Morocco was on my wish list for ages, and when Maša suggested that we buy a plane ticket I was up for it in a second. Sadly our trip was very short, and we didn’t manage to see much more than Marrakech, but it was still an amazing experience and now I know for sure I will be back in the future to explore it even more. I fell in love with the streets full of chaos, unlimited stands with spices and friendly people. We were trying our best with haggling on the streets, but at the end I’m pretty sure we still overpaid most of the stuff. We fell for a scam or two, even though we read all about them before the trip. We drank a lot of mint tea, ate the best food and all in all had a great time in Marrakech.
TOP 3 THINGS TO DO IN MARRAKECH
-WANDER JARDIN MAJORELLE
-SHOP IN OLD MEDINA
-TAKE PHOTOS IN BAHIA PALACE
OURIKA VALLEY TRIP
We took a day off from chaotic Marrakech streets and booked a day trip to Ourika valley from our Riad. The driver picked us up close to our accommodation and took us up towards the Atlas Mountains. Our first stop was just by the road where we got the chance to ride camels, which we decided to skip. We continued a bit higher to see the Berber village and stopped in Argan Oil Cooperation where the ladies showed us how Argain oil is made. Since I knew I wanted to avoid buying fake oil I bought a very expensive one there, and then a bit higher on the street there was the same oil for only half the price. Last stop was a short, but slippery climb to a waterfall, which seemed nothing special for two girls comming from the country with extraordinary waterfalls. The other tourists seemed to love it, and while they were taking photos like crazy we took a little break for mint tea. Overall we had a great day, we took some nice photos and finished the trip with a delicious chicken tagine up in the mountains.
We are both obsessed with planning trips, so we read all about the scams in Morocco before leaving. You could say we were more than prepared, but at the end still fell for a pretty typical scam. When we walked past Ben Yousef Madrasa Chruch (which we knew was closed at the time) a young guy approached us, and told us that the church is closed, but we are in luck because if we walk a bit further we can go and see local tanneries which are opened only today. “Berber people are here only today, and go back to the Atlas tomorrow” is a sentence that should have you alarmed. We followed a guy that just happened to pass by, and arrived to the tanneries where other guy started showing us around. It was an interesting 10 minute tour and we of course knew we will have to pay something at the end. When we wanted to give the “guide” a tip, he yelled that it’s not enough and we each owe him around 20EUR, we argued a bit, left him a small tip and just left.
RIADS WE LOVED IN MARRAKECH
If you are in Morocco, you should stay in their traditional house, built around central house, that is called Riad. You can really get a lot for your money in Marrakech, and the atmosphere in riads feels so homely. We stayed in three different riads and all of them were lovely. Riad Dar Barbi and Riad Dar Attika were more of a mid-range stay, while Riad Karmela offered more luxurious stay. All of them had comfortable rooms and the most warm welcome upon our arrival. If you riad has a spa be sure to try out some treatments. You won’t regret it!
*You can read all about our stay in Riad Karmela HERE.
FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT & DRINK IN MARRAKECH
If me and Maša have something in common, we sure both love a good meal. We scouted all the best food spots in Marrakech, and enjoyed famous chicken tagines, moroccan keftas and couscous. These are some of our favourite restaurants and cafes in Marrakech:
– LE JARDIN SECRET
-CAFE DES EPICES
-FOOD MARKET AT JEMAA EL-FNA
If the last food photos didn’t convince you to visit Marrakech, I don’t know what will! I am more than exited to visit this beautiful country again in the future and explore other cities and desert as well. Let me know your favourite spots in Morocco in comments.