Wish You Were Here: Marrakech

With Christmas and New Year’s festivities behind us, if you are finally face to face with the stark truth that we are in bleak midwinter and you’re in need of some much needed winter sun, Marrakech tops our list of winter sun destinations. Let’s take a stroll around Marrakesh and discover what the city has on.


There is a whole lot to discover in Marrakech which boasts a vast selection of markets, museums, history, mosques, food and culture so really it all depends on how many more holiday days you can waggle out of your boss or feign an illness, the winter sun will undoubtedly be the best cure!


Start off your holiday by doing the typically touristy stuff: Visit the Kasbah Mosque, a beautiful landmark in the city. Remember to remove your shoes before entering (if you do get to enter, non-Muslims are unfortunately not permitted entry) as it is an important Islamic tradition that preserves the sanctity of the mosque – you don’t want to be stepping on any ones toes, right? If you don’t get to make it in, just enjoy the structure which is without a doubt gorgeous. If you’re still looking into soaking in some very traditional/religious vibes then visit the Jewish neighbourhood of Marrakech where you’ll find the Lezama Synagogue, another important historical site. There are also eating and shopping opportunities in this area so for a short break in between your touristy stuff you can relax a little.


Looking for the infamous Marrakech markets? Then you absolutely must go to the Jemaa el Fna, an outdoor market in the city centre. It’s a commercial area with a maze like network of souks. The souks are alleyway upon alleyway in tiny little retail cubicles offering a wide selection of buys. The further in you venture the more interesting they become, with every section having its own speciality; carpets and textiles, woollen hats and cooked snails, spices and magic supplies, kaftans and blankets – you mention it they have it! So make sure you come ready to haggle and I’m pretty sure you’ll leave with a gem or two.


If you need something to clear your head after all that hustle and bustle, then check out the Bahia Palace, an extravagant 19th century architectural monument. It’s beautiful and quiet – a great place to get some piece of mind, meditate or read a book without any distractions. Or why not check out the Museum of Moroccan Arts (Dar Si Said) to soak in some more beauty, history and contemporary Moroccan art. I mean the building itself is full of intricate Byzantine designs and colours – a total must see.


Tired out but all the shopping, sightseeing and engrossing yourself into Moroccan everyday life? Then check yourself into luxury hotel The Pearl Marrakech, located in the heart of the vibrant and magical city, The Pearl Marrakech exudes the mystery and exoticism of another world.


With an intimate atmosphere, modern edge and a selection amazing rooms you’re likely to never want to leave. They have a stunning spa with subterranean mosaic pool, beauty salon and a fitness centre. Want to know more about your room? Well it depends which you check into from the selection fo suites and guestrooms they have which all offer plush beds, gorgeous modern-traditional décor keeping the ambience the use ‘ambient lighting’ that keeps the whole Moroccan theme run throughout the hotel. We can’t forget to mention their restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli, offers a creative approach to classic Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The dramatic roof top setting features Namazake, offering an inspired menu of exquisite Japanese delights and Sky Lounge, where guests can also admire the spectacular 360° degree views of the nearby Red City, the Medina, the Agdal Gardens, Imperial ramparts and the Atlas Mountains. #wishyouwerehere


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Wish You Were Here: Marrakech