Marrakech (population: 928,000) is one city where you lose complete track of time. It is one of those cities that transforms you into an accomplished traveler. After all, sipping tea with locals in a traditional marketplace, enjoying sunset cocktails in an 18th century architectural wonder, learning new dance moves at the city square and exploring traditional hammams is sure to leave you with a tale or two for those parties and drinking weekends back home.
City of Fleeting Moments
Start your adventure at the Jemaa el Fna, a marketplace where most of the action takes place. Head north into those souqs to get a feel of the place where ancient tribes once sold leather, slaves and ivory. These souks are perfect for purchasing carpets at great bargains. A number of galleries and boutiques can also be found in the area. Once you’re done exploring the souqs, visit the medina to explore beautiful palaces which rank among the most atmospheric accommodations in the city. Palmeraie mountain biking and horse riding in the Agafay Desert is also popular. A trip to the Saadian Tombs and the Marrakech Museum is also a must.
Getting Around Marrakech
Caleches, horse-drawn carriages, are one of the most delightful ways of getting around Marrakech. A less attractive but faster option is those creame-beige taxis.