Marrakech – the red city of North Africa. The Pearl of the South has much to offer: the proximity to the High Atlas, the highest mountain range in Morocco, the proximity to the sea, the historic old town of “Medina” with its swanking souk, the dreamy riads and countless botanical gardens – all this is what Marrakech does has been a popular destination for years.
Whoever has never been to Morocco, that is to say, it is an immersion in a completely different culture that takes you completely from the first moment and (almost) never lets go. Therefore, it is not surprising that this is already my third visit to this beautiful city – and every time I am enchanted again.
Arrival in Marrakech. We walk straight into the waiting arms of our driver, who unloads us at the gates of the medina after a 15-minute drive, where Soufiane picks us up and brings us to our riad “Dar Rbaa Laroub” by Jean Noel. (PS) For the first registration with AirBnb you can get here a credit of 25 Euro.)
Granted, I’ve spent a lot of time in the search for a special riad and pulled out of all the hip riads the most charming.
A calm of the oasis with lush plant hangings (everyone in my hometown Vienna would be jealous) and typical sweet mint tea with cake welcomes us.
Jean, the French owner, tells us that he bought this old riad more than 30 years ago to turn it into a small poetic oriental treasure chest.
And so we walk the first hours left through this huge medina labyrinth with its strange smells, countless small shops and traders. At every turn you will be asked if you want to buy something, smiling, we wave with thanks and then buy something.
Shopping in Marrakech – action desired!
At least half of the price offered can be expected – exceptions are in honey, Amlou (typical Moroccan spread of almonds, argan oil and honey) and argan oil.
A short break from the hustle and bustle, there are small hidden but well-known rooftop terraces and restaurants such as La Famille, Jan and Max, Cafe des Épices or the Earth Cafe Marrakesh. In Morocco it is generally cheap and good to eat.
Unfortunately, it happens again and again that you can be unlucky and get a small food poisoning. Therefore always keep your eyes open and – if possible – find out in advance, where to eat well.
After our little break, we go again to throw ourselves into the hustle and bustle of this beautiful city. Marrakech is great for shopping – the city is known for its craftsmanship. You should not miss the studio LRCNE in the industrial district of Marrakech, where there are wonderful ceramics. (Taxi or car to reach)
Whether carpets, ceramics, wood and carvings, jewelry, felts, shoes, fabrics and clothing, lamps, musical instruments, calligraphy, spices, food, oils, scented stones – there is something for everyone. The nice thing is that you can often look directly over the dealer’s shoulders.
Slowly, this day comes to an end and we have found a cozy roof terrace for our dinner. The sun is setting and the Atlas Mountains behind us are shining in a beautiful red. At the same time the calls of the Muezzine are heard from all over the city. You notice Marrakech relax a little and everyone lingers briefly in his own silence to listen.