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October 4, 2016

Simple City Guide to Marrakech

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Marrakech is one of those destinations that ignites the senses, ups the culture shock and leaves you wanting more. So when I was studying abroad in Madrid, I knew that without a doubt, that I had to get to Marrakech. So after talking to two of roommates and our Kiwi friend, we decided to purchase last minute flights to the alluring Northern Africa city of Marrakech. The four of us girls were excited to go somewhere exotic, stuff our faces with amazing local dishes, and shop our way through the souks. And the best part? We felt like we covered a lot of ground in just a short weekend. While we didn’t necessarily plan or do any research beforehand, we somehow knocked it out of the ballpark.

So if you find yourself taking a last minute jaunt to Northern Morocco, this simple City Guide to Marrakech has you covered…

Simple City Guide to Marrakech

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How to get to Marrakech

Getting to Marrakech from Europe is easy and super cheap, thanks to RyanAirOur flight from Madrid to Marrakech was around an hour and less than $20 each way! The price was perfect for us college kids studying abroad and looking for a quick weekend getaway. 

Plus, you get to fly into the Sex and the City 2 Airport!

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Just don’t take a picture like I did on the tarmac because the police (with huge machine guns) will scare you off quickly… 

Where to stay in Marrakech

We immediately knew that we wanted to stay at Equity Point once we saw the pictures on HostelWorld. And let me tell you, the pictures did not lie. It was just as incredible in person as it was online. The hostel is beautiful, immaculate, and was just perfect. There was a central pool to beat the Saharan heat and relax with other travelers. Additionally, there was a rooftop terrace where you can admire the city, listen to call of prayer, and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine. The hostel includes a delicious breakfast, consisting of delicious Moroccan tea, coffee, and pancakes.

The only downfall? It could be hard to find since your wandering down the many alleys of the Medina city center. Either arrange for transportation to pick you up from the airport or get detailed instructions from the hostel. We roamed around for about an hour until we found it. However, we were still glad that this is where we stayed because of the price, central location and it’s the most beautiful hostel. Beds start from 12 Euros. 

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What to do in Marrakech

Since a weekend goes by so quickly when traveling, we wanted to experience the Moroccan culture by exploring the Medina, shopping the souks and by eating our way through Marrakech.

Shop through the souks

The shopping is incredible in Marrakech! You can buy anything from shoes, scarfs, purses, spices, oils and beautiful pieces for your home. Be sure to barter and negotiate for a better price, especially if you (or your shopping buddy) are buying things from the same vendor.

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Eat your way through Marrakech

One of the best things to do in Marrakech is to eat and drink your weight in fabulous Moroccan delicacies, mint tea and orange juice. Be sure to do research on the food stalls to see which one is best. Things to eat: Tanjines, kebabs, delicious breads with dipping sauces, fruits, and pastries. Things to drink: Fresh squeezed orange juice & mint tea.

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Explore the Medina & the beautiful architecture

Marrakech is an architectural and designers dream. There are beautiful alleyways with doors compete with intricate details. Pink and peach colored buildings to awe and admire. To put it simply, Marrakech was unlike anything I had ever seen and absolutely fell in love with it’s desert beauty and character.

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Things to know about Marrakech

  • The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham. Be sure to request more than you expect to cover your shopping, transportation and dining. It’s not 1st world so many places don’t take card.

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  • Dress conservatively. Especially if you’re traveling with a group of girlfriends or solo, the more covered up you are, the better. Despite what you see on Instagram, it’s wise to cover up so you avoid unwarranted attention (you are also in an Islamic country after all!) We wore leggings (it was summer), long skirts and dresses, and long sleeve shirts to cover up shoulders and elbows. Also, I highly suggest bringing a scarf in case you don’t feel covered up enough or would like to cover your hair.

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  • Be wary of overly friendly locals. They may appear to want to help you but they expect payment for their “advice”. It’s annoying as they can be pushy and demanding. Stand your ground and stay confident in where you’re going.   

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  • Marrakech is slightly more progressive than other Islamic countries. You can find alcohol at some restaurants and markets. We had wine at our hostel but kept it cool while we were out and about. 

Conclusion to city guide to Marrakech

Marrakech is a vibrant, stimulating and polarizing city that everyone seems to have an opinion about. Some love it, some hate it. But it’s definitely one of those cities that should be seen and experienced first hand. Traveling in a pack of 4 women, I felt safe most the time (even though we exercised a lot of caution). I personally loved the food, the culture shock, the dusty sand and heat. Because at the end of the day, isn’t that what travel is all about? Taking you somewhere new to waken up the senses? If you’re looking for just the thing, look no further than Marrakech, Morocco! 

Xo, 

Chloe

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  • Young And Undecided

    Your pictures are incredible! My friend was recently in Marrakech and stayed at the same hostel! IT looks amazing! It’s definitely on my list 🙂 x

    • Thank you! Haha no way! Equity Point Hostel is quite the happening spot, it’s such a cool place to stay!!

