Marrakech had been on my bucket list for such a long time and I finally got to visit back in May this year.
It is such a beautiful city, full of warm and welcoming people. Having done a bit of reading online I found that a lot of people had concerns about the safety of Marrakech before traveling.
Those that visit Morocco thinking its like any other European country will be in for a culture shock. Familiarise yourself with where you’re going so that you know what to expect and you’ll be absolutely fine. As always, travel with an open mind.
I finally got to visit Marrakech! My mom and I had been eyeing it out for a very long time and we booked our tickets in the end. On our first day we had a very vague itinerary. We arrived at 10AM and had a full day to ourselves. Having woken up 3.30AM to catch our flight from Stansted we needed some time to freshen up and ended up relaxing for a few hours at our hotel before heading out to the main square Jeema El Fna. This is one of the biggest hotspots in Marrakech, not only for tourists but also for the locals. Its a buzzing market place with a lot of character, colour, entertainment, live music and food. The oldest mosque in Marrakech and the biggest souk can also be found in this square. Picture something out of Aladdin – where else do you need to be?
We had reached our last day in Marrakech. A day we planned to just spend relaxing by the pool and getting our last bit of sunshine before returning to the cold old UK. I woke up in the morning and the first thing my mom told me was that its raining outside. I thought she was joking but opening the curtains I was gutted to find grey clouds. We didn’t have a plan B! I hadn’t even considered rain as an option. Luckily the hotel staff suggested that we visit Jardin De Majorelle. We Googled some images and headed off straight away to avoid the afternoon rain that we saw on the weather forecast.
When visiting Morocco, one thing you must experience is a hammam. A hammam is a traditional steam room where you go to cleanse yourself and most importantly scrub off dead skin! It sounds soothing and beautiful, doesn’t it? In Marrakech, there are hammams for all budgets. If you only want to spend a few pounds you could visit a public hammam or if you’d like a treat, you could go from mid market spas to upscale hotel ones.
On the first day of arriving in Marrakech I had booked a hammam appointment. Having miscalculated time and distance, I missed my appointment and was recommended to visit Les Bains De Marrakech instead. I’m so happy I missed my initial appointment because it turned out to be the best spa experience I’ve ever had.
The entrance is hidden in a backstreet so make sure you know where you’re going. You will see a sign on the wall where to turn and you literally turn into a different world.