henna tattoo on my hand for which I was expected to pay. Any attraction that you stop to watch or take a picture of, you will be expected to pay.
Located a block from Jemaa el- Fnaa, the mosque is a landmark of Marrakech. Made of red stone, the minaret can be seen towering the palm trees and buildings throughout the medina.
Explore Ait Ben Haddou
The fortified Berber village is located around 3 hours outside Marrakech along the former caravan route to the Sahara desert. The village is an excellent example of Moroccan clay architecture and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Recently, the city has gained fame for being the filming back drop for Gladiator and Game of Thrones.
An epic opportunity while traveling in Morocco. We opted for a camel ride to watch the sunset during our glamping expedition in the desert. However, if you are not traveling all the way to the desert during your stay, there are places right outside the medina offering rides.
Glamping in the desert
Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp set the bar high for a magical night in the desert. Read our hotel review for more details on our eperience in the desert.
High tea at the Royal Mansour
One of the most luxurious places to stay in Marrakech, the Royal Mansour may not be in the price range of most travelers. High tea is a great way to experience the luxury of the Royal Mansour without the room price tag. Enjoy the famous Moroccan mint tea along with delicious pastries and sweets served daily from 3:30 to 6pm.
Dinner at La Mamounia
Another regal resort in Marrakech, the La Mamounia is an excellent option for dinner. Arrive early to wonder the lovely grounds and gardens, browse the shops, and enjoy the jazz music in the lounge. After dinner, stop by the famous Churchill Bar for a nightcap.
Take in the views of the Atlas Mountains
We drove through the mountains on the way to the desert camp. There was a road block due to construction (workers were actively setting expulsions on the side of the mountain to widen the road, and rock slides were blocking the road!) Due to the road work delay, we did not have much time to spend at the lookout for pictures. Just a brief stop before moving on to Ait Ben Haddou.
Unforunately, we were both sick the afternoon we planned to visit the garden and did not make it. The pictures of the garden look goregous, and paint a picture of a tranquil spot in the middle of the bustling city of Marrakech.