Marrakech is only a couple of hours away, but once you are there it seems like a completely different world. Escape the cold autumn weather and explore what this beautiful, vibrant Moroccan city has to offer. Here we share some top places to visit and best kept secrets we think you can’t afford to miss when visiting Marrakech.
The ultimate Marrakech experience
There is nowhere in Morocco like the Jemaa el Fna. This large market square can’t be missed. It is located in Marrakech’s medina and is full of life, starting early in the morning until late at night. From fresh local food to souvenir stalls and street artists, visiting this market will give you the ultimate Marrakech experience.
Sit back, relax and enjoy
Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy market city and visit a traditional Moroccan hammam to enjoy some peace and quiet. You will find that there are so many different hammams to go to.
We thought we’d save you some time and have summed up the best ones for you to go to:
1. Heritage Spa
Heritage Spa is a true hidden gem. Located down a back street, this is one of the smaller hammams. It is a little tricky to find, but well worth it. The massages here are outstanding and the staff make an extra effort to ensure you will have a wonderful experience and leave feeling completely ‘zen’.
2. Hammam Dar El Bacha
Hammam Dar El Bacha appears to be one of the best ones around town and dates back to 1930. It’s the public hammam of choice for women, with men permitted entry in the morning, while women have access in the afternoon and early evening.
3. Les Bains de Marrakech
This one is perfect for couples. Les Bains de Marrakech has got different massage rooms and a joint hammam. There are several treatment rooms and bathing areas, which means there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a few of hours of peace and quiet together. They even make their own beauty products for use in the spa.
Al Nour – handmade items for a fair price
In the heart of Marrakech you can find a small and unique social enterprise just off the Medina. All items for sale are made by talented women with physical impairments. Expect to find the most beautiful and colourful textiles, different embroidered clothing and lots of other great quality products. This is the perfect place to buy lovely presents for someone special or as a treat for yourself, and your purchases will support these women with health and childcare.
Stay the night in a riad
Spend the night in Moroccan style and stay the night in one of Marrekech’s many riads. A riad is usually an individually owned small boutique hotel, which represents a traditional Moroccan house with a courtyard. Riads are often multiple stories tall, with windows opening into a courtyard. Usually you will find a pool or fountain in the middle, which is surrounded by citrus trees.
Feel like a royal for a day
Palais Bahia is a 19th century palace with lots of history, and you won’t be surprised the palace is called ‘Palace of the Beautiful’. The architecture is outstanding, combined with colourful decorated mosaic walls and floors. In fact, Palais Bahia is one of the best examples of Moroccan architecture and shows the essential elements of the Islamic and Moroccan style.
All signage at Palais Bahia is in Arabic and French, and if you want to learn more about the palace, make sure you book a guided tour at the entrance.
A walk in the park - The Jardin Majorelle
Located in the heart of the busy city, the Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech. This peaceful botanical garden was created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and is famous for its distinctive cobalt blue colour.
The botanical garden is now owned by fashion house Yves Saint Laurent and recently opened the Musee Yves Saint Laurent as a tribute to the late fashion designer. With complementary displays documenting his life in Morocco, the garden complex showcases some of the best of the Moroccan arts and crafts.
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