Marrakech is one of those places that immediately captures your imagination! With its abundance of colours, beautiful architecture and Instagram-worthy corners at almost every step, it’s a traveller’s dream!
I have been dying to visit this city for ages and finally planned a trip earlier this month, the perfect way to escape the current sub-zero temperatures here in London and to celebrate my birthday!
We arrived around noon, welcomed by warm sunshine and an overpriced taxi ride from the airport to our hotel. And by hotel, I mean riad, a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard.
We spent our first two nights at Riad Adore, located in the heart of the Medina, extremely close to the souks and cafes. We were dropped off at the entrance of the Medina and nervously followed a young boy through a maze of winding back streets to our riad. Don’t be put off by this though because beyond the slightly off-putting initial journey, is a calm and peaceful oasis.
The design and detail of the riads is incredible and picture perfect in every way! Riad Adore has ten unique bedrooms, a courtyard, a reading area and a terrace overlooking the Medina. They also have a spa and all services are personalised according to your request.
After settling in our riad, we were off to discover the Medina!
If you love markets, this is the place to be! Rugs and cushions and ceramics and lanterns and leather goods and the list just goes on. I didn’t know where to look first, what to choose or even what I really wanted to bring back home with me. I simply wanted it all!
To top it off, every shopkeeper is trying to persuade you to come into their shop or go down this street or come see this artefact. It’s an out of this world experience.
The Medina is an overwhelming maze of streets and backstreets of never-ending goods, one wrong turn and you’ll find yourself walking around in circles (which we did several times)! I’d recommend a map and really good sense of direction!
The main square boasts a number of rooftop cafes which is a great place to stop and watch this insane city go by.
We decided to rest our feet at the Nomad Cafe for a quick bite and a long drink, whilst enjoying the sunset.
My first day in Marrakech left me incredibly excited to explore as much as possible. I very quickly decided that I could spend days visiting the Medina, I feel like there’s always something new to see!
More Marrakech adventures in my next post.
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