You’ve booked a flight and now you are wondering, where do you go and what do you see? This can be the hardest decision to make! That's why I decided to share our 6 days itinerary from a few months ago in the city. One week in Marrakech was just perfect, enough days to see everything and visit some villages. Of course, if you don't have one week, I would recommend at least four days to enjoy the city.
Spend a full day exploring the colorful streets of Marrakech. It’s one of the most evocative cities in the world and a complete assault on your senses. Walk around the Souqs and stop for a quick bite at Café Des Epices, I’d recommend you the juices and the vegetarian sandwiches (If you are vegan order it without butter) really tasty! After lunch you can explore the little square and stop in the famous spice shop that you may recognize from instagram. That’s where we bought our spices. Don’t be afraid to get lost in the streets to discover all its secrets. As the sun comes down, Jemaa El Fna comes alive and is a must if you want to try authentic Moroccan food. Be aware that you will find chained monkeys and snakes, I’d recommend you stay away from them, as it’s animal cruelty.
After having breakfast in your riad and lay by the pool you are ready to explore the city. Start your day visiting Palais de la Bahia (Open 9-5pm), beautiful palace with stunning decorations, perfect place for photographers. A few minutes away you will find a vegetarian restaurant called La Famille, it is one of the most famous ones in the city so you may need to queue to get a table and go early, but it is worth it. Although when we went they only had one vegan meal so I could not eat as much as I planned!
Every time I visit Marrakech I love spending some time in La Mamounia and Royal Mansour. They are 5 star hotels and if you cant afford staying there, I really recommend visit them for a couple of hours, as they look like little villages with huge gardens. You may even find celebrities here!
On your third day you could organize a day trip to another city. We booked our trips at our riads, but you will find many offers in every shop.
Essaouira is about a 2-3 hour drive from Marrakech and you’ll be on the Atlantic coast and the quaint fishing harbour of Essaouira. You’ll take a little longer because you’ll stop a few times along the way. I mean, could you really drive past a tree decorated in goats?
These goats dine on the Argan trees growing in this region and it’s remarkable just how agile they are. Keep an eye out for the tortoises crossing the road too! You can also pick up some Argan Oil from some of the road side sellers along the way.
After breakfast, take a taxi to the Jardin Majorelle and make sure you arrive at the time of the opening. It is a beautful place but it gets very busy with tourists.
For lunch you can stop at my favorite restaurant, NOMAD. It is always booked, we usually go the first day and book a table for the days we want to go there. The terrace is beautiful and very well decorated. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Don't forget to try their avocado and date smoothie, it is so refreshing!
We organized two other trips to Ouarzazate and Ourika Valley, you can also spend two days in the desert. We booked them at our riad, they are usually 20-30$ per person. Just make sure they will take you on a 4x4 as the roads are not that good.
On your last day you can visit the palaces and walk around. Some places you can visit are Tumbas saadíes, Badi Palace, Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Ben Youssef Mosque (Make sure it is open before you go, it's under construction for two years), Museum of mouassine Douiria Derb el Hammam or the Marrakech Museum.
If you have read my last post about where to stay in Marrakech, you may know that we were in love with hotel La Sultana. We stopped for lunch and they made us a beautiful vegan meal, it was by far the best one!
For your last stop, near Yamaa el Fna there is a very especial cafe that we loved, it is called Atay Cafe, it has a beautiful terrace where you can see the whole city, if you go after lunch you will have it for yourselves. We ordered the fruit platter and two juices, even a few birds joined us and we shared our fruit with them, it was a magical experience
If you have not booked your hotel/riad yet, check my last blog post Where to stay in Marrakech