Marrakech is one of the most colourful and vibrant places that you can visit in North Africa, it is the ideal destination for backpackers on a budget and for those looking for a holiday with a touch of luxury. With it being only a short flight away there really is no excuse for us all not to visit at least once, trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed! After booking your flights you need to start looking for a Marrakech riad, road is the local term for a hotel. You will have no trouble finding the perfect riad for you and those that you are travelling with. If you are with a bunch of friends backpacking then you can find some great budget hostels and if you going on a special trip with your partner you will have so many choices to live it up in luxury!
So, flights and accommodation are taken care of, it’s time to start planning how you are going to get the most out of your holiday. Here are a couple of things that you simply must do when you’re in town.
Stroll through the souks
If you want to pick up some great gifts or items for your place back home then it’s time to get those walking shoes on and explore the souks! You will find a wide variety of souks in Marrakech selling anything from carpets worth thousands of dollars to small packs of tea. I think the best way to truly explore the souks is just to ‘go for it’, forget about looking at the map and just go in blind. I loved getting lost in the maze of alleyways, don’t worry because it’s easy to get back to where you need to go. Don’t forget to barter when you are buying something from one of the shops, don’t shy away from this because it is engrained in the local culture. After a while you will figure out just how big the mark up is on the opening price you are given, aim for a least fifty percent of the first quote you are given.
Djemaa el Fna
It is a great idea to check out Djemaa el Fna at both day and night. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and can also boast at being the largest square in Africa! If you can make it twice, day and night, then you will see how much the place transforms. During the day it has quite a relaxed feel to it because it is so hot, but at night the place really comes alive! There are market stalls, story tellers and of course you can see the famous snake charmers. The snake charmers are really a thing to behold, I am scarred of snakes but I was mesmerised watching these guys at work it really is an art!