Marrakech in Morocco is a very popular destination and one you should really consider visiting in 2017. If you are planning a trip to Marrakech, you will find there are so many things to do and see. Here we have suggested four of the top things Marrakech has to offer.
Visit a Hammam
The Moroccan Hammam is a place where locals go to socialise, relax and meet one another, but also to get scrubbed into oblivion! Unlike western spa treatments, the goal here is to open up the pores in various steam rooms of varying heat. You then scrub yourself and others as hard as you can with an exfoliating glove and a gooey soap called savon noir (made from natural olive oil) that gets rid of all the dead skin and dirt. Covering yourself in argon oil afterwards is common and leaves the skin incredibly soft.
Explore the souks
You will find all sorts in the souks of Marrakech, from incredible antique doors, to handmade Berber blankets, spices (and the best mint tea you’ll ever experience!)
The best way to explore the convoluted maze of streets and alleyways is to dive in and allow yourself to get slightly lost if necessarily. There are a few signs dotted around which will point you back to the Dejeema el Fna, and locals will be happy to help you out if you ask – though if they offer to walk with you, they may ask for money. This isn’t a problem as you can politely decline, but often they do a good job of showing you something you’d ordinarily miss, so it doesn’t hurt to give them a little something. Remember when buying things, bartering is part of the Moroccan culture. It can be a lot of fun and a really good way to talk to local people and learn more about their way of life.
Stay in a traditional riad in the Medina
There are many upmarket resorts and hotels in Marrakech, but none will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time and woken up in a palace of some magical and distant land quite like a traditional riad.
The intricate carvings and decorations feel like they should form an ancient temple, and the thick solid walls and giant nondescript wooden doors give you a feeling of protection and comfort hidden away from the chaos of the streets. The riad courtyards are so cool and quiet, that you’ll feel you have entered the tranquillity of a secret garden, and the roof terraces provide a beautiful space to stay up and chat until the early hours. There are also many villas for sale Marrakech has to offer, so you could even buy your own holiday home to come to every year.
Admire 1,000 years of history and architecture
The whole medina is bursting with history and stories of a rich past so be sure to travel back in time. From the famous Koutoubia Mosque completed in the 12th Century at Djemaa el Fna to the Ben Youssef Medrassa Islamic College, the architecture in Marrakech is stunning. You should go to El Badi Palace, Menara Gardens, and the Marrakech Museum as they may end up being highlights of your trip.
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