Friday, 28 December 2012

Travel Destinations: Marrakech

Today's destination is Marrakech, one of the largest cities in Morocco.
It's a relatively cheap place to go and lovely and hot! When I went in October (last year) it was still a sweltering 31 C! Lots of UK airports fly there and the flights can be quite reasonable. The currency is Moroccan Dirham and last time I went, it was about £1 = 11 Dirham.

It is really pretty there, the best place to stay (my opinion) is the Medina (the walled 'old' town), in a traditional Riad,they are beautifully decorated. There are different areas, called by their nearest 'gate' or opening into the Medina. I've stayed near both 'Bab Doukkalla' and the Royal Kasbah 'gates'. The picture above is a view from my Riad's rooftop over the Royal Kasbah. And below is inside it's central courtyard.
One of the must visit places if you're staying in Marrakesh is Jemaa el Fna square. In the daytime it's open and there's a few market stalls before you get to the edge where the souks like. The souks are amazing, you can buy so many wonderful things-but don't forget to haggle :)
But at night, Jemaa el Fna comes alive, long stalls and food markets pop up out of nowhere, street performers, snake charmers..monkeys! The picture below was taken just as everything was being set up and the huge crowds of people were gathering. and in the background I think you can just about see the Atlas mountains.
And finally, many hotels and hostels etc. offer excursions to places such as Essaouria, Casa Blanca or Agadir- oh and the Atlas mountains where you can buy real Berber wares or Argan oil or even to the Sahara desert for camel rides etc. There's still quite a lot to do in Marrakesh- there's the Yves St Laurent gardens (pictured below) which are so beautiful, there's a ridiculous amount of Golf courses, and spas or Hamman baths and then there's shopping in the new area of the city.
Hope you all had a lovely New years Eve!
Thanks for reading, have any of you been to Morocco/ Marrakech? Or are you planning on going?


I'll be having a little holiday away from this blog for the next week as it's my Birthday today (YAY)- This is a scheduled post, aren't I organized! :)
And then New years Eve party times and then I have a crazy amount of work that I've left till the last minute to complete for uni :(
See y'all in a week, Happy New year for Monday/Tuesday!!


34 comments :

  1. I've always wanted to go to marrakech, it looks a lovely place and would luv to check out those huge markets!
    Enjoy your birthday celebrations and hope u have a happy new year too! Jenni x

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    1. Thank you, Hope you had a Lovely New Year too!
      Marrakech was beautiful and the markets are amazing, I always ended up spending far too much and stuffing my suitcase full!
      Daniella x

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  2. Happy Birthday! Marrakech seems a fun place to visit. Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you had a Lovely New year! Marrakech is a great place to go, would really recommend it :)
      Daniella x

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  3. I've always wanted to go to Morocco, it's got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth! Great post! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is really beautiful there, I've been to Marrakech and Agadir on the coast and they're both lovely!
      Daniella x

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  4. Thats really nice, i havenot been there but i wanted to morocco.

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    1. Morocco is beautiful, hope you get to see it one day :)
      Daniella x

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  5. Wow it looks so beautiful! Happy Belated Birthday btw, hope you had a great time! :) xx

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you! Hope you had a lovely New Years!
      Morocco is lovely, hope I get to go back some time :)
      Daniella x

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  6. It looks amazing! hope you have a great time!

    http://teendreamer100.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Wow it looks so so so amazing *_* i love this place <3
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is really beautiful out there!
      Daniella x

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  8. I'd love to go to Marrakech! Hopefully I will get to go some time this year, I can't wait to stock up on gorgeous rings and goodies from the market stalls <3 I hope you have an amazing birthday and new year! :)

    Ellen xx

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    1. Thank you- Hope you had a Lovely New Years!
      Marrakech is beautiful! Hope you get to go this year :) I always bought way too much when I was out there from the markets
      Daniella x

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  9. Those pictures are gorgeous! I nominated you for the Liebster award here on my blog!

    http://conceptofbudd.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you :) And thanks I'll check it out
      Daniella x

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  10. I've always wanted to visit Morocco, maybe one day.... Here in Melbourne, Australia we will have 38C today...so hot....

    I have an international giveaway on my blog, hope you will enter;
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    1. Morocco is really lovely, hope you get to go one day :)
      Ah 38C sounds lovely, would trade in soggy cold England for that any day!
      Daniella x

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  11. Great Post!


    Lovely images, I'm looking forward to all your new posts for 2013 :)

    Have a great weekend :) !

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    Jen

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    1. Thank you! Hope you have a lovely weekend too!
      Daniella x

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  12. It looks amazing. I've never thought about going before reallyyy but looks so good may have to add it to the list aha x

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    1. Haha, it is really lovely there, hope it made it onto your list :)
      Daniella x

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  13. It looks gorgeous, I've always wanted to go there! Happy belated birthday by the way xxx

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    1. Thank you. It is so pretty. I want to go back especially now the UK is turning siberian again
      Daniella x

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  14. Morocco looks so amazing, I'd love to go there one day :)
    hope you had an amazing birthday and new year :) xx

    armariodedanielle.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, hope you had a lovely new year too. Hope you get to go there one day :)
      Daniella x

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  15. Your photos are beautiful! I also stayed in a riad in the medina, it was lovely.

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  16. I am dying to go to Morocco! Love this post x

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