You’ve heard all about the hotel we stayed in in my previous post, so now for what we did. There is lots on offer in and around Marrakech, but luckily with our hotel manager to explain all the options to us we opted fairly quickly for the following:
Atlas Mountains: A Full Day Trip, Private Car and Tour Guide
If you’ve time during your stay then this is my top recommendation. We decided to splash out and chose a private tour guide complete with a brand new 4×4 to show us the sites of the Atlas Mountains. We hiked up waterfalls for the bestest (yes, this isn’t a real word I know) views, learnt all about the Berber culture, walked across scary looking wooden bridges, visited the Argan Oil Cooperative and also a few other local traders. It was a jam packed day, driving about the mountains stopping whenever we wished for photo opportunities, all we had to do was ask.
Camel Riding: Palmeraie Bound
We spent an afternoon bobbing up and down on the two friendly locals pictured below! I took the brown gent, CLB has the biege lady and they were (mostly) well behaved. This is a great way to explore the palm groves of Marrakech. We were very lucky that no-one else had booked our afternoon slot which meant we had the tour guide to ourselves and we could listen intently (this was needed, his French accent was very strong) as we learnt all about Morocco’s history, politics and of course camels. We stopped midway for some pictures and to stretch our legs, then post ride we were served Moroccan tea before being transferred back to our hotel.
Horse & Carriage Tour: All Around the Old Town
On our final day we had a few hours to spare before we left for the airport and decided to take a horse and carriage tour around the centre of Marrakech, taking in all the sites, sounds and smells. The locals who own these horses stick to their guns when it comes to price so bartering didn’t work well, nonetheless we boarded and paid the full price as a final treat to top off a lovely week.
Medina of Marrakech: A Shopping Experience
The Medina is quite daunting at first, with poor monkeys used to entice people for (paid) photos – I stayed clear as I don’t agree with animals in nappies on chains. Also there are snake charmers and women offering to do henna. After a day or two you learn to steer clear and look like you know where you are going, and walk fast! The souks were full of colour and some great items however the stall owners were too intense for me so we didn’t stick around long.
Exploring on Foot: Out and About
Our hotel was inside the old town walls, in an area called Kasba, and therefore it was very easy to get round on foot, drink tea in the local cafes and explore.
Food: Need I Say More
We only had four nights but hundreds of restaurants to choose from, where do you start! The first night we didn’t want to head far from our hotel, and in fact chose the hotel next door to dine – Les Jardins de la Medina. We hadn’t booked so there was nothing in the main room available so we were seated in the heated conservatory, however after a no-show they moved us to the main dining room which was great. The food was authentic moroccan (5* style) and fantastic, and the red wine we chose to accompany it was local and also delicious. The second night we ventured to the new town and ate at a lovely French restaurant, the name escapes me though I’m afraid. For our penultimate night we headed to the Medina on the recommendation of our hotel as we were after a romantic setting – look no further than Comptoir Darna for great food and good prices, entertainment and lovely wine. Our final dinner of the holiday was taken in our hotel restaurant, we knew the breakfasts were great but just needed to check out their evening menu too, needless to say we weren’t disappointed!
In summary, Marrakech is a lovely place to explore, take in culture, snap away on your camera and eat.