Heading to Marrakech can be nerve-racking for a lot of reason and probably most of the reasoning comes from what we see on TV about Middle East countries and predominate Muslim regions of the world. However, if you chose to book a vacation in the beautiful overflowing with culture city here are a few tips and experiences from my 5 day trip to Marrakech, Morocco. Here is a 5-day Breakdown of my Itinerary.
Into the marketplace also known as Jemaa el-Fnaa. The marketplace has tons of trinkets, street food, fresh juices, spices, handbags, traditional scarfs, and clothing. The windy ally ways continue to lead you to more shops you can walk for hours. Be ready to negotiate for the best prices, you may not always win but it worth a shot. The vendors can be pretty intense and persistent in their sales pitch. I suggest standing your ground if you don’t want to purchase anything or sample their henna tattoos, say no firmly and keep walking. Sound easy right? Takes some practice but you’ll get a lot of that in the square.
Spend your evening enjoying a traditional Moroccan meal on the terrace of one of the popular restaurants surrounding Jemaa-el-Fnaa. The following restaurants are ideal for sunset.
Restaurant Cafe de France
Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier
I suggest getting there a little early the terrace view of the marketplace at sunset is magical and you’ll need a great seat. Finish the evening back in the square for live music and entertainment.
- If you take photos of any of the street entertainers someone will come around and collect a fee, price set based on their mood ( don’t say I didn’t warn you)
Rise early and spend the morning at breakfast at your Raid before heading out to your desert adventure. links to day trips and multi-night adventures
I suggest 2 night 3-day Merzouga desert adventure Makes pit stops in historical cities of Morocco along the way. End the evening at a hotel for dinner and rest ( included in your package)
Driving the second leg of the trip into the desert
Not sure what to bring with you on your camel ride. If you booked one of the more budget tours you are only allowed to bring the clothes on your back and a small backpack. Luxury tours are allotted more and have better bathrooms and showers. pick and pack wisely.
Pick your camel out of the lineup hop on and enjoy the bumpy ride into the sunset of the about 2 miles from start to campsite. Merzouga dessert.
Dinner is provided by the campsite.
Rise extremely early to get back onto your camel and ride back to pick up location while the sunrises. Now for the long haul (6hr) back to Marrakech or make a detour and take a ride into (3hrs) FEZ.
You still have time before you leave to explore the local gardens.
- Menara Gardens
- Jardine Majorelle
- Agdal Gardens
Absolutely beautiful and a great way to end your trip and relax after that long desert excursion.
Places to stay
Places to stay in a budget ($)- Raid Sijane
Places on a bigger budget 9($$$)- La Mamounia Marrakech
- Fly into Marrakech (RAK) Airport
- Book transportation prior to arrival
- Shop Marrakech city square
- Destination Merzouga desert
- Sunset dinner
- Sunset in the Merzouga desert
- Explore the gardens
- Try Tagine and Couscous
check out some Snapshots from Marrakech
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