We only had three weeks to explore the whole country, which is clearly not enough time to travel around this amazing place. From time to time we get asked to write about a destination we’ve visited for commercial reasons. This post fits into that category.
Whilst on the road you get chatting to fellow travellers about their favourite locations and for many Marrakech features high on the bucket list of must-do places to visit. So what makes Marrakech such a popular holiday or long-weekend destination?
Things to do in Marrakech
Marrakech has many attractions which makes it popular with tourists from around the world, especially as a winter sun holiday destination for those in the UK and Europe. The flight from London to Marrakech is approximately three hours long, making it easy and convenient to fly there from many UK hubs.
If you’ve never stayed in a Riad then your missing out. This is a room in a family home. We had a great time staying in Riads when we visited Morocco and many are hidden behind tiny doors down small alleyways. The surprise comes when you open the door into this cavernous central open plan area which rises to a skylight in the ceiling flooding the space with natural light.
They are comfortable and most importantly cool and work naturally to repel the burning African sun.
Getting around Marrakech
A romantic way to travel around Marrakech is by horse drawn cart. This form of transport is a leisurely way to sight-see around this very photogenic city and I would recommend this a great way to soak up the magical atmosphere, rather than flying around in a taxi, if you have the time.
What many people don’t realise is Marrakech is also an excellent place to explore the rest of Morocco’s delights. You can easily book trips and tours from the many operators with offices here.
So with regular flights from London to Marrakech there is no excuse for not sampling the exotic delights of this North African winter sun destination.
What makes the tagine so special is the slow cooking method used which allows the complicated mix of herbs and spices infuse the dish. This makes for a satisfying, and uniquely Moroccan, dining experience. We would also recommend trying the pastilla, which is a savoury stuffing wrapped in sweet filo pastry, delicious!
So maybe one day, when we’ve finished our around the world flashpacking adventure we’ll be able to return to this warm and hospitable country.