I am writing this post in the plane, returning home from Marrakech. I don’t want to forget anything, so I write now that everything is still fresh!
One hour after arriving, we had our first activity: riding camels in the desert. So a car pick up us in the hotel, took us there and met our camels. According to the guide mine was called Beyonce. We walked around the Palmeral about an hour. Being February, the weather was beautiful, i imagine maybe in August is not as pleasant. When we finished we drank the traditional Moroccan tea.
On our second day, we took the tour around La Medina and Souk. We walked around from 9 am to 2 pm.
We visited: Jemaa El Fna square; Moulay El yazid Mosque; Saadian Tombs; Palais de la Bahia; Mosque of Ibn Yusuf; Souk des teinturiers.
Our third day we went to Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens, my favorite place in Marrakech. It is a beautiful garden designed by an architect called Marjorelle. Years later Yves Saint Laurent and Courges saved it and refactor it to make it the beauty it is now.
After we walked around the Souk again, we went to Places des épices and Palais El Badiî.
If you want to buy things be ready to fight for the price, if you are good at it, you would get really good prices for carpets, spices or Argan oil. But if you don’t, you have to be ready to say “no” or “la” (no in Arabic), A LOT! We found out that if you don’t look much, walk confident and sure, they won’t bother you. And maybe cover you hair if you are not brunette will help.
Also be careful where you walk, if you get lost and they noticed they will kindly help you, and then they will ask for money. The same will happened if you take a picture of them or their animals or touch a monkey.
As for the food, being vegetarians is not easy in Marrakech, we eat couscous with vegetables and italian food. If you eat meat, i think you have plenty.
We stayed in Savoy Le Grand, beautiful hotel, great service and is really well located. We did all our tours with Civitatis.
My recommendation: start with tours to know your way around. Don’t use public transport, actually taxi is very cheap but be ready to fight the price, please pay attention and don’t look like a tourist too much. The traffic is crazy, don’t even think to rent a car.
It was my first Africa destination, the culture is really interesting and the way they live is really different to what i am used to.
If you have an extra day you can go to Casablanca, just a 2hs drive. And if you are going more days you have to go to Fez, the first imperial city ever created.
Thanks for reading 🙂