Lose yourself like a needle in the rich cultural tapestry of Marrakech. Morocco’s capital city bursts with life, adventure and colour which any type of traveller will find irresistible; the market's are a kaleidoscope of glittering goods, the architecture emits religious reverence and the surrounding Atlas Mountains impose a calming sense of tranquillity onto the city. Dive head first into the historical heart of the city by following this guide to a day in Marrakech.
Explore the Sparkling Souks
Begin your Arabian adventure in the heart of Marrakech's Old Town of Medina; here, a myriad of markets, locally known as 'souks', sell every intriguing artefact imaginable. Exuberant markets sell everything from antique doors worth thousands and aromatic incense sticks to fragrant herbal teas and hand carved ornaments. Lose yourself in the labyrinth in order to truly explore the incredible sights and smells on offer. Emerge from the markets in order to gain insight into the city's rich history and culture; visit the Koutoubia Mosque and El Badi Palace for a tantalising taste of the architectural jewels of the Old Town. Next, visit the Marrakech Museum for unmissable collections of Islamic artefacts housed in the stunning structure hailed as 'the jewel of Marrakech.' Inside the Dar M'Nebhi Palace, visitors can enjoy elaborately decorated windows, endless ceilings and dynamically designed domes in addition to traditional tapestries and art. For lunch, sample the explosive flavours of Moroccan cuisine at Souk Kafe, where authentic Moroccan soul food is served upon a sun drenched roof terrace. Sample the tender spiced lamb or fruity cous cous for the ultimate lunch time treat.
Escape the antique exuberance of Medina with a visit to one of the country's most beautiful gardens. The Jardin Majorelle was formerly owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and features natural beauty and vibrant colour to rival any catwalk couture. Delicate flowers, spiky cacti and verdant trees from five continents surround the bright blue villa in the garden's centre. The YSL Garden Memorial is a beautiful structure surrounded by African songbirds and picturesque ponds, therefore a gorgeous place to enjoy a sweet juice from the café. Continue to surrender to serenity with a visit to a hammam, where expert practitioners restore skin to a youthful glow with exfoliation and cleansing rituals. Le Bain Bleu hammam boasts secluded patios, aromatic steam rooms and a selection of traditional massages for affordable prices.
Dance until Dawn in the Djemaa el Fna
After resting mind, body and soul, prepare for a festive evening amidst the enticing scents, melodious music and glimmering lights of Djemaa el Fna. The UNESCO world heritage site is the largest square in the whole of Africa, and offers visitors a taste of Moroccan traditions in an ambient and al fresco environment. Snake charmers, street performers, musicians and food stalls cover every inch of the exuberant square, which is also a perfect place to purchase unique souvenirs. After drinking in the astounding ambience, enter the elegant expanse of the Al Fassia restaurant for a flavoursome and fulfilling restaurant experience. The exquisite eatery is a favourite amongst both tourists and locals, who order the spice leg of lamb days in advance. Sit upon embroidered cushions and sip aromatic mint tea before sampling beautifully delicate dishes that combine moist meat, crumbly pastry and robust spices.