Have you ever been to Marrakech? We did and it was the best citytrip we’ve made. After seeing and hearing a lot, positive as well as negative, we wanted to see for our selves what’s the fuzz about Marrakech. What is that place called Jemaa al Fna? Or the souks, the old town, the new town, … ?
We’ve stayed in Dellarosa Suite and Spa, a 4* hotel in Marrakech. The hotel has the perfect location for a short stay in Marrakech. We were able to go to the old city center (where the souks are) as well as to the new center (Guéliz) without having to take a taxi or shuttle bus. Everything was nearby! Another plus is the more than friendly staff. They really had that mediterranean character where a good morning, good afternoon and good evening come from the heart.
The hotel has a rooftop bar which gives you a view on the city center. There’s also a refreshing pool (too bad it has little sunlight because of the buildings surrounding the hotel) and a big spa area (same prices as in western europe).
We started off by going to the Jemaa al Fna market square. This is what we came for. First impression : how big, how vivid, it only makes me curious to go explore some more! All day long there are plenty of things to see.
By day you have the juice stands (yummy freshly pressed juices!!), the people selling ‘real’ argan oil, women who do henna tattoos, musicians and of course all the special attractions like the snakes, the birds, the monkeys, and traditional clothed men who want you to take a picture with them.
Don’t be fooled, they all do it for the money, even when they say it is a gift or free for you. Keep this in mind and you won’t feel bothered by all of this. Make sure you have some coins in your pocket to give after taking a picture.
At night the place transforms into a big open air restaurant. Many food stands offer you delicious food for little money. You have to experience this and try some of the local dishes.
I really wanted to go visit the Jardins Majorelle. Yves Saint Laurent bought the villa in this beautiful botanical garden to prevent it from being transformed into a hotel complex and found lots of inspiration here.
The gardens are amazing and very colorful! The main color is blue, which is called the majorelle blue. There are many plants to see, you can sit there and enjoy the beauty and silence in this vivid city.
After this we went to the Palmeraie, a piece of desert just outside the city. We did a camel ride, but you can also walk trough it or go for a beach buggy tour. I found it a bit overpriced but we enjoyed it anyway.
For shopping we went to Guéliz, the new town. Here you find all kinds of shops and many known brands. Plenty of coffee and juice bars have a sunny terrace where we enjoyed a drink or two.
Another place to shop are the souks , it’s some kind of labyrinth full of small streets where you enjoy getting lost.
I loved walking in the medina every day and discovering new places every time. A visit to the local barber shop, a spa, herbs, anything can be found in the souks!
Another way to see the city is by horse carriage, which is also very romantic and if you’re lucky you get some extra information by your driver.
– As we passed by the royal palace the flags were out meaning king Mohammed was in the house.
We would love to go back soon! This is the perfect getaway to relax.
When going to Marrakech I would recommend a hotel or riadh close to the old city center and not to take an all inclusive formula. Jemaa al Fna has so many great food to offer for so little money it would be a pity to miss out on all of this!
Not so far from Marrakech you have the Ourika valley with the Atlas mountains, great for an adventurous walk.
And I was told the red beach is a great place to enjoy a sunny day. Sitting by the pool, chilling with friends, listening to lounge music, sipping cocktails is what the red beach is all about.
Please let me know what are your hotspots in Marrakech? Did you love it there?