Visit the gardens of Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Marrakesh due to its picturesque scenes. The botanical garden is located near the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, which is a site dedicated to the iconic fashion designer and is also a must see if you are fashion muse and if you have much more time to spend in Morroco. The garden itself is two and a half acres which also includes its own museum dedicated to Berber culture. Although it is slightly pricey for a tourist attraction in Marrakesh at 70 Morrocan Dirham (MAD) which is equivalent to £5.80 with the museum costing extra of another 30 MAD it is well worth a visit if you are wanting to get away from the chaos of the medina.
Stay in a riad
Whilst there are plenty of hotels, apartments and Airbnbs that are cheap and widely available across Marrakesh I would thoroughly recommend staying in a riad. There are not many places in the world where you can stay in a spacious home with an inside courtyard or garden. Most riads are family-run and have beautiful interiors which have been turned into hotels. The higher your budget the more you get with many modern riads offering spa and relaxation treatments, rooftop pools and restaurants on your doorstep.
Explore the streets of Marrakesh
Marrakesh is a place where tourists can easily get lost in between the medina, souks and the residential areas. Although, most of the fun is in getting lost and exploring the streets of a new country sometimes it can frustrating when you are meant to be somewhere at a specific time. There are signs offering directions to Jamaa El Fna and people suggesting routes but these should be ignored as they are mostly never correct and sending you in the completely wrong direction.
Visit the Koutobia Mosque
Also known as Jami ‘al-Kutubiyah, Koutobia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech. Located nearby the Jemaa el-Fna and situated next to the Parc Lalla Hasna it is a true highlight in Marrakech due to its Islamic architecture. During the evening, the mosque is lit up and demonstrates its decorative arches, well-maintained gardens and curved windows for all of Marrakesh to see.
Breakfast with a view
One of the many benefits of going to Marrakesh is the warm weather with temperatures reaching on average 20 degrees in December. When travelling a hearty way to start the day is breakfast with many Morrocan riads serving their morning meals on their rooftops overlooking the hustle streets of Marrakesh. Carb substantial foods such as bread and muffins are commonly served as well as seasonal fresh fruits. Other energy inducing foods including Bagrir, a bread/pancake like mixture and Harcha which are both made from semolina flour and enjoyed at breakfast.
This is definitely one for those who love the adrenaline rush and being outdoors. These sorts of activities can be booked online in advance through a major travel site or while you are out there but would be best booked through the riad that you are staying in. Although, prices may differ depending on where you are staying when I went it cost £70 for two people. The activity tends to run three times a week and twice a day – one in the morning and then again in the afternoon, and do take half a day to do. As well as quad-biking there are buggies available to use as well as getting to explore the Moroccan desert and taste some Moroccan tea during a pit stop. On these sorts of trips, you can expect to get dust, dirt and water all over you so bring extra clothes and wear something old.
Try some Moroccan cuisine
Moroccan food is as vibrant as its spices with cayenne pepper, turmeric and paprika being some of the traditional spices used in their cuisine. Whilst, tagine is served anywhere you visit in Marrakech whether being a cafe, riad or restaurant Morocco has plenty of other food on offer. Harira is a simple yet fulfilling starter of lentil soup which is flavoured with herbs and spices and gives an extra depth of flavour to the dish. Another dish you must try is pastilla, which is a chicken or pigeon pie and is a hearty main meal which can be enjoyed mixing both sweet and salty flavours of the meat dish. Finally, Kaab el Ghazal is a sweet dish that can be enjoyed after a meal. Despite the fact, you can find them on a stall on the side of the road (and also that they are so moreish that you won’t want to stop) they are filled pastries with almond paste and scented with orange flavour water and cinnamon.