Marrakech - Memories & Madness
For me Marrakech is all about the shopping, a shopping haven, the souks in the Medina are one of the best souks in the world, overwhelming at times? Yes very, but totally worth it for all the amazing treasures you’ll come away with!
Its hectic, vibrant, noisy, busy, dusty and can be very hot but as a seasoned shopper, nothing would deter me from sifting through the amazing textiles, ceramics, leather goods and much much more.
You can get lost for hours in the tiny alleyways and cobbled streets, but just take your time sift through the trinkets and treasures and try and enjoy the craziness of it all. Take in the hustle, bustle and strong smells of frankincense and feeling like you’re in Aladdin’s cave, it’s such a magical place to explore.
When choosing all your buys obviously make sure you barter till the cows come home, and you’ll come away with some of the most beautiful leather goods, ceramics and jewellery for pretty good prices – that is if your bartering skills are up to it.
And what I really love about the souks, is that if you choose wisely the items you buy will stay with you forever. I still have beautiful embroidered camel leather bags, bowls and tagine ceramics that I bought over ten years ago and will always treasure, such good quality.
Most beautiful colours and spices
Where to ‘Hammam’
Once you’ve tackled those beautiful but tiring souks head to one of the Hamman’s for a real Moroccan scrub and massage.
Here’s 'The Rough Guides' guide to the best luxury Hammams in Marrakech, make sure you choose wisely and read lots of reviews as they are definitely NOT all luxury!
Where to stay
Make sure you stay at one of the many amazing Riad’s in Marrakech rather than a hotel. The small dusty streets and alleyways are full of beautiful and plain doors that can lead into the most amazing architecturally designed Riads. A little slice of paradise and a great place to rest after a busy days in the souks, the buildings and interiors are just stunning.
‘Le Riad Yasmine’ is a perfect example of a Riad, some friends stayed here last year (pictured below) and the rooms and courtyard are made for sipping tea and lounging around in your kaftans.
There’s a pool and a beautiful roof terrace too with breathtaking views, and with rooms starting at around $100 it won’t break the bank for a piece of paradise.
Until next time Marrakech .. not quite sure I'd be back with the kids in tow, but would be great to get back and create more memories and collect more treasures to fill my house. Marrakech is a very special place to visit steeped in history, tradition and craziness .. a place you wouldn't forget in a hurry that's for sure!