Marrakech is a beautiful city known for its vibrant culture, food market, and winding alleyways. Here are some travel tips to know before you go, and the 4 best things to do in Marrakech, Morocco:
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Where to stay
Stay as close to Jaama el Fna (the main outdoor market in Marrakech) as possible. It is a central location in the city, and it is an easy spot to recognize and find your way back to when getting lost in all the twisting and turning alleyways. I stayed in a hostel called Riad Dia, which I would highly recommend. The staff was amazing, the location was great, and they offer full Moroccan breakfast and mint tea for free!
Things to Do
1. Jaama el Fna
As mentioned earlier, is the main outdoor market in Marrakech. It is filled with any kind of food you can imagine: tangine, couscous, freshly squeezed juices, and even snails sold by weight. Not only are there food carts everywhere in the square, there are local artisan stands selling locally crafted goods. There are even live cobras just hanging out in the square with their masters playing songs on their flute; I was not expecting that! It's a great place to go and enjoy a day filled with local culture, food, and souvenirs.
2. Camel trek
Depending on how much time you have depends on how long the trek! I opted for the 1-day trek booked through our hostel, but you can do multiple days through the Sahara desert where you stay in tents in the middle of the desert and enjoy food cooked by Moroccan nomadic people who wander in the desert. Beware though, it is deathly hot during the day and freezing cold at night. I heard it was a life-changing experience you will never forget!
3. Bahia Palace
This is a gorgeous palace filled with ornate details such as mosaic tiling, woodwork, and large fountains in the courtyard. You could spend a couple hours here just walking through and admiring the details. Even bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in one of the many courtyards!
4. Le Jardin Majorelle
This is a botanical garden with beautiful blue buildings that accent against the bamboo forests. They have many different plants and sections to admire as you walk through! There is also the "famous" blue and yellow wall that many instagrammers have taken a liking to. It's a great way to spend half a day.
If you stay near Jaama el Fna, you will be able to walk everywhere I listed above. Their public transportation is very unreliable so getting to and from the airport, I would see if your hostel/hotel offers airport transfer services. We waited for the public bus to take us to the airport and it was 2 hours late. We were sprinting through the airport screaming for them to keep the gate open for us, and we barely made it! So avoid the headache and spend a couple more dollars to have reliable transportation.
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