“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” – Anita Desai
I’ll let you in on a secret – the Middle East has intrigued me for the longest time. The fashion, the culture and of course the knowledge that I’m able to eat pretty much everything out there – my halal haven. But never did I think I could fall in love the way I did with Marrakech.
Met by our very helpful transfer rep from TUI Travel, we were equipped with options for the next three days.
The bustling Rose City lined with charming salmon pink buildings really is a sight to behold. What makes Marrakech so appealing to both the young and old is the perfect balance between modern developments and older landmarks. In fact, it’s the natural and somewhat ancient landscapes and customs that is revered the most by visitors. Mint tea, tagines and of course Jemaa el-Fnaa, the popular market filled with an abundance of souks and eateries.
The souks have a life of their own with everything on offer from generic souvenirs to food, clothing, pottery and fragrances. I’ll be honest, I can’t haggle very well. However if I can whittle prices down, so can you.
Marrakech exceeded my expectations and even though you have to be wary about extortionate prices reserved for tourists and some people openly begging, that won’t stop you having a good time. There is plenty to admire and discover.
For those that aren’t overly keen on sampling Moroccan cuisine – can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to though – then you have your failsafe fast food joints. McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut are all available, along with independent restaurants that offer menus perfectly tailored for tourists.
Having only visited for three days, it was hard to tell what the night scene in Marrakech was like. Our choice? A rooftop bar at Cafe Renaissance which not only does good shisha, but delicious desserts and an array of drinks.
The weather was gloriously hot for November making it the perfect autumn escape where you can easily explore other cities such as Casablanca, Agadir and Fez.
I’ll stop and leave you with some snaps below from Marrakech, which are more than just your average holiday pics – they’re the precise reasons why I can’t wait go back.