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).
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Marrakesh Encounter guide
Within minutes of arrival in Marrakesh’s Medina (Old City) you’ll learn a new word: ‘Balek!’ Roughly, ‘Move it or lose it, donkey coming through!’ Donkey carts may not inspire the same adrenaline-rushing alertness as careening Vespas loaded ...
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Five times a day, one voice rises above the Djemaa din in the adhan ( call to prayer): that’s the muezzin calling the faithful from atop the Koutoubia Mosque minaret. Excavations confirm a longstanding Marrakshi legend: the original mosque built by Almoravid architects wasn’t properly aligned with Mecca, so the pious Almohads levelled it to build a realigned one.
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Escape the heat and hustle-bustle of Marrakech on this day trip to the stunningly beautiful Ouzoud Falls. Surrounded by an emerald cape of thousands of olive trees, these majestic falls plunge 360 feet (110 meters) to the ground below. Admire the falls from various viewpoints and hire a local guide to take you closer if you like.
Marrakesh with children
Labyrinthine Marrakesh is a great place for kids: there's plenty to see and do, and plenty of room for little imaginations to run wild...
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. Visit the grand Bahia Palace and hear fascinating stories of sultans and slaves from your guide.
Anyone who says you can’t take it with you hasn’t seen the Saadian Tombs, near the Kasbah Mosque.
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna Including Traditional Dinner
Indulge in exotic Moroccan foods and feast your senses on the spectacle of Marrakech’s chaotic main square, Djemaa El Fna, during this unforgettable walking tour. With the help of your local guide, learn about Morocco's vibrant spices, witness the art of haggling at a local meat market, and sample local delicacies including cow’s hoof, sheep’s head and ghoulal , a snail soup.