My trip to Marrakech in January 2017 recently popped up on my Facebook memories (because this is the only way I remember what happened and when anymore haha) and I was left feeling super sad. Had it really been a year since I visited this magical city? I remember arriving back home and thinking “I must blog about this immediately!”. A year later and I had written only a few sentences. Life got busy and other things took priority. Between getting married, buying a new home and just the responsibilities of day-to-day life, I kind of…forgot!
So here I am, a year later, writing about my adventure…
We hopped on a plane and spent the long weekend exploring colourful Marrakech. It was my hen do. Now, It’s not a destination most would associate with a hen do, what with it being a very conservative country where there aren’t any bars and the majority of restaurants do not serve alcohol, but I had won the accommodation (a 3 night stay in a beautiful boutique Riad) in a competition. I had never won anything before in my life, and couldn’t quite believe it. Picture an open courtyard with a rose petal filled fountain in the centre, huge ornate wooden doors, marble bathrooms and lanterns everywhere…it was paradise.
Being a photographer, I couldn’t wait to capture all of the sights Marrakech had to offer, and had my camera in my hands at all times!
We did so many exciting new things in Marrakech; camel rides, seeing how Argan Oil is made, a snowy drive up the Atlas mountains, a traditional Moroccan meal hosted by a Berber family in their home, discovering the city’s history at the Museum of Marrakech, exploring the Ben Youssef Medersa, walking through the serene Jardin Majorelle – it was definitely an action-packed adventure!
Marrakech captured my heart and has left me in a state of wanderlust. I can’t wait to go back and explore more of what this amazing city has to offer.
MY TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TO MARRAKECH
- If visiting in January…pack warm clothes! We didn’t realise how cold it would actually be, especially at night – most Riads do not have any heating. And if you’re planning on going to the Atlas Mountains at this time of the year – prepare for snow!
- When walking through Djeema Al Feena and the Souks, the locals will try and get you to come to their stall and buy things. We simply smiled, said “No, thank you” and just carried on walking. If you do go into a stall to browse, be prepared to be followed around and offered items at “special tourist price”.
- It is VERY easy to get lost in the Souks. I would recommend having a tour guide to help you to navigate through the small and winding market stall lined roads. We initially visited with a guide, but when we came back the next day we got lost and walked around for 2 hours trying to find the main square!
- Eat as the locals do! We had so many delicious meals during our stay – all traditional Moroccan cuisine. My favourite dish was the Kefta tagine, but we never had a bad meal during our holiday.
- Henna – There are ladies sat in the middle of Djeema Al Feena who WILL chase after you to give you a henna tattoo. Some will even go so far as to take you by the hand and start drawing a design on you (which happened to my friend). They will often tell you they like you and because they like you they will give you a good price, then once they’ve finished your chosen design they will tell you that it is 700 dirhams plus. ALWAYS agree a price first. They may go back on it after, trying to charge you more, but at this point you are more likely to be able to hand over the amount you first agreed to and walk away.
- Ask permission before you take photos. A lot of people won’t like you taking photos of them or their stalls without asking first. Some may let you take photos in return for a small fee – this is always the case for the men with the monkeys/snakes and the men in traditional outfits in the main square.