Three days in Marrakech, a city best described as mad, but magic. A place of complete chaos, yet home to some of the calmest places I’ve known. It was so easy to fall in love here, the mint tea, the hammam, the magic carpets. We would spend most of our days wandering the glowing pink streets of the maze-like medina, chasing cats with my camera and stocking up on beautifully detailed Moroccan creations. After we would retreat back to the peaceful oasis of Riad Berbere, where we enjoyed some of our best moments. It was a place we could just be, whilst sipping mind tea on the rooftop, surrounded by such beauty (see full story here). Calm was also found when visiting some of the popular attractions like the Jardin Majorelle and Ben Youssef Madrasa, which I found to be such delights to wander.
Marrakech really is the place to inspire that inner artist, a creative paradise, with a new surprise around every corner… and although most of them are nothing short of spectacular, some are enough to turn you back in your tracks. It actually took us three attempts to brave the craziness of that souk, with out getting lost, confused or bothered, but once we did (with the help of our friend Abdul) we learned to love the madness for all that it truly is.
Tips – A few things that we learnt after 3 days and reeky did help us on our tracks 🙂
- If possible avoid going in Ramadan, the streets get pretty crazy in the afternoon. If you are already going during Ramadan, the best time to visit the souk is the morning, retreating back to your accommodation from 3pm until sunset.
- Dress – not only do I feel much better when dressing respectively and keeping my shoulders and knees are covered, I also found that, by day 3 when I was fully dressed in Moroccan clothing – slippers, loose rompers and a pashmina, walking down the street came with much less hassle. The trick, look like you have been there a while and you know your stuff!
- Tour Guides are a great idea. Usually I’m all for wandering aimlessly and getting lost, but here, no way! You will be bombarded with locals offering you help, telling you to go all sorts of directions. The souk can be kind of intimidating but with the help of the lovely Abdul (a tour guide that found us by the main square) it was a treat. He took us to see all that we desired and to shops that had the sweetest salesmen (tricks of the trade). Also, it costs next to nothing and really builds your confidence to go back alone.
- La Famille – Another calming spot. Serving such delightful, fresh and healthy vegetarian dishes. It’s only open for a few hours during lunch so always check the times.
- Earth Cafe – So Marrakesh really does vegetarian well, other than veggie tagine you can find a selection of plant filled goodness here.
- Your Riad – We ended up eating at the Riad 2/3 nights as it was just SO GOOD. It was a 3 course surprise (usually including veggie tagine – yum) on the rooftop serviced by the loveliest house staff.
- Riad Berbere – Everything about this lace was just delightful. The first time whilst travelling we spent more time here then out. Please see here for full story at this beautiful riad.