When one thinks of Marrakech, images of snake charmers, henna tattoo artists at Jama Elfna Square, the iconic Majorelle Garden, and majestic Riads come to mind. But Marrakech has hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Dive into this 3-day guide to experience the Ochre city like never before.
Day 1: Dive into Marrakech’s Heart
10:00 am: Discovering the Ochre City
Welcome to Marrakech! Once you’ve cleared customs and collected your luggage, a short taxi ride (for around 70MAD) takes you to the city’s heart. Depending on the season, choose between a cozy Riad or a hotel with a refreshing pool.
1:00 pm: Lunch at Amal
Experience authentic couscous at Amal in Gueliz. This non-profit not only serves mouth-watering dishes but also empowers struggling women by training them in hospitality.
Picture sourced from: https://www.amalnonprofit.org
3:00 pm: Meander through Gueliz
Gueliz, reminiscent of France, offers architectural marvels and artistic treasures. Don’t miss Gallery 127, CM Galerie, and the historical La Librairie Chatr.
Indulge in some retail therapy:
- Yahyah: Stunning handcrafted lamps.
- The Orientalist: Exquisite Moroccan antiques.
- Kaftan Queen: Modern meets tradition.
- Some – Slow Concept Store: Unique handpicked items.
5:00 pm: Cool Off with Local Ice Creams
Tantalize your taste buds with unique ice cream flavors at Pinocchio in Sidi Abbad or the renowned Oriental Legend.
7:00 pm: Aperitif at Le Churchill Bar
Head to the legendary La Mamounia and savor a cocktail at Le Churchill Bar, named after its famous visitor.
8:30 pm: Dine at La Trattoria
Relish Italian delicacies in this historic restaurant in Gueliz, once a hotspot for the bohemian jet set.
11:00 pm: Dance the Night at Factory’s Club
With three levels of entertainment, it’s Gueliz’s prime spot to groove the night away.
Day 2: Delve Deeper into Marrakech’s Charms
10:00 am: Start Fresh at La Crêperie Cuisine
Relish a sumptuous breakfast with options like pancakes, crêpes, and freshly squeezed juices.
11:00 am: Serene Walks in Local Gardens
Explore the green spaces of Marrakech like Jnane Harti Garden and the mesmerizing art garden.
1:00 pm: Lunch at Grand Café de la Poste
Experience a fusion of Moroccan and French cuisines in this iconic café-restaurant.
3:00 pm: Venture into the Medina
For a genuine Marrakech experience, visit Bab Khemiss, a bustling market teeming with unique finds.
5:00 pm: France’s Footprints at Dar Moulay Ali
Visit this 19th-century residence to uncover a rich tapestry of history.
7:00 pm: Chill on a Rooftop at Riad Camilia
Sip champagne as you marvel at the Atlas Mountains.
8:30 pm: Gourmet Experience at Latitude 31
A haven for Moroccan gastronomy lovers, this place offers a fusion of flavors.
11:00 pm: Vibrant Nights at Jad Mahal Palace
Witness spellbinding performances and groove to rhythmic tunes.
Day 3: Marrakech Adventures
10:00 am: Sidecar Adventures with Marrakech Insiders
Experience the Agafay desert’s raw beauty, historical spots, and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch.
4:00 pm: Traditional Hammam Experience
Wind down with a soothing session at a traditional local hammam.
Marrakech Insider Tip:
Always keep an eye out for the unexpected; Marrakech is full of surprises waiting around every corner.