Things to do in Marrakech
Last year I spent a couple of days in Marrakech and it really was the perfect mini break. From perfect weather, scenery to food, Marrakech really does have it all. It’s also the perfect place for a last minute trip, only 3.5 hours flight from London. You can find the best last minute deals to Marrakech on Voyage Privé.
Here’s some ideas on what to do whilst you’re there…
RELAX OR HAVE A MINI PHOTOSHOOT AT A LUXURY RIAD
If the top Instagrammable places in Marrakech is what you're after, there are so many places and so much beautiful architecture and colourful scenery it's definitely so picture worthy. I decided against it on this visit, but staying at or spending the day at a riad is surely a way to get some really cute and beautiful pictures so traditional and typical to Marrakech, the riads are decorated in keeping with Moroccan culture and usually have rooftop restaurants/bars or small pools inside.
I researched a few of the top luxury riads that are my favourite to consider when I return to Marrakech, they are:
EXPLORE THE SOUKS
I really wanted to visit the souks of Marrakech but it decided to pour down with rain the day we planned to go, not so lovely for outdoor exploring. Perfect for shopping lovers, you can find it all in the souks from antique doors, blankets, spices, medicines, incredible mint tea to hand-made ornaments which make perfect souvenirs. Make sure you get your haggling skills on to bag some good deals.
TAKE A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE AT SUNRISE
One of the things on my Marrakech to-do list which in such a short space of time there I didn't get around to. GetYourGuide offers sunrise hot air balloon ride packages which look just amazing! This excursion includes hotel transfers, early morning balloon ride to catch the sunset and then tea and a traditional breakfast. It is quite pricey, but for a special occasion well worth it, something to tick off the bucket list.
SIP A MINT TEA WHILST LOOKING DOWN ON PLAZA JEMAA EL-FNAA
I've heard different opinions about Plaza Jemaa el-Fnaa, some people really hate how busy and dirty it is and some people see the beauty in it, it's such a busy place filled with monkeys, medicine men and snake charmers it can be a bit overwhelming just being in the Square. An alternative way to enjoy it is sipping a cup of fresh mint tea with a slice of cake at a rooftop bar or restaurant. Cafe Arabe is a really cute and cosy place to relax, grab a bite and enjoy the sunset.
RIDE A CAMEL OR QUAD BIKE THROUGH THE DESERT
A really fun activity to break up the sightseeing of your holiday, I think once you've done the camel and quad biking in the desert somewhere you've kind of done it everywhere. I did this when I was in Egypt a couple of years ago so didn't plan to do any activities in Marrakech this time around. You can also book a trip to the Atlas Mountains and stay in a traditional Berber tent sleeping under the stars. GetYourGuide offer camel ride trips starting from only £16pp, SO cheap and it even includes transfers from your hotel and riad, check it out here.
VISIT THE FAMOUS JARDIN MAJORELLE
I absolutely loved Jardin Majorelle, it feels like a world away from the chaotic city - the garden created by Jacques Majorelle and then bought by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent is a homage to them and such a tranquil place to be in Marrakech. I went quite late, about 40 minutes before closing so there was no queue and it was a little more quiet than I think it usually is. The deep blues, tropical plants and picturesque ponds are the perfect place to spend a few hours strolling around. The cost of entry is 70dh (around £5).
FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ARCHITECTURE AT BEN YOUSSEF MADRASA
Set in the heart of the souks, Ben Youssef Madrasa, is an amazing representation of Moroccan design and architecture, the former school is one of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco, a former school, is filled with colourful tiles and intricate details and is a great place to get lost and explore for a couple for hours.