6 Things I Wish I Knew/You Should Know Before Visiting Marrakech

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day is overflowing with family, friends, good food, and fun.

I’m thankful for many things that’ve happened this year, but right now I’m thankful that you’re taking the time to visit this little blog of mine.

Hopefully it’s while you’re taking a break between plates 2 and 3 of all the good stuff {in case you’re wondering what the good stuff is for me it includes ham, yams, Grandma’s mac & cheese, collard greens, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a hot buttered bread roll – mmmhmmmhmmm, cue drooling}.

Instead of writing a reflective post on what I’m grateful for and yadda yadda I’m continuing my overdose on all things Marrakech.

Because at the moment, having that experience in my memory is what I’m most thankful for.

So since I’m still riding the wave of our holiday {look at me, being all British and calling it a holiday 😉 }, today I thought I’d share a few tips and insights I gained from the experience.

As I mentioned in my recap post – this was an extremely eye-opening, culturally expanding trip.

And this is going to sound super cheesy – but it’s getting to visit places like Marrakech that make me really thankful to be alive, have the ability to see the world, and the cajones to actually do it!

It’s also my hope that sharing these experiences will inspire you to get out and see as much of this beautiful world we live in as you can.

It’s my personal belief that the best way to grow and learn is to go see and do.

And one place I would 100% recommend you go see and do is Marrakech!

Now, having been there just this once, it should come as no surprise that I now consider myself an expert on all things having to do with Marrakech.

So these tips and insights I’m about to share should be taken very seriously. My words are gold. Grab a pen and paper and get ready to take notes!

Here are 6 things I wish I knew/you should know before visiting Marrakech.

{Author’s note: In case it wasn’t obvious – I was totally joking about being an expert, I’m very much a newbie and these tips/insights are solely my opinion, my words are not gold {they’re more like shiny copper} and should not be taken that seriously. Leave the pen and paper – note taking is not necessary 🙂 }

6 Things I Wish I Knew/You Should Totally Know Before Visiting Marrakech

1. The Médina is where it’s at.

The Medina is the heart of the city. While other areas of Marrakech are very modern and hip, with strong French influences {my favorite kind of influence}, the Médina has way more character and I found much more interesting to explore.

With that in mind, I strongly suggest booking a place to stay within the Médina rather than outside for a full experience.

We ended up booking an Airbnb that was about a 20 minute walk from the Medina, and while yes we got to experience the more modern side of Marrakech – we found ourselves spending most of our time in the Medina and would’ve probably loved the experience that much more if we’d stayed within the city limits.

2. Visit places outside Marrakech

While there’s plenty to see and do in Marrakech, if you’re staying more than 3 days, try to take an excursion to another city such as Essaouira or up to the Atlas Mountains.

It’s amazing the various geography Morocco has to offer, you can go from desert to mountains to beach in a week.

3. Take your time & window shop your first time in the souks.

Walking all the windy streets and alleyways of the souks lined with shops and people trying to sell you this, that, or the other can be really overwhelming. Especially if you’re someone like me who likes to be left alone when shopping.

Give yourself time to get acclimated to the environment and see what places have to offer before committing to a purchase. If you see something that catches your eye don’t be afraid to stop and take a closer look. Just because you’re looking doesn’t mean you have an obligation to buy – no matter how hard the shopkeeper tries to convince you.

4. Be nice, but firm

As I said – the minute you step into the Medina people are vying for your attention and – more specifically – your cash money. While I read a few horror stories, we didn’t experience anyone that was overly aggressive in trying to sell us stuff.

If you don’t want something a smile and firm ‘no thank you‘ is really all you need. They may continue to call after you, but trust there are 20+ people behind you that they could just as easily sell to.

5. Enjoy the city from up high

While many restaurants have lovely outdoor cafe seating where you can watch the life of city go by, they usually also have amazing rooftop seating where you can escape from the hustle and bustle, watch the sunset and listen to the calls for prayer echoing throughout the city. A truly magical experience.

6. The city comes alive at night

New York may be the city that never sleeps, but I think Marrakech could seriously give it a run for it’s money. While it’s beautiful during the day – at night is when it really comes to life.

By the end of the trip we’d learned to take it easy during the day, sleep in, go to a spa,  maybe visit a tourist attraction. Then at night hit the souks and main square for food, shopping, street performances, music, dancing, and more.

So what say you? Would you put Marrakech on your travel bucket list?

Let me know in the comments!

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