Must sees/dos in Marrakech?

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Wannabee

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 # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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
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Wannabee

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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. 

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