The allure of Marrakech has captivated tradesmen, seafarers, and conquerors dating back to pre-historic civilizations; and that combination of cultures gives travelers like you and me today’s Marrakech. A favorite romantic destination for the adventurous couple, Marrakech is creative and heart stomping at the same time. A trip just on its main square will give you a sense of what to expect during your trip. Here are some of the best Marrakech experiences to have worthy of any bucket list.
Best Marrakech Experiences in Morocco
Exploring Jemaa El-Fna
Spending an afternoon in the city’s main market square Jemma El-Fna has to top your list of best Marrakech experiences to have. It’s bustling with tattoo artists, food vendors, and craftsmen and women selling some of their own products to locals and tourists alike. While exploring, grab a cup of fresh orange juice and try the local delicacy, sheep’s head. At night, the square becomes even more spectacular. The scents of grilled meat emanate from the square; and the sounds of traditional West African music can be heard from miles away.
Consider exploring Jemaa El-Fna with a friend or a local, especially if it’s your first time there. The concentration of activity might overwhelm you; and because the square is one of the top tourist attractions in the city, some vendors willingly take advantage.
Escape at Jardin Majorelle
After the hustle and bustle of Jemaa El-Fna, you might want to escape at Jardin Majorelle. This botanical garden contains delightful fountains, structures painted with vibrant colors, and over 300 species of plants and exotic flowers. Donated to the city by the French painter, Jacques Majorelle, it serves as a peaceful retreat for travelers who want to break away from the flurry of activities in the city.
In addition to the garden, there is also a Berber museum that holds a collection of artifacts tied to Berber culture. Various headwear and costumes; pieces of stunning jewelry and pottery are just several of the items you can view on display.
Jardin Majorelle is open year-round and admission to both the garden and museum start at 50 Moroccan dirhams (~5.50 USD or 4.50 Euros).
Sample Local Cuisine
A taste of local cuisine is a must anywhere you travel. In Marrakech, that includes the tagine. A tagine is not a specific dish per se. It’s actually the type of cookware Moroccans use to slow cook a variety of meals, from meats to veggies. If you want to expand on your best Marrakech experiences to have, consider taking a cooking class as well or join a food tour with the renowned Marrakech Food Tours. Immerse yourself in the aromatic scents of various Moroccan spices and taste the eclectic flavors that will make any foodie within, salivate.
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