Served by Menara International Airport, Marrakesh is easy to reach from many European cities. It is a complete different place just three hours away from London, so it was the perfect place to forget about the routine and the cold of the end of November.
Marrakesh comprises an old fortified busy Medina full of life. There you will see a mixture of vendors, snake charmers, stalls, story-tellers, beautiful architecture, fast cars and motorbikes, donkeys, monkeys…The experience is so hard to describe that the best thing you can do is to book a flight to Morocco and see it by yourself!
To hide away from the craziness of the city, Marrakesh also offers luxurious riads where you will be spoilt and where the distinctive decoration also makes you feel like you are in a different world! We stayed in the Hotel Riad Wow and it was an incredible experience. We were offered green tea as soon as we arrived in its beautiful roof garden and we were offered our own taxi driver during our stay. Plus, the room and the hotel were stunning.
If you go to Marrakesh it is worth taking into account that it is very easy to get lost in its long narrow streets. Most hotels offer official guides. After wandering around getting lost in the souks and being chased by locals leading us in the wrong directions, we really recommend them!
Some of the sights you cannot miss in Marrakesh are the following:
The Bahia Palace, designed to capture the essence of Moroccan and Islamic art.
The Koutobia Mosque, which inspired other mosques in Spain.
Saadian Tombs, where several Saadian rulers were burried. Unfortunately we couldn’t see them as we got lost on our way there and they close early (4.30 pm).
Marrakech museum. The building itself is worth visiting.
Ben Youssef Madrasa, a beautiful Islamic college.
The tanneries where you can see how leather is made.
Jemaa el-Fnaa. The city’s main square where you will find entertainers of all types: musicians, snake charmers, magicians, monkey trainers, sellers, tourists…The square is also a great place to eat and enjoy the view. At night the locals gather in the square to eat and drink so make sure you go there to enjoy the unique atmosphere that you won’t be able to experience anywhere else in the world.
And last but not least, the beautiful Majorelle Gardens or Jardin Majorelle. These botanic gardens were designed by the artist Jacques Majorelle. Later on, Yves Saint-Laurent also owned the gardens and when he died his ashes were scattered there.