Marrakech has the right amount of attractions, heritage sites and landmarks to keep a family, couple or group of friends easily entertained for a weekend or longer. It’s a city built on ancient traditions and houses a vibrant culture, with fascinating sights to be experienced and explored. Whether you choose to discover things to do in Marrakech for yourself or benefit from the wisdom of a tour guide, there’s plenty to be getting on with. Here are some top tips for making the most of a break away in Marrakech.
Get authentic accommodation.
Riads are a historic way of Moroccan living which truly brings Marrakech holidays to life – and there’s often one to suit every budget. These large, windowless palaces are found down quiet backstreets and alleys, opening their large wooden doors to hidden oasis’s of calm. Inside the grand stone buildings are leafy patios, fountains and terraces where you can relax from the bustle of the city, while being simultaneously right in the heart of it. Roof terraces and open ceilings allow for pools, around which you can enjoy a sophisticated evening dinner, or skyline views over the minarets and rooftops of Marrakech’s historic medina. These provide a great taste of Marrakech, whether you’re travelling with family or looking for a romantic break away.
Eat where the locals do
The Djemaa-el Fna is the social, historical and cultural hub of Marrakech and by night becomes a huge open-air restaurant, providing an eating experience like no other. Heading for the stalls which seem busy with locals and don’t pander too hard to attract tourist trade is a good idea as this is the food enjoyed by the locals and you can expect to get great value for money. Try traditional dishes like couscous, tagines, and hoummous. During the day, the freshly squeezed orange juice available from the carts in the square is truly delicious and a great way to refresh.
Enjoy the sights
While the streets of Marrakech are busy, hot and prove why it is known as Morocco’s Red City, its sights are a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle. Koutoubia Mosque and El Bahia Palace are both grand, beautifully decorated attractions in the heart of the city but, once you get inside, offer a peace and tranquillity like no other. Well worth a visit. Not to mention the nearby Altas Mountains, a walker paradise which offers a perspective of the country only attainable by being there yourself.
Barter your heart out
The Djemaa-el Fna market is a labyrinthine like market with countless food stalls and interesting artefacts to buy. They are a great place to soak up the real atmosphere of day-to-day Marrakech, as well as pick up a few souvenirs. Be prepared to make like a local and haggle with the vendors – a key part of Marrakech custom, they will be offended if you don’t try and barter for a lower price.