Explore the Colors of Morocco through Marrakesh
My long-cherished dream has always been a trip to Morocco; I wanted to enjoy its colors, flavors, and get lost within its beautiful desert’s dunes. My trip lived up to my expectations! Once you land, Morocco welcomes you with a breath of fresh air, shining sun, and warm weather!
On your first day, experience the Jemaa el Fna square, the pulsating heart of Marrakesh. There’s nothing you can’t find here: fruit kiosks, snake charmers, street dancers, people moving on scooters, bicycles, and donkeys. It is an authentic Moroccan experience. Here in the square, you can get a traditional henna tattoo on your hand – how long they last depends on the color, from two days for red henna and up to a month for black henna.
After exploring the square, try the Moroccan hammam spa experience. The hammam ritual involves several steps, including a steam bath, exfoliation, and unique soaps. You can decide to finish the treatment with a massage, followed by a cup of delicious Moroccan tea. Check out these hammams and choose a treatment that best suits you: Hammam de la Rose, Les Bains D’Orient, and Heritage Spa.
To finish the day, try the delicious restaurant in the heart of the medina, Nomad; be sure to reserve a table on the rooftop, since the view is breathtaking and the atmosphere is magical. Enjoy the last hours of the day before going to bed and recharging your battery for the next one.
On the second day, get up early to experience the first hours in the morning when it’s not too hot and crowded. Visit Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs; they are very close to each other and a marvelous example of Moroccan architecture that will leave you speechless. Take a break at the vegan piece of heaven in the middle of the chaotic little streets of the medina called La Familie, with lovely staff and fresh food (be aware that this restaurant only serves lunch and closes at 4 PM).
Continue the tour by visiting Dar Si Said, the Moroccan art museum with its beautiful gazebo, the Jardin Majorelle, an impressive complex of botanic gardens commissioned in 1931, and the Koutoubia Mosque. Now that you are back in the Medina, get lost (but not too much!) in the Souk.
For dinner, book a table at the enchanted restaurant Comptoir Darna; enjoy a mesmerizing ambiance while belly dancers and live music perform during dinner. Try the hummus, the couscous with seasonable vegetables, and to conclude your meal, the ginger sorbet. If you stay late, they also play music on the first floor.
On the third day, book a one-day excursion that includes a visit to the Berber villages, the Atlas Mountains with its waterfalls, and a sunset camel or quad ride in the desert. The full description of the day trip can be found online, but I will leave you some tips that were useful to my experience.
- Wear comfy shoes since you will spend most of the day walking around desert roads and Berber villages.
- Bring sun protection, as you will have to face the desert sunlight, and even in winter, this can be harmful to your skin.
- Ask your guide as many questions as you can: they love to share their culture, and they usually come from these small villages; therefore, they are a wealth of information.
To conclude your Moroccan experience, book a table at Le Salama restaurant, close to Jamaa el Fna square. I strongly recommend asking for a table on the rooftop for one last breathtaking view of Marrakesh. Try the traditional tagine plate (it can be meat, fish, or vegetables), and finish your night with the mixed fruit shisha, also known as hookah, while belly dancers float around the tables.
Marrakesh is a city full of history, things to see, and outdoor activities. If you have the time, I suggest spending a few extra days to keep exploring the beautiful gems this incredible city has to offer and booking food and cultural tours with locals to discover every aspect of their rich culture. As for now, I leave you with a foretaste of a country that enchanted me, and I hope it will help to make the most of your time in Morocco!