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
- 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)