From the moment you arrive in Marrakesh, you’ll get the distinct feeling you’ve left something behind – a toothbrush or socks, maybe? But no, what you’ll be missing in Marrakesh is predictability and all sense of direction. Never mind: you’re better off without them here. Marrakesh is too packed with mind-boggling distractions and labyrinthine alleyways to adhere to boring linear logic. If you did have a destination, you’d only be waylaid by snake charmers, careening donkey carts, trendy silver leather poufs and ancient Berber cures for everything from relationships to rent.
Start at action-packed Djemaa el-Fna, and if you can tear yourself away from the castanet-clanging water-sellers and turbaned potion-sellers, head into Marrakesh’s maze of covered market streets. Dive in headfirst at any street headed north off the Djemaa el-Fna, and with any luck you’ll emerge exhilarated and triumphant some hours later, carpet in tow.
Marrakesh’s medina is an ideal place to explore palaces, stay in a palatial riad guesthouse, and sample a dish of piping-hot snails. But it’s worth leaving the old city occasionally for dinner, drinks, art galleries and fixed-price boutiques in the ville nouvelle (new town). Go with the flow, and become an honorary Marrakshi bahja (joyous one).
Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Maison Tiskiwin, Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum
Navigate Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina and visit other city highlights with a local guide on this half-day walking tour. See pottery, sculptures and musical instruments from all over Morocco at Maison Tiskiwin...