Together with Matthias, I spent 5 days in the beautiful city of Marrakech, Morocco. The people were not the most friendly and you feel deceived all the time – since they charge way too much for tourists – but the colorful streets, dreamy riads and excellent food made the trip worth it! I’ll share some of the highlights of our trip with you and places you definitely need to visit! It’s a longer travel post than usual, but I have a lot to write about ;).
Our first activity in Marrakech was, of course, camel riding. We immediately did it the first day, as it was the most ‘cold’ one during our vacation. You can book a tour easily in your hotel or even online. We chose for a tour in the palm groves, which looks like the Wild West. However, it’s also possible to book a ‘desert’ tour. Included in the trip? Fresh Moroccan tea and cookies!
Searching for a nice stay in Marrakech? Plenty of choice! Our first hotel was a bit outside Marrakech (15 minutes), but was super beautiful. It was called Tigmiza Suites & Pavillions. They offer a transfer twice a day to the center, but you can spend the whole day at the pool too of course. Our second stay was in a ‘riad’ the Médina of Marrakech: Riad Dar Justo. A ‘riad’ is an old Moroccan family house, with a patio in the center. All rooms look into this patio, which nowadays is often completed with a swimming pool. Most of these riads/hotel even have a splendid rooftop. There are several riads where you can stay in Marrakech, and all are beautiful.
Some other great hotels are Es Saadi Marrakech and La Mamounia. Both of them are more expensive and larger, compared to the smaller boutique riads. Es Saadi is known for its famous Spa – Head over to this blogpost for all the pictures. Next to this, they offer some great villas – like the Blue Villa – , each with a special theme. La Mamounia is near Es Saadi, and one oft the most luxurious of all hotels. They even have a small Dior and Saint Laurent store inside.
The Moroccan kitchen is one of my favorites! Tagines, pastillas, Moroccan tea,… I tried all of these during our 5 days stay. The best places to go to are Le Jardin, Nomad, Le Salama and Café Des Epices. All of these are situated in the centre, so you’ll need to pass the souks. Use Google Maps – as we did – so you don’t get lost. The people in the souks will be happy to help you either way, but they’ll expect a tip afterwards. Don’t try to give nothing, cause they’ll get very aggressive.
If you’ll visit Marrakech in the near future, don’t forget to visit these spots. They’ll make your trip even better! Don’t forget to take a look at the photos below!
Viewpoint over Marrakesh
Tigmiza Suites & Pavillions
Riad Dar Justo
All photos are taken with a Canon Mark 4 5D by Dennis Van Peel & Matthias Geerts