  • Tao Platt

    Looks like you had an incredible time. I last had Moroccan mint tea years ago – it’s delicious! Great recommendation.

    • Omg how amazing is Moroccan mint tea?? It’s AMAZING! I drank it whenever I could haha!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Great advice on visiting Marrakech. It looks like an incredible place that is so close to Europe.

    • It’s amazing! I highly recommend it, light on the wallet and rich in culture!!

  • AdventuresOfAjerseygirl

    Great run down of the city. Proper Moroccan Mint tea is amazing right? You are totally right about dressing conservatively, you only open yourself up for hassle and also it’s correct to be culturally aware and respectful, it’s amaxing how many aren’t. Fab post as always Chloe #flyawayfriday

    • Thanks love! And omg, it’s the best!! I can’t find anything quite like it here in the States 🙁 Haha. And right?? I see some pictures on Instagram of girls wearing skimpy dresses and just shake my head. Haha oh man. Thanks for stopping by lady and can’t wait to see your latest post. Have a great weekend!

  • Tracy Collins

    It’s on my list! It looks amazing and a really great experience! Morrocan food is my favourite so I would be in my element! #flyawayfriday

  • This looks seriously amazing! I would love to go to Marrakech. My sister travelled to Morocco with her husband and she was pretty much ignored being female, quite a change from their trip to Italy where her husband was ignored! But it sounds like an incredible place to visit. $20 ain’t too bad for flights either! I think I would go stock up on hundreds of scarves and handbags 😛 #flyawayfriday

  • Oh my! I love your photos and recommendations! I have been thinking about visiting Morocco in the off season (winter) since I think it is cheaper and not that cold. I would walk around the souls everyday. And, I will like to visit some placed with extensive tile work.

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco! Marrakesh looks like a great city for a getaway; something different, a place full of culture. I know I’d have so much fun just wandering around and taking photos of all the beautiful buildings. And the food looks incredible! #FlyAwayFriday

  • Tiffany

    Wow! That hotel does look awesome! I like all the pictures in this post. Morocco is so on my list. My 71 year old neighbor in my hometown and her husband are soon to go there!

  • Morocco has never really been on my radar as places I’d want to visit- especially now with kids. Though it does sound like a fascinating place. And I do love Moroccan food. #FlyAwayFriday

  • First off, we’re a little jealous at that bargain air fare! Heck yeah – we’d go too! Toss in that lovely hostel, and the souks, and a thousand years of history? We’re definitely moving Marrakech up the Bucket List a few spots now. 😉 #FlyawayFriday

  • That hostel looks amazing and your flight price was a bargain! Glad you had a great trip, I’d love to go one day.

  • nattiekaf

    Marrakech sounds awesome, and the food sounds amazing. How long ago was this trip?

  • Wow I can’t believe your flights were only $20! What an amazing deal! I agree with being smart about overly friendly people – when we were there a young man offered to show us to our hotel, only to demand 50 Dirhams afterwards! It was truly an amazing experience exploring Marrakech though – would love to see the waterfalls next time! #flyawayFriday

  • Mimi Rose

    Marrakech looks like such an interesting and stunning city, I would love to visit someday soon (and Spain too for that matter!). Beautiful photos Chloe!

  • Absolutely loved this post! Morocco is on my bucket list for this year, so I´ve taken notes! Thanks for sharing! #flyawayfriday

  • claudi

    Really cool! I always wondered about the atmosphere in the city, especially for women. But it seems that you and your friends had a good time! Maybe I should put it on my list. After all, I’m in Europe and could book a cheap flight 😉 xoxo Claudi #flyawayfriday

  • I love that you respect the cultural aspect by suggesting to dress conservatively! Being from Japan, I roll my eyes when travelers come and do what they want or dress how they want to the point where it’s disrespectful! xo

  • Mike C

    I have a friend who is heading to Morocco for the New Year, I’ll share this article with them.

  • I loved Marakesh. You are totally right about the food in there and “advices” of the locals. They can be really pushy and treat tourists as a wallet. Still it is an amazing culture and very hospitable people. When I see your pictures I notice that we have tried same food in the same places 😛

  • I loved Marrakech and would love to return. Ryan Air definitely makes it affordable. I only spent 6 euros each way on my tickets! It is such a fascinating city, but the overly friendly locals expecting payment is definitely something to be wary about.

  • Vishal

    $20 one way is even cheaper than my one way taxi to my work. I wish Ryan Air comes to Calgary or I move wherever Ryan Air flies. So that I can enjoy cheap flights. On a serious note, I love the photos.

  • Editor-in-Style Good

    Morocco is on my list of places to go! Your guide is very informative and those pancakes look delicious! I love the cat peering at the meal 🙂 The hotel looks beautiful.

  • This is likely the most useful guide I’ve read on Marrakech and the photos are amazing! Love the color and vibrancy that comes through 🙂

  • Cat Lin

    wow Marrakech looks so much fun! So much to do and see there 🙂

  • Arnav Mathur

    Marrakech looks so much fun with so many good things to eat.The hostel looks amazing and am sure you might have had an awesome time at the property.