From the palm trees to the earthen walls, Marrakech resembles a tropical desert oasis instead of a bustling European city. Not only is it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, but by taking a closer look at this fantastic cultural hub, you find that the maze of bazaars, restaurants, cafés and street performers offer so much more than your typical family getaway.
You’re as likely to run into group of donkeys parading the streets as you are other tourists here, so if you like to shop whilst revelling in the best street entertainment, then this spectacular city is certainly for you. As fortune tellers line ever corner, and snake charmers bathe in the desert sun, Marrakech is home to some of the most unique and diverse people in the world, and its undoubtedly a trip of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at some of the best things to do in Marrakech.
Keeping Your Feet Busy
If you’re looking to experience the true Marrakech, then you’re going to have to do it on foot! Because of the network of intricate alleyways and streets, walking is by far the easiest mode of transport to see the various market stalls, spice corners, fortune tellers and music players. Furthermore, even if you did want to drive around the city, you’ll be lucky to find a parking space.
Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and this is by far the best place to start your trip. Dating all the way back to the 11th century, Medina is a smaller version of the vibrant and busy Marrakech, however instead of loud market stalls and fruit sellers, you’re surrounded by mosques, prayers and sprawling souks.
To ensure that you experience everything there is to see here, it’s recommended that you hire a tour guide. Not only will they be able to barter down the market sellers’ prices, but they also know these streets like the back of their hand, meaning you’ll be able to absorb more culture on your holiday. Cheapflights have great deals on flights to Marrakech, so make sure you book early to get the best prices!
Experiencing The Culture
Marrakech offers some of the best culture in the world, however unless you know where to look, you could find your holiday somewhat of a disappointment. Medina, one of the most historical and medieval parts of Marrakech, is a hub for culture, making it one of the must see places for you to visit in the city.
Not only is it home to the largest Mosque in Marrakech, but built in the 12th century, there is also some amazing architecture to see as well. Tourists will be able to revel in the beauty of the old town while eating and drinking in a variety of traditional cafés that surround the square, and why not get a new dress made for the evening by one of the fabric stalls on the market? The steam baths are also an extremely popular activity for tourists visiting Marrakech, and you’ll be able to enjoy calm and relaxing live music while your skin is soaked in oils and aloe Vera.