Over on my instagram I had a lot of requests to share my Marrakech experience. The last two years for me has been a whirlwind of trips and in the process I have discovered that researching for a vacation is like taking on a full time job! The amount of time that you have to invest into preparing an itinerary, where you can get the most out of your holiday, can be quite overwhelming and sometimes simply impossible. Myself and my best friend just returned from three days in Marrakech and loved every minute of our trip. I thought I would share restaurants, activities and accommodation we both would recommend.
From my experience Marrakech is the perfect “long weekend” trip where you can get the most of the city in just a short period of time. Whether you are looking for either a luxurious getaway or budget travel this city has it all!
Agafay Desert : We booked into this day trip with Trip Advisor and couldn’t have loved it more. There is an option to do a half day trip but I really enjoyed being out of the hustle and bustle for the day. Our guide Abdullah made the experience really! He was cheeky, relaxed, and encouraged a sense of fun where myself, my friend and the couple in our group felt completely at ease. I would request him if you could! It was €74 each which included a breakfast, lunch in a traditional berber home amidst the mountains, and the most amazing 4×4 drive through the desert and some of the oldest villages in Morocco.
Le Jardin Majorelle : The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. At only €7 a head it was a nice way to spend an hour but I wasn’t overwhelmed by the experience. If you decide to go be sure to get there early to avoid queues.
A spa day : Hammam de la Rose is a slightly more luxurious place to experience your Hammam or massage but still is very affordable.
La Maison Arabe : This cooking school provides cooking classes. I am not much of a cook so we didn’t do this but it came highly recommended as a brilliant activity where they bring you 30 mins outside the city, where the class is set in beautiful gardens.
Zarib Soufiane Boutique : Shoppers heaven if you are into interiors.
Where To Eat
Honestly if you are a massive foodie like me you might need to prepare yourself for a trip where you might be slightly underwhelmed by the food. That’s not to say the food was bad but by no means did it excite me, even though i LOVE Morrocan cuisine. The quality of the food just isn’t excellent and I was actually surprised by how expensive it was. Be warned most of the places I tried are popular and to avoid disappointment I would book in advance :
El Fenn : Do not eat here! This is Richard Branson’s hotel and ven though it is impressive aesthetically the dining experience was not good and extortionately pricey. I would maybe advise a cocktail on the roof terrace.
La Famille : The most beautiful lunch spot with an exclusively veggie menu. Small menu that will knock your socks off. Super friendly staff and just an overall wonderful dining experience.
Dar Essalam : A fun dinner with entertainment but you need to try get into the main room which is is where the atmosphere is. They serve alcohol!
Nomad : Not the friendliest staff, but tasty food with lovely views of the souk. Lovely for a sunset but they don’t serve alcohol.
Le Jardin : Beautiful courtyard for lunch or dinner but worth seeing during the day to experience the amazing colours.
Atay Cafe : The perfect roof top for lunch. No need to book as it’s quite big!
Places To Stay
- Riad Up
- Riad 42
- La Maison
- Le Riad Yasmine
- La Mamounia
- El fenn
- Riad BE
- Ksar Kasbah
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