A city of hustle, bustle and a history of great dynasties, Marrakech is a jewel in the crown of the Kingdom of Morocco. To make the most of this trip you need to mingle with this hustle and bustle, get lost in the streets full of spices, carpets, bikes and donkey-driven carts and taste the sweet teas and couscous while mesmerised by the sunset. If that isn’t enough to entice you, here’s 6 reasons why you should make a visit to marvellous Marrakech.
1. It’s closer than you think
You can get yourself from the UK to Africa in a surprisingly short amount of time. It takes less than 4 hours to reach Marrakech from London, even making this an ideal weekend getaway.
What on earth are riads you might ask? A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with rooms overlooking a courtyard where a fabulous and extensive Moroccan breakfast awaits you each morning of your stay. There’s hundreds across the city and should be top of your list when it comes to finding accommodation.
Think of it as a market but on steroids. There’s no stopping yourself from getting lost in the souks with their endless bombardment of sellers, so embrace it, learn how to turn down an offer firmly and take a break or two with a tea in one of the cafes facing this chaos.
4. Ben Youssef Madrasa
Formerly an Islamic college, the Ben Youssef Madrasa is one of the few religious buildings in the country that is open to the non-Muslim public. It’s a beautiful example of Arabic architecture, with its marble floors, colourful mosaics and splendid symmetry surrounding you as soon as you cross its path.
Moroccan cuisine is of course one of the highlights of a visit to the Red City. Hundreds of restaurants and street vendors will fill your senses with spices, while the national dish, couscous, is a culinary delight in Marrakech.
6. Rooftop cafes
Another renowned trait of Morocco is their mint tea, which is best enjoyed with a view of the city in all its splendour.
If you’ve never been to Africa before, then Morocco is the perfect place to start to check it off the bucket list. But be warned, after a visit to Marrakech you’ll feel the need to satisfy your new found taste for Africa soon enough.