“Marrakech taught me colour”
– Y V E S S A I N T L A U R E N T
Snake charmers, wondering monkeys, manic souks, hustle and bustle, scorching heat and hardcore haggling – so they warned.
Everything that would scare a normal person away, made me book a next day trip. So here goes.. It was Sunday 2nd June and I had just landed in 42 degrees, Moroccan heat. My first impressions? Confused.
Confused by the immensity of the sun, the screaming taxi men, and the airport worker trying to transport my luggage with a cheeky tip. But here I was – my first footprint implementing a mark on African soil.
So let’s start with lesson number one: Currency.
The Moroccan Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency, which means that it can only be legally traded within Morocco. It is technically against the law to take dirhams outside of Morocco, so make sure you exchange your last notes prior to flying home.
Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech:
We stayed at an all inclusive resort, 30 minutes away from the city of Marrakech. At first this sounded daunting, but in actual fact, turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise. Iberostar was tucked away in the northern part of Marrakech, within the Atlas Mountains’ terrain.
This made for incredible views and peace and quiet from the craziness of which Marrakech’s city centre was. With a quad biking centre opposite, and camel riding within walking distance – this was most definitely the perfect hotel location.
The resort amenities are out of this world. Within all close proximity, Iberostar had 3 different pool locations, tennis courts, gym, spa, restaurants, shopping – the list goes on.
This was perfect for when you solely needed a chill day.
Jemaa el-Fnaa Square – Marrakech:
However, beyond our all inclusive resort was everything I had been looking forward to and more..
Marrakech is often known for its unique souks and explosion of colour. This for sure exceeded my expectations.
I had also been lucky enough to have visited during the period of Eid, and with this – lanterns lit up the city.
I even ended up haggling a £5 Moroccan dress, to which one of my British followers told me was pyjamas. Oh. I still love it though!
Camel Riding – Atlas Mountains:
My mind has yet to comprehend how amazing riding camels through the Atlas Mountains was. This cost 250 dirhams, which only equates to approximately £20.
This 1 hour trek was then completed with authentic Moroccan mint tea awaiting our arrival at a private Moroccan Riad.
Created by the French Orientalist artist, Jacques Majorelle over almost forty years ago – the botanical gardens of Majorelle is breath taking. I could get lost amongst its grounds all day.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum:
However, if you wonder long enough around Jardin Majorelle, you stumble across this wonder. As fashion obsessed as I am, this trip to Marrakech was all worth it when I toured YSL’s Museum.
I don’t want to ruin the museum experience for those who haven’t been, so I’ll refrain from uploading the contents of inside – However this is most definitely worth a visit, even if you’ve never had an interest in high fashion.
What an insane week this was. My overall Marrakech experience? – Amazing. This trip pleasantly surprised me beyond belief. So much so, I will be returning.
So my advice to you? – GO.
Please put aside anything you’ve heard and yes! experience it for your own eyes.
Ps: My tan lasted me over 6 months. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will!