Visit Marrakesh Magical Medina

 Marrakesh Medina

“Marie, why are you going to Marrakesh? You will hate it! It isn’t your kind of place. ” So said some of my friends.  Well, they were wrong!  I loved it.  Visit Marrakesh and read where to go in Marrakesh in this blog! I had a great experience and I will be back to explore more of Morocco.

My trip was short so I will tell you about the places that I enjoyed and recommend.  The first surprise was the fabulous, new airport, a modern International airport with great shops.  I was disappointed with the Air Maroc business lounge but everything else was perfect.

The second surprise was the size of Marrakesh,it is BIG and it is impossible to walk everywhere.  This blog will concentrate on the day I spent at the Medina and give you some recommendations if you are planning a visit.

Wearing my new robe co-ordinated with Louis Vuitton bag!

Third surprise was the people!  Everyone is friendly and it is a very tolerant society with people from different cultures and religions getting along.  I had been warned to expect ‘hassle’ from Souk vendors but this was not the case.  Maybe because we were with a local guide but it was totally stress free.

Start at the main square of Jemaa El Fna.  I would definitely take a guide.  Our fabulous guide took us deep into the Medina and we would never have found the secret little alleyways and souks on our own.  I couldn’t resist  the spices, dates and herbs. I bought some traditional robes too.  I caused a great deal of merriment by wearing the robe I bought for Stephen.  It isn’t the done thing to wear a mans robe such as the one Im sporting above!

The Medina was a treasure trove of spices and herbs

The tiny alleyways are packed full of locals riding their motorbikes, weaving in and out of people walking, so many donkeys laden with goods.  The atmosphere is very special! The Medina of Marrakesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and rightly so!  Marrakesh was founded in 1070-1072 by The Almoravids and has outstanding monuments dating from that period including the Koutoubiya Mosque, The Kasbah, The Battlements, doors and gardens.  Later additions include Bandia Palace, the Saadian tombs and Place Jamaa El Fna, which is a huge square and gathering place for locals today.

Shopping in the Souk, foodie heaven

So, spend the morning exporing the Souk.  I bet you can’t resist buying some delicious dates or spices, they are so cheap, fresh and delicious.  My suitcase was definitely heavier on the way home.  Make sure you stop for a delicious glass of mint tea.  It is ubiquitous so will be easy to find!  The sugar content will make your head spin but it is so good.

 

The colourful souk

Make sure your guide takes you deep into the Medina away from the tourists.

Bikes and donkeys add to the hustle and bustle.

Hammam in the Medina

Time was short this trip but next visit to Marrakesh, I will make time for a Hammam!

Lunch:

Charming little restaurants hide down alleyways and behind beautiful doors!  We lunched at La Famille, Marrakesh and ate a delicious vegan lunch made with delicious fresh produce.  Recommended if you like healthy vegan food!

La Famille Marrakesh

The salad was one of the best I have ever eaten, served with vegan Pizzetta.

Lunch at La Familla, Marrakesh

Afternoon:

After lunch we drove to the magnificent  Marjorelle Gardens  the beautiful garden that belonged to Yves Saint Laurent.  See my separate blog all about the wonderful afternoon!

 

Useful information:

Restaurant: La Familla, 42 Riad Zitoun idid Marrakesh Medina near palais Bahia Tel: 00212524385295

Majorelle Garden http://www.jardinmjorelle.com

I stayed in Palmeraie, about 15 minutes from Marrakesh Tigmiza Hotel read my blog about the hotel.  Click on my Booking.com link on the right hand side for up-to-date hotel prices and booking.

http://www.hotel-tigmiza-marrakesh.com

Best Hotels in Marrakesh.  If you stay in the city, my top recommendation would be La Mamounia Hotel http://www.mamounia.com  An incredible hotel, read my Marrakesh hotels blog

Flights from London are very inexpensive.  Easy jet, Ryanair and British Airways all fly to Marrakesh

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12 Comments

  1. February 13, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    It sounds like you had a great time, I could almost smell the souk and its heady aroma as I read your article! Definitely a place I have to get to one day…

    • marie
      February 13, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I would recommend a trip to Marrakesh.

  2. February 13, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Everything looks so colorful and fresh. I think Marrakesh just made my travel list!

  3. Shane Prather
    February 13, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Wow it is magical- so vibrant and colorful! I would love to wander around and get lost in this beautiful town. Isn’t it great when people’s preconceived notions of a place are shattered upon visiting?

  4. Poonam
    February 13, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Love your blog xx my parents and I are yet to visit Marrakech xx I look forward to it more now I’ve read about your short but sweet experience xx

  5. February 13, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Looks like you had a fantastic time. What a fun, colorful city. Yves Saint Laurent’s garden sounds like a neat surprise!

  6. February 14, 2017 / 1:44 am

    It looks like there is SO much culture here! How fun. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, especially after everyone thought it “wasn’t your kind of place!”

  7. Riely
    February 15, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I have yet to visit Marrakech, but you made it look so lovely. A great cultural experience.

  8. February 19, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I agree with everything! Marrakech is a dream! I love the atmosphere and its charm…

    • marie
      February 19, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to going back i the Spring!

  9. March 1, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I have heard so many great things about Marrakesh and want to visit so badly. And love the cute charming restaurants!

    • marie
      March 2, 2017 / 7:59 am

      I can’t wait to go back and explore more of Morocco in April!

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