Hello my lovelies, I recently traveled to Marrakech for my birthday and I’m super excited to share with you my experience and tips!
First of all, Morocco has been on my bucket-list for ages, I’ve always been inspired by this destination as far as its history, architecture, the diversity of its landscapes and of course the mystery of the Red City.
After a 3 hour flight from Paris, I landed in Marrakech at night and was more than ready to explore the city… but first : the riad!
In the heart of the busy Medina (old town of Marrakech) was located a little gem : the Riad Anyssates. Formerly a 17th century bourgeois house, this intimate place was very charming and I really enjoy its quietness and serenity presenting a striking contrast with the medina’s hustle and bustle. The riad is part of the Smith Hotel Group and featured a hammam, pool and rooftop.
After a good night of rest : time to explore the old town and learn a bit more about the culture and history of this country. First stop the Medersa Ben Youssef, founded in the Marinid era in the 14th century and rebuilt by Canadians in the 16th century, which has expanded to become the largest madrassa in Morocco. The Medersa/Madrasa was an Islamic College with 130 student dormitory cells cluster around a courtyard richly carved in cedar and marble. The carvings contain no representation of humans or animals as required by Islam, and consist entirely of inscriptions and geometric patterns such as star and petal designs.
After a quick visit of the Ben Youssef Medersa, I headed to the Museum of Marrakech, nextto the Medersa. The Musée de Marrakech exhibits a collection of Moroccan art forms within the decadent salons of the Mnebhi Palace.
Another must-see in Marrakech is the traditional berber pharmacy which is basically a spice shop with lots of plants, traditional Berber spices and medicines for cooking, cosmetics, and health purposes.
After wandering it the old city it was time to check out the Jema El Fna popular square with the snake charmers, shops and food trucks. Later we admired the sunset from the Koutoubia Mosque which is the largest of the Red City.
Marrakech is full of surprises, I really enjoyed getting lost in the Medina’s numerous souks and small alleys.
I would recommend visiting the city with a map or GPS since it’s hard to ask for directions without locals asking for money! The only negative aspect of this trip was the constant sollicitation for money from locals which got really annoying at some point, but I guess it’s part of the experience so be ready to negotiate everything!
Overall I had an amazing time and I think Marrakech is the perfect city break destination if you need to recharge, explore and enjoy the sun. I felt safe and welcomed everywhere, if you are a lady, make sure not to dress with too revealing outfits if you don’t want to be stared at too much by men. I would also recommend visiting during spring so you can enjoy the trip with the perfect weather since summer gets really hot.