Marrakech in 2 days
The Red Town, the Pearl of the South... this city has many names, all of which describe it well. But to really feel it, you have to visit our Marrakech hotel. There is a medieval air about its medina. Its alleyways form labyrinths where losing oneself is a pleasure.
The smells and sounds of the souks, the delicate beauty of its mosques, the unique spectacle of Djemaa el Fna square and the vitality of the people will transport you to another era. Added to all the charm of Marrakech are excellent golf courses and interesting excursions on which you can discover Berber lands and adobe villages.
A great way to start the morning on your first day in Marrakech is to head for the busy Fnaa Square, located in the heart of the city. This is a fine spot to enjoy all the colors of the local culture, food & drink and art. This is also the moment to see the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque, situated nearby. A recommended stop is one of the tea shop terraces with views of the Fnaa Square, where you can order a tea or an orange juice and watch the people coming and going. Once you have seen this part of town, enter the maze of souks by the square where there are countless little artisan’s workshops and stores selling clothes, foodstuffs, jewelry and all kinds of traditional Moroccan products. If you are looking for a good price for souvenirs or gifts, remember to haggle; always offer the seller a lower price than they start with.
After the souks, a must is a visit to the Ben Youssef Madrassa, a theological school founded in the 14th century, with its fascinating architecture. The courtyard and the interior are richly decorated and well worth a look. Nearby is the Marrakech Museum, which displays traditional Moroccan objects and artworks. To finish your day in style, enjoy a relaxing visit to a traditional hamam at one of RIU’s Marrakech hotels for a very soothing experience.
To make the most of your second day in and around Marrakech, we recommend starting at the Saadian tombs. A visit to this part of the city will also let you see the Badi Palace. This is a ruined structure, but enough remains to tell us the reason for its name: “The Incomparable”.
Continuing our route, the next stop is the Bahia Palace and its 8 hectare garden, a magnificent complex of 150 rooms, raised for the Grand Vizier of Marrakech. This place provides excellent shelter from the heat and is a beautiful place to enjoy some restful moments. Nearby are the Menara Garden, with its fish pond, and the Majorelle Gardens and Islamic Art Museum.
After resting and trying some of the varied Moroccan cuisine available at the RIU hotels in Marrakech, we propose a trip by horse and carriage around the walls to see the city’s 10 gates. If you take the trip at sunset, this is an ideal time to enjoy the evening light as it falls on the adobe red of some of the gates’ brick walls. How better to end the day than with a traditional dance performance in the authentic atmosphere of your hotel, just relaxing.