Post # 1
My husband and I are going to Marrakech next summer. We have 3 nights in a riad near Djemma el Fna, 3 nights in Gueliz, and then 8 at an all inclusive in Palmeraie.
Just wondering if anyone has been and what the must sees/dos are, both in Marrakech but also in terms of day trips? While in the Medina and Gueliz we plan to stay local and visit museums/galleries/the souks etc, and then on the all inclusive leg we’re planning a camel ride (possibly) and a day trip to the Atlas mountains.
Any general tips would also be appreciated!
Post # 2
I was in Morocco this past June, only in Marrakech for 3 days but some suggestions:
- if you are there on a Friday night, find cafe/reataurant overlooking Koutoubia Mosque and listen to/watch the call to prayer. We were there during Ramadan so it may have been a longer service but this is one of the favorite memories from our trip.
- Ben Youssef Madrasa
- Bahia Palace
- get to medina for sunset; i think Cafe France has one of the best views of the medina at sunset. Get there early to get a good table and watch the medina come to life.
- get lost in the medina early morning, mid-day and after dark. Very different atmostphere depending on the time of day.
I thought our 3 days in Marrakesh was enough, but the days were a little slow due to Ramadan…. We also spent time in Fez and took about 4 days to travel from Fez to Marrakesh so we could enjoy Atlas Mountains and an overnight in the Sahara. Our Sahara dessert overnight included a camel ride; I saw camel rides at Palmeraie and it is nothing compared to the Erg Chebbi dunes. Well worth the time, though you’d be away from Marrakesh for at least 2 nights.
Essaouira is a three hour drive from Marrakesh; we didn’t have time to go but spoke with other travelers who did day trips to Essaouira to escape the heat in Marrakesh [106 F in mid-June].
Good luck planning and have fun! Morocco and its people are beautiful.
Post # 3
Cupcake4 : thank you for this! We won’t be able to do the dessert on this trip as OH wants a chunk of time at the all inclusive; still toying with the idea of fitting Essaouira in but undecided as we’re already moving hotels twice and it’s quite a long trip. It may be that we wait and see how we feel when we get there as if we’re getting bored at the all inclsuive we could go for 1 night just to add some variety.
Was it super hot when you were there? We’re there late July/early August so a little concerned about this! Definitely going to make sure the itinerary is very relaxed with lots of chill out time.
Post # 4
Im in morocvo right now! My husband lives outside casablanca and I’m here visiting him.
Marrakech is dreadfully hot in the summer. Too hot to do things in the daytime usually. You’ll want to go out after 5 or 6 but the city is alive until early morning
Most riads don’t have AC but if you’re lucky you can find one with a pool. There’s a lot of culture shock in coming to Morocco. I can give you hints about taxi drivers or squat toilets or asking for utensils since most people eat with hands. A huge language barrier, though most touristy spots will speak some English or French.
I used tripadvisor to help me plan my first time to Morocco. It helped plan things. Send me a private message if you want more details or photos.
Post # 5
barbie86 : There were highs of 106 F when we were there. Lots of water and avoid being in the sun during the hotest parts of the day. There’s lots of shade to be found in the medina.
Post # 6
LOVE Marrakech!! I was there for a few days after spending a couple days in Casablanca. I was there mid August as well, it is HOT. We usually got up early in the morning to do a few things, then back to the condo and the a/c & pool during midday, went back out for the nightlife. We had a camel ride, took a few trips to the medina, visited a Riad, spent some quality pool and r&r time, had drinks at Hotel Mansour the grounds and drinks here are AMAZING! Last day we took a trip to Selman Marrakech. Toured the hotel and most importantly the stables. Fantastic grounds with beautiful Arabian horses in pastures all around.
Post # 7
Almost forgot! Tagging on to my last post. We visited Yves St Laurent garden. I loved it. If you like plants/flowers definitely a stop to add.
Post # 8
eandh0904 : thank you! I’m prepared for the heat having been to Turkey, Egypt and also Rome at the hottest times of year (temps regularly reaching 100-110F; it was particularly bad in Rome as there was no shade anywhere and we were sightseeing). I speak a bit of French so will try to brush up before I go as it’s a little rusty (haven’t been to France in years), but I’m hoping this will help.
What are your favourite things to see or do in Marrakech? I’m particularly interested in less touristy things eg a favourite cafe to people watch from, a favourite boutique, etc 🙂
Cupcake4 : thanks! Will definitely be stocking up on plenty of water; in Rome we got through it so quickly. I’m also going to try to plan activities around midday that involve being indoors (preferably places with AC). I’m looking forward to leisurely dinners and drinks in the evening and also some shopping as it should be much more bearable then.