Marrakech is such a richly cultural capital – we can never turn down a trip there! It’s amazing how much you can squeeze into a weekend, and for a surprisingly inexpensive trip you still feel like you are a million miles from home.
Moroccan decor exudes creativity and is endlessly exotic. Mirrored tiles reflect jeweled tones amongst stone walls and patterned fabrics effortlessly drape in the markets. We love how the layers of natural texture add vibrancy to every corner which never fails to surprise and delight. The drama of bold patterns breathes life into often plain exteriors, inviting you into a magical and mysterious space waiting to unfold…
Here is Lucy St George’s guide to spending 48 hours in one of the most colourful and exciting cities there is!
Take a stroll, get lost and shop till you drop in the famous Medina’s and Souks. They are exotic, bustling, tempting and colourful. Prepare to indulge all of your senses when wandering through the cobbled winding paths: the souks are filled with thick mountains of rugs, towers of pottery and baskets, irresistible oils and lampshades galore. A homeware shopping paradise.
Rahba Kedima is an incredible market lined with shops selling herbal remedies and vibrant heaps of spice. This is also where the Berber women from the Atlas mountains sell their wares. Make sure you make some room in your suitcase for all the treats!
It’s a must to stay in a Riad rather than a traditional hotel, with their signature courtyards, unique boutique-style bedrooms and roof terraces with spectacular views. We love Riad Edward, a delightful Bohemian and old fashioned Riad just outside the center of the Medina. With the tallest rooftop garden in the medina and beautiful bedrooms it’s a go-to spot for affordable accommodation with a difference. Look out for the carved cedar ceilings and doors, various local artifacts and rugs scattered around the rooms.
We are always on the lookout for art to get our hands on – especially when on holiday! The Matisse Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in Marrakech which shows local young Moroccan artists alongside the work of more established names such as Farid Belkahia and Hassan El-Glaoui. Definitely stop by to soak up some culture.
Another gallery we came across, BCK, specialises in contemporary art along with Moroccan and international artists – the perfect spot to get inspiration for your wall art at home.
A massage at the spa at La Mamounia or Les Bains De Marrakech is a total treat if you need a relaxing lull after the hustle and bustle of your day. Book before you go to get the time slot you want – they are super popular and worth booking in advance. You will need 2 -3 hours for a Hammam massage. We don’t need telling twice!
The interiors at both of these spas are regal and really beautiful. At La Mamounia the marble pillars and hand painted wooden doors bring Moorish tradition to the luxurious state of the art spa treatments. It’s been said that after its opening in 1923, Winston Churchill was a regular resident; calling it ‘the most beautiful place in the world’. We totally agree. The high ceilings are decorated with intricate tiles on the walls and floors, creating palatial scenery for your indulgent treatments. Bliss.
EAT & DRINK
Vanessa Branson’s El-Fenn is a stylish 22-room boutique hotel in the medina. It’s the perfect place to unwind after an eventful day. Head to the rooftop lounge for a drink, accompanied by unobstructed views of the souk.
At Jemaa el-Fna local street food is available on mass as the square comes alive after dark. Try the local special of fried fish and aubergine – it’s delicious! The square is a world heritage site and has street performers, snake charmers and curiosities for sale.
Anther fabulous roof top bar is Terrasses Des Espices. They do great cocktails and its gorgeous sunset spot with the backdrop of the Atlas mountains.
The Comptoir Darna restaurant is a famous night spot and always buzzing thanks to the belly dancers and great food! The patio is alive and magical with trailing plants and decorative lanterns – a truly memorable evening.
Rustic Display Tray Table White £45.00, Rhiad Blue Lanterns Set of 2 £95.00, Moroccan Ikat Cushion £35.00, Moorish Lanterns – Set of 2 £32.00, Metal Hand Jewellery Stand £29.00, Handmade Concrete Tile – Black and White Star Design £6.80, Recycled Glass Carafe – Green £14.95, Large Set Of 2 Straw Baskets – Gold £39.00, Fabulous Faux Fern Pot Plant £14.00