The light in Marrakech is unique. The hour before the sun goes down the whole city becomes pink. Glorious pink. The recipe to a perfect trip to this busy city is regular rooftop hangs and day-to-day spa treatments.
Enjoy the sunset on the rooftop and try the delicious Nomad couscous at NOMAD (always a lot of people so if you are a large group, make a reservation) .
This quickly became my favourite spot in the heart of the Medina – Café des Epicés offers lunch and dinner with the best rooftop view.
Moroccan dinner at Le Jardin – hidden away from the streets, you will enjoy a lush garden with a cold breeze, just lovely after a long, hot day.
The best falafel, makouda and hummus at Café Clock. Here you will experience a cool, creative vibe, and they offer cultural events both in music, art, fashion and more. A typical hangout spot for upcoming youngsters in Morocco.
- The best juices at Café des Epices. Try the beetroot juice – refreshing and super healthy!
- Mint Lemonade at Café Clock
- Sunset view and rosé wine at Kozy Bar
- If you need a break from the Souq and heath, try a fresh lemonade (or a glass of wine) at Café Arabe – on clear, sunny days you will see the white tops of the Atlas mountains
Note: In Marrakech it can be hard to find restaurants that offer alcohol – keep in mind that it’s not as common as in Western culture.
Book your spa appointment at the beginning of your stay in Marrakech to ensure you get exactly what you want and when you want it (in high season you should even book it before you arrive). You must try the typical Moroccan hammam followed by a relaxing massage – your body feels so clean and soft after! My two favourite spas:
- Hammam del a Rosé – tranquil athmosphere and lovely staff. If you arrive early for your appointment you can prepare and get relaxed on the secret rooftop with mint tea and sweets
- Les Bains de Marrakech – the authentic Moroccan experience with a cold pool in the back yard to chill at before your treatment. A bit touristic, but worth the experience.
- Stroll around the Souq and Medina in the heart of Marrakech. Here you will find everything from shoes to ceramic plates to spices. Knock yourself out and let the bargaining begin!
- If you need a little break from the bargaining and want to enjoy tranquility, stop by Le Jardin Secret. Exclusive, little garden in the heart of the Medina
- Experience the expansive and magnificent Menara Garden
- One of the most beautiful buildings in Marrakech – Ben Youseff Medersa
Visit the famous garden of Yves Saint Laurent, Majorelle Garden – an orientalist dream with a Berber museum inside. Go early morning to avoid the crowd of people.
Sunrise in Agafay desert, about 40 minuets drive from Marrakech. Rock desert and great view of the Atlas moutains. Enjoy breakfast/lunch in your own little Moroccan tent.
A refreshing break from the busy city life in Ourika Valley, about one hour drive from Marrakech. The best view of the Atlas mountains with amazing landscapes and villages. You can also take an extra hike to reach the 5 waterfalls around the valley.
Trip to Sahara Desert – camel ride and sleeping under the stars. It’s about 8 hours drive from Marrakech, so you need to spend at least three days.
To find the perfect Riad in Marrakech is a bit like looking for a particular fish in the ocean. There are too many and it’s hard to navigate sometimes. Choose one in the heart of the Medina if you want to experience the busy city life, but at the same time retreat to your little secret hide-away.
Riad Anäis offers exactly this – a few steps out the door you will find your self in the streets of the Medina and ten minutes walking you will be in the heart of the Souq. The Riad is beautifully decorated in typical Moroccan interior. Only five rooms, so you will always have the serene atmosphere you need after a day in the busy city. The rooftop became our favourite hangout spot where we got breakfast and coffee every day, served by the lovely housemaid, Lakbira.
If you have the chance to stay a bit longer in Marrakech, I really recommend spending some days on the countryside, about 25 minuets from the heart of Marrakech. It’s hard to describe this wonderful house, you need to experience Villa 9, Domaine Akhar. Picture yourself living like an Arabic princess. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the house upon request.
Worth mentioning about going to Marrakech:
Marrakech is one of the world’s top destinations. That means plenty of tourists, from all over the world. Be prepared. Plan how you want to spend your vacation. It’s easy to get lost in the noisy and intrusive Souq, and get a heat stroke. Regular rooftop hangs and spa treatments are mandatory, just saying.
Stay in a little Riad in the heart of the Medina to get the authentic Moroccan experience. Best time to visit is March-May and September-November.
Watch the video of my FLOWERCHILD collection from this location.