Day 1 – 5 | Marrakech – the Red City
ACCOMMODATION IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
The Travel Guides stumbled their way through the chaos of Marrakech traffic to find their accommodation: Riad Africa.
Riads are traditional Moroccan mansions once owned by wealthy merchants, and their design is built around a gorgeous, ornate, Andalusian-style courtyard.
The Travel Guides were greeted with a mint tea – the national drink of Morocco, overlooking the city.
How much does it cost to stay per night in Riad Africa, Marrakech?
Riad Africa takes bookings in Pound Sterling (Great British Pounds – GBP).
Morocco Budget Travel: £65 GBP (around $127AUD) is the cheapest room in Riad Africa. Budget travellers might opt to stay in hostels instead, but we’d recommend staying in a riad at least once while you’re in Morocco!
Morocco Mid-Range Travel: £81 – £98 GBP (around $158- $192AUD)
Morocco Luxury Travel: £130 for a luxe room – £405 GBP for a private riad (around$254-$791AUD)
MARRAKECH PRO TIP: The porters run away with your luggage in a wheelbarrow-looking trolley, but it arrives in your hotel room. As the Snobs put it “If you can’t trust the system, you shouldn’t be in Marrakech” … although you might feel as panicked as the Frens did!
ACTIVITIES IN MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Explore the Medina
Cost? However much Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) you spend in the markets!
The Medina is the ancient walled part of Marrakech city; a thousand-year-old maze of markets, mosques, and alleyways.
Jemaa El Fna is the main square in Marrakech, which was built 1000 years ago for public executions! Now, it’s the main hub for market sellers, fruit stalls, and performances… including Snake Charmers!
The Travel Guides got up close and personal with venomous cobras, which was full of excitement.
They also visited Souk Semmarine – the Medina’s largest market – which has some amazing entertainment (like the Boys dancing with the locals!) at night.
Make sure to have Moroccan Dirhams or your Currency Pass on hand, and brush up on your bartering skills!
Take a Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class
Cost? £65 GBP($90AUD) for two adults.
The Travel Guides also indulged in both making and feasting on traditional Moroccan cuisine, concocting a Moroccan Tajine (is a slow-cooked stew with spices, braised at low temperatures, in traditional ceramic cookware) at the Marrakesh Cooking Course held at Riad Africa.
In this Moroccan cuisine course, you’ll also learn how to make the famous Moroccan Couscous, and visit the markets to source all the ingredients.
Caution: Moroccan food can be spicy, as the Fren Family discovered!
Watch Moroccan Belly Dancing
Cost? ($33-S98+ AUD)
The Travel Guides also learned some traditional Moroccan Belly Dancing at Narwarma Palace Restaurant Lounge!
This dance used to be performed for the Moroccan Royal Family, but these days you’ll see it at weddings, birthdays, family celebrations, and also the cultural dining experience at Narwarma Palace – where you’ll be treated to a three-course Moroccan feast while authentic belly dancers twirl to live music.
Take your Currency Pass with you to pay, or have some Moroccan Dirham (MAD) on hand.
As for learning to dance, that was unique to the Travel Guides but have a look around, or ask around, for a Moroccan belly dance learning experience!
DAY TRIPS FROM MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Ride a camel through the Agafay Desert
Cost? 200MAD ($30AUD) for 1 hour or 400MAD ($60AUD) for 2hrs with Nkhila Lodge Agafey Camel Ride.
The Agafay Desert is a 45 minute drive outside of Marrakech city, and is definitely something you can’t miss while in Morocco.
Here, like the Travel Guides, you can ride a camel through the desert!
Camels have been used as the main mode of transport through deserts in North Africa for 3000 years, and it’s a surprisingly soothing experience!
The Snobs and the Husbands couldn’t rave about their camel experience enough.
Go Quad Biking through Agafay Desert
Cost? €90 EUR ($150AUD) per person for 1 ½ Day or €170 EUR ($292 AUD) for a Full Day with Dunes and Desert Quad Bike Adventure.
If you’re looking for adventure travel in Morocco, you can’t beat quadbiking through the red desert landscapes against a mountain backdrop.
This is for adrenaline junkies as the machines fly over sandy dunes and through old abandoned towns.
As the Outback Siblings found out, “Yalla!” means “Send it!” in Arabic - and you’ll be saying that a lot!