A beginner’s quick guide to Marrakech

After spending 4 days exploring this charming city, here are a few things to get started with before you visit.


  • Jardin Majorelle for some peace and tranquillity away from the bustling medina
  • Ben Youssef and admire the spectacular interior
  • Koutoubia mosque, the centrepiece of the city
  • Djemaa El Fna, the main square bustling day and night complete with snake-charmers
  • Maison de la Photographie for some inspiring exhibitions


  • Wander around the medina (old city)
  • If you do the above, you will also get lost and also learn to embrace this
  • Haggle, for anything and everything


  • In a riad. These accommodation options in Marrakech are historic, charming and atmospheric
  • Air B&B offer lots of them


  • The tasting menu (complete with cocktails) at Gastro MK
  • The tagine at Nomad


  • You can easily spend your dirhams here, at the multiple souks north of the central square. Each souk has its own speciality.


  • The fresh orange juice from DJemaa El Fna
  • Mint tea at any of the rooftop cafes
  • Cocktails (and belly dancing) at Comptoir


  • Take precautions for the desert like heat
  • Don’t look lost (even though you will be) and ignore the phrase “You need a guide”
  • Do not take photos of the snake charmers or the monkeys in the square
  • Respect the Muslim culture, don’t be that scantily clad dressed tourist

On the surface, Marrakech may seem like a crowded, hectic and extremely hot maze, which will make you want to get the first ticket out but then you find a tranquil rooftop café to appreciate its amazing charm.

June, 2015 (Marrakech)

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