Marrakech is the quintessential Middle-Eastern city of dreams. The new age hotspot that has the whole world flocking to it, this melting pot of culture and vibrance is a force of a city to be reckoned with. Good food (hello, tagine!), overflowing souks selling everything you could desire at throwaway prices, luxe riads to give you a pampered taste of local living, and hospitality at it’s best… it has everything! 72 hours is perfect to get immersed in the city, explore every hidden souk and sidewalk, and eat your weight in tagine and tabbouleh.
Jardin Marjorelle is a beautiful garden courtesy of YSL that is any desert plant lover’s paradise… blue hues and cacti, and lots of them!
Ben Youssef Madrasa today stands as a key historical site in the country, but was once the largest Islamic college in Marrakech, and a architectural landmark worth a visit.
Bahia Palace – a nineteenth century historic landmark, who’s architecture will leave you drooling… Instagram worthy at its best.
Koutoubia Mosque is one of those sights that stands out even as you are still a ways away along the streets of Marrakech. As one of the city’s largest mosques it is a beautiful spot to visit to really soak up the local culture.
Saadian Tombs is one for the history lovers. The Saadian dynasty ruled Marrakech during its golden age, and their tombs are laid right here, next to the Kasbah Palace. The cedar wood and stucco architecture is stunning, and the marble designs in the chambers will leave you staring.
Jemaa el-Fnaa – the city’s main square! You cannot miss this buzzing market center full of juice carts, the entrance to souks, and little local bazaars that set themselves up – come by in the evenings and you’ll find all the local food stalls selling their delicacies. For a beautiful sunset view over the square, visit Café de France for some evening sheesha and tea – get there early, its the city’s worst kept secret!
Marrakech Souks are unmissable and, let’s face it, one of the main reasons you’re visiting this city.
WHERE TO STAY
Riad Le Rihani was a favourite – read the review here!