I’ll try to put Marrakech in to words, but to be honest the pictures will say much more. Its culture, energy and colour are something to be seen. The smells are an experience too. Some nice and some not so nice - I think it’s important to be honest on here! Marrakech is like stepping back in time. With its ancient walled Medina (city), working donkeys plodding through the souks (streets) and the mystical sound of the call-to-prayer five times a day. You'll definitely be left feeling like there is no other place quite like it.
The main square in the Medina is one of the busiest squares in Africa – full of music, food and entertainment. At night it really does come to life, often reminding me of something out of a Star Wars movie. Maybe that’s just me! It’s very hectic, so if you find it’s a little too much, sit in one of the bars overlooking the Medina with a cocktail. In the day spend time walking round the souks, soaking up the culture and enjoying the markets which are great for food, fresh juices, mint tea and lots of shopping!
I would highly recommend you stay in a riad when in Marrakech. They are so beautifully hidden in the souks, away from all the chaos of the city. You'll step inside a traditional haven, with beautiful tiered terraces overlooking pools and gardens. They range from budget to luxury, so there’s something for everyone. We stayed in Riad Yamina and I would definitely recommend it.
This was a work trip. The positive is, I get to see places you would often miss as a tourist, or just simply not have time for. We always have a producer with us when we’re working and they have great local knowledge. So with that in mind, here are The Grown Up Edit's tips, to help you on your way!
This is a muslim country so when you're wondering around, cover up your arms and legs to the knee.
Choose chilled accommodation, it can get a little hectic in the Medina.
Carry a map when you are wondering round the souks – it’s a maze!
Go to Café Arab and La Salama Bar for cocktails.
Go to Hotel El Fenn for a beautiful lunch, or even stay there if you're lucky enough.
If you want to stay in a luxury hotel out of the Medina, I would highly recommend these two: Hotel Palais Aziza and Hotel Palais Namaskar.
It's a tourist trap in the Medina, so haggle and be strong as they can come across aggressive.
Finally, they have a way with animals that doesn't suit everyone. I am one of those people. So unfortunately it is not a place I'd rush back too. But I'd definitely advise that you should see it once in your life.