5 Reasons you need to Visit Marrakech
Reasons you need to Visit Marrakech
Marrakech is one of the most luxurious and on-trend places to visit in North Africa. It’s a place that’s got it all, from celebrity chefs, to traditional experiences, luxurious boutique hotels and amazing hammams and spas.
It’s a sophisticated place that offers so much in the way of an experience and is a fantastically enjoyable place to take a trip to. So, what are the must visit things to do when you get there?
Jemaa el Fna
Once almost lost to modernity, Jemaa el Fna is certainly a must visit on a trip to Marrakech. The square is home to all of the amazing human feats and activities you associate with Morocco and if you wish to experience the snake charmers, acrobats, spice cake sellers and musicians this is the place to go.
It’s a bustling, frantic place, the likes of which you’ll experience nowhere else on the planet.
Alleys and alleys of craftsmen of all kinds and shapes exist in the souks of Marrakech and whether it’s ironwork, you’re interested in or a carpet you desire, these souks have it all.
The souks are a great place to pick up mementos from your trip and offer beautiful ceramics and amazing old carpets, as well as silk spun and used in a variety of items.
They’re colourful, loud and one of the essentials to visit in this lively city.
The Street Food
Street food is quite big in the western world at the moment and so many different little eateries have popped up and try to emulate the traditional sort of foods. However, for an authentic experience visit Jemaa el Fna square later in the evening and queue for some of the great foods on offer.
The dishes change by the day, but you can be sure you’ll get some form of glorious tagine, bean based dish and something semolina related. If you get the opportunity try the pastille – pigeon cooked in flaky pastry and filled also with nuts and cinnamon.
It’s one of the country’s most famous dishes and tasty to boot.
Of course, one of the amazing things about a visit to Morocco is a stay in a Riad. The country rises above the rest in the region and offers seductive accommodation in these fantastic traditional hotels.
Riads are traditional townhouses and surround a central courtyard, which is often filled with lush greenery. In recent times they’ve been given fantastic makeovers and are divine places to stay offering opulent experiences and fantastic service within the confines of beautiful architecture.
Stephane Abtan, owner of Dar Ayniwen says, “The change has been immense in the last few years and we’ve seen numerous beautiful Riads brought back to their original splendour, it’s fantastic to experience”.
The House of Photography
One of the best ways to get a view into Morocco’s past is to take a trip to the house of photography, Known as the Maison de la Photographie, the museum was created by Marrakech born Hamid Mergani and Parisian Patrick Menac’h. It was inaugurated in 2009. located in the heart of the Medina You can find it right next to the Museum of Marrakech near the famous Ben Youssef Mosque.
It holds a wonderful collection of photographs displayed on three floors. Opened in 2009 the museum showcases fantastic portraits of the nation from 1870 to 1950 and is part of a collection of 3,500 photos.
There’s also a fantastic café on a roof terrace on top of the museum with views over the Medina – it’s a great way to spend a few hours.
Marrakech is a fantastic city and one that really offers an experience as much as a break. It’s a bustling place filled with spices, colour and sensuality dominate.
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