Marrakech was an awesome holiday! We went on a city break with Thomas Cook over a long weekend and it was fantastic! With hindsight, it would have been good to go for a little longer and visit a few other parts of Morocco (Casablanca and Fez would have been on our list), but hindsight is a wonderful thing, and as it was, we only had time for Marrakech.
We decided to stay in a riad rather than a hotel during our time in Morocco. Riads are traditional Moroccan accommodation, and generally consist of rooms which are built around a centralised indoor garden/pool area. Riad Yasmine was fantastic. Our room was spacious with some pretty awesome ornate doors, and there was a plunge pool (which was far too cold to consider using), and the traditional Moroccan mint tea barely stopped flowing. Being served this tea was one of my favourite things about Marrakech. The tea itself is delicious… mint and sugar, can’t go wrong… but the pouring technique is a sight to behold! The tea is brewed in a silver teapot and served in little glasses, poured from a giddy height in an elaborate display.
Now, Marrakech by day and Marrakech by night are two different experiences. If you’re visiting the city, be sure to go out after dark to see the Jemaa el Fna (the central square), as it completely comes alive with street entertainers, food stalls, music, henna artists, storytellers, fortune tellers, snake charmers and so much more.
By day, we spent hours wandering through the souks, getting lost, haggling over tea sets and pottery, marvelling at the colours, sights and sounds. We also took a trip to the newer side of the city, with its modern shops and restaurants (and a kind man who fixed my flip flop). The souks, however, were by far the best part for me. I was in shopping heaven!
Here are a few of my favourite photos from our travels to Marrakech…
A shot of the inside of our Riad; a relaxing communal space which surrounded the plunge pool. We sat out here in the afternoons drinking tea…
A shot from the souks, this was on the outskirts of the souks. We bought a bowl from here, similar to those hanging up on the picture.
This picture, well I just like it! I love how the bike is propped in the doorway.
This was taken in the central square at night. These guys were some of the street entertainers working their magic.