Our stay in Marrakesh was nothing short of incredible and eye-opening. Sure there was an initial out of my comfort zone type culture shock (which I had kinda anticipated) but that soon faded as we explored the Medina. With its maze of narrow, colourful streets (often unmarked, which is part of the charm) buzzing with donkeys, motorbikes and cute felines. Not to mention some of the most warm, happy people going about their days that you will ever meet.
It goes without saying that if one wants to experience such a shift in culture and way of life you need to be prepared to do the research. There is so much to be experienced outside of a luxury hotel/resort context that warrants an open mind and respect. For me that’s what travelling is all about - learning about new things and experiencing different ways of life. Needless to say Morocco is definitely in my system and I would love to go back and explore more of this gorgeous country.
When to Travel:
As the temperature really soars in summer I recommend visiting during spring (September – April). We visited in late March and the temperatures were quite comfortably warm in the range of 25-30 degrees Celsius (late 70s – late 80s Fahrenheit) each day.
Where to Stay:
I cannot recommend setting up camp in the Medina (old town) enough. We stayed in a Riad, (think part small boutique hotel, part B&B), which included a delicious Moroccon breakfast each morning and an amazing view of the Medina via the cute rooftop. After having our first AirBNB fall through we could not have been happier with our time spent there, with the incredibly helpful and kind Soufiane as our guide. Organising taxis and day trips (at great rates) was a breeze with Soufiane's help. He really is a champ and the other people that work and live in the Riad were also very friendly and helpful.