Oh Morocco! Marrakech! Where do I begin? Certainly the most interesting experience I’ve lived. For the longest time I’ve been wanting to visit this enriching, culturally glorifying country and it finally happened. Three of my best girlfriends tagged along and made our trip so much worth the while. The stories, the laughs, and the outfits! Total sex and the city vacay. Goals accomplished!
First, off I have to say I absolutely loved Marrakech! I’d go there again in a heartbeat. It was a wonderful authentic experience of the Moroccan culture. BUT I will say this is no place for spur of the moment. Adventurous yes, but certainly requires research. I’m here to share some of my experience and possibly make your trip easier by lending some insight and helpful tips I picked up.
Where to Stay:
Where to Stay:
- Riad Le Jardin d’Abdou- We could not have been happier with this place. Absolutely loved it! It was small, intimate, and ultra-relaxing. Not only was it beautiful and authentic but its service was beyond what I’ve ever experienced. The manager was kind enough to arrange our tours, dinners, and even our transportation to Casablanca. They really go above and beyond to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your stay.
- La Mamounia– This five star luxury hotel and spa has been ranked one of the world’s best hotels and received countless awards worldwide. Definitely worth the price or even the visit for lunch or dinner. Total palace where anyone who is anyone would know about this place. INCREDIBLE!
- Any Riad- A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. There are many riad hotels in Marrakech and if you’re anything like me and want to experience a real cultural vibe, a riad is the way to go.
Where to Eat:
- Ferme d’hôtel Riad Sidi Hicham- This is actually a hotel but their restaurant is so good locals have named it one of their favorite spots to eat. It’s an outdoor place with the cutest décor. If you’re down to try anything have their couscous or shakshouka. And their tea! It’s sooo refreshing!
- Le Pavillon de la Piscine (Hotel Mamounia)– I had to mention this place again. I’m telling you it’s beyond beautiful! If you don’t stay at the Mamounia I suggest you treat yourself to a nice brunch or lunch by the pool. Trust me you’ll end up feeling like a million bucks.
- Other suggestion: Have your hotel cook you dinner. Our place offered to make us dinner one night and it was the best we’d have. They’ll run to the market to pick up fresh foods for you. They made a four course candlelit dinner at the center of the riad. It was BEAUTIFUL AND DELICIOUS!
What to Do:
- Touristy things: El Bahia Palace, Jardin Marjorelle, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs & the ben youssef madrasa
- The souks of Marrakesh – They sell everything from carpets and herbs to jewelry and clothes. Remember, they are up for negotiating if you are 😉
- Buddha Bar– We didn’t actually get to go here. We were recommended this place by multiple people but also told not to go out without a male companion. Shocker! Since this was an all-girls trip after all we opted out. Still I did some research and certainly think it’s worth going if I’m ever in Marrakech again.
Things to Know:
- Carry cash in small bills and change– I had never been asked for so much money in my life. If you look at that dancing monkey, you better have a tip for his owner. No joke!
- Dress conservatively- In the most touristy areas you’ll see a bit of everything but you still want to remain respectful and certainly don’t want men staring the wrong way. Trust me!
- Hire a tour guide (preferably a man if you’re all girls) as much as I hate to gender specify things, in a country like this it is unfortunately important. Here’s our recommendation. Shout out to our guy Hamid!
- Don’t be flashy!– I’m not talking physically, but personally. The way you carry yourself makes the difference in the world. It is not the norm for women to be independent, loud, and outspoken.
- Learn the language– Well a few generic helpful phrases or words like “shukraan” which means thank you in Arabic. This is a place where the natives speak multiple languages, it’s always a nice gesture to try and not assume everyone can speak English. (Don’t be that tourist)
Note: French is another very common language spoken, so I’d suggest you brush up on your “française” you attempted in high school.
Getting the Sex and the City flashbacks yet? We had many of those, but we avoided any legal problems/jail time. Remember to just nod and keep conservative, you are in unfamiliar territory after all. Open your eyes and mind to another world and take it in.