-It’s cheap. Marrakech is one of
-It’s just a hop skip and a jump from Europe.
-It’s a great balance between the old and the new. Stroll through the stone streets and open bazaars of the old city, or hit up one of the latest, hippest clubs!
-The Souks and Markets is a perfect place to see all of Moroccos’ finest products, from pottery to jewelry, fabrics and carpets.
-Djemaa el Fna is one of the coolest city squares in the world. In the day, it’s a bustling street bazaar and at night, it transforms into performance space, with snake charmers, dancers, and musicians.
-Visit the Hamman bathhouses! These historical parlors are a cross between a sauna and a Roman bath, and are a key element of Moroccan traditional culture.
-The Saadian Tombs are the most popular destination in all of Morocco. The recently rediscovered and restored tombs are awe-inspiring, splendid, and a key cultural site for the Western World.
-The food. An incredibly mix of sweet and savory, with spices and exotic flavors galore. Plus, with so many great street vendors, you’ll spend far less than you would in Paris or Rome.
SEE ALSO: check out Travel Man’s trip to Marrakech! Richard Ayoade and actor Stephen Mangan have a hilarious weekend jaunt to Morocco’s cultural capital and see all the sights!
If you haven’t been to Morocco before, you probably aren’t familiar with the Riad. It’s our traditional guesthouse. They’re open-air, multi-story buildings where you can relax in luxury without breaking the bank.
Rather than renting a single bed in a traditional room, you and your party rent the whole Riad. They’re usually open air, so you can sleep under the stars, or under palm fronds. You can expect a pool, lots of verandas, and a building organized around a central courtyard. Daybeds and canopies abound, so get ready to get comfy!
Riads are much cheaper than hotels, and they simply feel more luxurious. Every room feels like a porch or a veranda.
You’ll also get a real sense of traditional Moroccan architecture–the look, the feel, the whole aesthetic. Best of all, many Riads are also historical houses! Imagine being able to stay in an English Manor House on the cheap!
Things to do:
-Get an air balloon: did you know you can rent an actual air balloon for the day? Well, you can! It’s a bit pricy, but there’s no better way to see the natural beauty of the Marrakesh surroundings. You can see the whole city too! Time your trip for sunrise or sunset to get the best vistas.
-Sleep in the desert: If you want the ultimate adventure, you can rent a jeep for the weekend, and hit the edge of the Sahara. It’s a 20-minute drive out of town, and there are set camping sites and stop off places. Just bring your tent, and plenty of blankets, since it can get cold when the sun goes down. You also might want some toiletry supplies. We’d suggest some bottled water, a camping toilet, and a little camp stove for making food. Find your supplies at Home Worthy List, and be sure to check out their site before you go! Since we're on the topic of toilets, check out the world's best (100) toilets here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36053001/a-guide-to-the-worlds-best-toilets.
-Go to a club: Marrakesh probably isn’t up there with Ibiza in your list of party destinations, but it certainly should be. There are dozens of hip clubs in the heart of the city, where all North Africa’s best DJ’s set up for the night and get the whole city bumping. Take a bit of time off your cultural explorations and get down–downtown!
-Walk the Medina: The Medina is Marrakesh’s oldest historical district, and one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. It’s a whole network of narrow alleyways, streets, and stairways that form the heart of the old city. It’s all stucco and brickwork, with incredibly unique shapes and colors. You can spend a whole day wandering around, seeing the houses, shops, and rooftop porches. The best part is, most of it’s free!
By the Riad Hospitality Collective of Marrakech.
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Marrakech is one of the oldest, most historic cities in the world. If you haven’t already been, you should start making plans!