Best things to do in Marrakesh and sightseeing in Marrakesh
Place Jemaa El Fna - Marrakesh
After breakfast in the riad, you will enjoy a morning guided tour of Marrakech "the Red City of Morocco”. Your guide will ensure that you see all the sites with historical and cultural interest, including the Koutoubia Menaret; the Saadian tombs; the beautiful Palace of Bahia and the Ben Youssef Coranic School. Finally, end the morning by walking through the medina alleys -getting a chance to admire all of the different artisans performing their crafts before arriving at the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. Lunch at a restaurant near the square, and then in the afternoon visit the gardens at Majorelle, and have a short tour at Gueliz -the new city of Marrakech. After dinner you will have the option to walk through the square entertained by magicians, story-tellers, tooth-pullers and food sellers. Overnight accommodation will be in your riad as above.
My plan was to run a marathon in Marrakech. So, on my first day I decided to spend most of the afternoon touring Marrakech and then get to bed early to get a good nights sleep for the race. After doing some research I decided, against my will, to hire a guide. We walked around the main square, Jemaa el Fna, which is the lively heart of Marrakech and borders on sensory overload. Everything from spice vendors to street entertainers to snake charmers, you name it, it can probably be found in Jemaa el Fna. After dark, the square becomes what they call a “rolling restaurant”. Food vendors from all over the city set up stalls complete with seating for customers. Waiters even stand outside and hand out menus. Coming to the Marathon, I have to say this was definitely the toughest marathon I’ve ever done. I hit a wall in the first half itself, but with a little motivation from a young girl, I was somehow able to finish it! What a day!
Riad Joya - Marrakesh
A trip to the splendid city of Marrakech calls for a stay at the fabulous Riad Joya. Traditionally Riad is a Moroccan home, yet in recent times has been known for the lavish boutique hotels sprouting in this desert retreat. As simple and plain as the exteriors may look, the interiors are more ornate than you can imagine. For the magic unfolds in the beautiful tiles, the grandiose mosaics, and the picturesque romance of the fountains along with the plush fall of the fabrics! And every part of it, be it the Courtyard, the Dar Arabe luxury suite, the Tuareg suite, the Naos suite, the Domus suite or even the Hammam and spa, speak aloud of the reeking opulence of the Riad Joya. A true retreat of tranquil peace, this boutique hotel is ideal for a dreamy Arabian night after exhausting yourself exploring the chaotic Medina.
Hammam - Marrakesh
The Moroccan experience is incomplete without the experience of hammam, a public steam bath system. A weekly routine for the locals, its know-how left me with mixed feelings. But after a few minutes, the entire atmosphere eases out on you. And I can vouch for one thing... It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, where you cleanse yourself, your mind, and your body. And as odd as it may sound to many, I became more comfortable and acceptable about myself, while I developed a new kinship with other women around the hammams.