TRAVEL INSPIRATION: MARRAKESH
There’s something magical and so exotic about Morrocco. The lyrical early-morning call to prayer, the colourful fabrics, the smell of spices in the souks, intricate mosaics and the winding narrow streets. When I discovered these images from fine art photographer Anouschka Rokebrand’s weekend break in Marrakesh I was taken straight back to my time in the UAE, and couldn’t wait to share them. I’m pretty sure Marrakesh will be on my travel list in 2016 or 2017… what about you?
Travel Time: about 4 hours flight
Time of year: November
We travelled to Marrakesh, Morocco for a short break this November. This destination had been on my wish list for years and after hearing from multiple friends this Summer how amazing their trips were, we decided to go for it!!
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at a gorgeous, gorgeous Riad called Riad Idra. A small boutique hotels with just 7 rooms and the most amazing service you will ever experience. I picked it based on the amazing reviews on TripAdvisor (if you don’t know this site, you need to check it out ASAP, it’s like my travel bible whenever I need to book a hotel anywhere!).
The Riad is incredible. It’s a haven of tranquillity right in the middle of the old part of Marrakesh. You are right at the heart of all the hustle and bustle and almost everything is within walking distance. The rooms are amazing, the staff are even more amazing. Their personal attention to their guests and their attention to details is unlike any other hotel I’ve ever experienced. You wake up to the chirping of the birds, breakfast (which is amazing!!) is served on the rooftop terrace, they have their own hammam (great experience, try it!) and fresh mint tea is waiting for you whenever you feel like it.
WHAT TO DO
Don’t plan too much ahead, instead let this city mesmerize you. Marrakesh is busy, crowded and overwhelming but it’s SO magical and enchanting. You are bound to fall in love with it. I did!
The most common sights to visit are all lovely like the Badi Palace for instance or the Jardin Majorelle.
Go wander around the Souks. Don’t be intimidated by the shopkeepers trying to lure you in but just wander around. We did it all without hiring a guide and we managed perfectly with the help of Google Maps.
WHAT TO EAT
You need to try the Tajines, seriously, they are SO good! We loved Café Arabe and also Terrace des Espines. Both located in the Souks. Also go to the new part of Marrakech (where Jardin Majorelle is also located) and enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop of the Renaissance Hotel called the Skybar. Great views!
HOW TO GET AROUND
Do NOT hire a car. Honestly, driving in Marrakech is crazy. Instead walk as much as you can or get a taxi (negotiate the price with the driver before you get in because they don’t have their meters running!). Our hotel also had a car with driver available for hire and this was great for the transport to and from the airport.
WHAT TO PACK
For women: make sure you pack clothing to dress modestly. It is not appreciated at all if you show too much skin and when in Rome….
So make sure your knees and shoulders are covered and you don’t show too much cleavage.
Also, if you want to go shopping, make sure you have enough luggage space to take it all back with you. Shopping is amazing here so you are bound to purchase a thing or two (or three, or four ;) )
THE NEED TO KNOW
Don’t get scared on the first day because the city will overwhelm you. There is so much happening around you and it’s a lot too handle in the first few hours. Go with the flow and you will adjust and you will fall in love with this city. For sure!
WOULD YOU GO AGAIN?
Absolutely, if only for the shopping!