Fast, full of history and spiced with exotic allure, Marrakesh is an ideal destination for the more intrepid traveller.
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Why Marrakesh? Early sun. You can get a good blast of summer sun in April. It is also a great cultural experience. I first travelled to Marrakesh 10 years ago and it’s still a place I love. Going to the Djemaa el Fna, a large market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city) in the evening is still a great experience with as many local Arabs enjoying the evening as tourists.
Stay: Last time I went we stayed in a Riad in the centre of the Medina. It’s fantastic to be in the heart of the city. Arriving is a real adventure where you have to be escorted to your Riad through the streets with a porter taking your bags on a wheel barrow. The downside of a Riad is the lack of a pool (although that’s compensated by having a roof terrace) and being woken each morning by the call to prayer.
Eat: As mentioned above you must eat at the Djemaa el Fna. The sheep’s head is supposed to be delicious, but I wasn’t quite brave enough. If you want something a little more private, I would recommend the Yacout, a restaurant in the heart of the Medina. Enjoy a relaxing drink on the roof terrace before your meal.
Don’t Miss: Take a trip out of Marrakesh over the High Atlas Mountains to the gateway of the Sahara.
Do Miss: The “Chez Ali Fantasia Show” , or if you do go, be prepared for a cheesy Disney experience.
Top Tip: Take good shoes – walking round the Medina is great fun. And remember to haggle hard if you are buying presents.