I think I may have overestimated how much time I’d need in Marrakesh. It is an intriguing place but 9 days was too much, 5 days would probably have done the trick.
1. Djemaa el Fna Square
This should be pretty high on any list. During the day, the square is full of orange juice stands which provide the perfect refreshment during breaks from shopping in the souks. At night, a food market opens up and entertainers flock in. After dinner, the hustle and bustle can become a little overwhelming so I took to a nearby sky bar to have a drink in the breeze and watching the goings on from the calm above.
2. The Atlas Mountains
This mountain range provide a stunning backdrop to the city and a visit is not complete without a trip into them to admire the scenery. Climbing them may be one option, but if you are anything like me and have issues with exercise even when you are not in immense heat, you can get a trip by car instead.
3. Ouzoud Falls
Not only is this 100m high waterfall very picturesque but trips can even include a swim in the pool below. A refreshing dip makes the relatively long, and likely rather hot, drive worth it. You may even get a chance to spot some monkeys dotted around.
4. Ait Benhaddou & Ouarzazate
A trip to Ouarzazate meant a very long and quite uncomfortable drive but on the way we stopped off at Ait Benhaddou, which ultimately made the whole day worth it. These earthy buildings have been used as the setting for several movies and TV shows, including The Mummy, Gladiator and Game of Thrones- so they are a must for any film fans.
5. Ride a camel
I cannot pretend that this was the most comfortable experience, and I seem to recall a camel burping in my face at one point, but how often do you get the chance to trek through palm groves on the back of a camel? It is the ultimate desert experience.
6. Eat tagine and drink mint tea
You cannot go to a place and experience the culture without eating the local foods. Tagine is a meat and veg stew with some spices thrown in. My favourite one came with potatoes and onions. I could happily have lived off of that thing. Mint tea is also a must and good for re-hydrating. Be prepared for it to include a lot of sugar.