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Dieser Post wird nur in Englisch verfügbar sein die liebe Elena Engels hat ihren Post über unseren Trip nach Marrakesch in Deutsch verfasst. Diesen könnt ihr hier finden. Meine liebe Verena Ahmann, die mich netterweise geschminkt hat für die Bilder, hab ebenfalls ihren Post bereits in Deutsch auf ihrem Blog veröffentlicht. Viel Spaß beim Lesen und ich freue mich über eure Kommentare.
السلام and welcome to Marrakech – maybe one of the most photogenic places I have ever been.
Marrakech has become very popular within photographers and bloggers during the last three years and I totally understand why. So here is finally my blogpost about Marrakech, with lots of pictures by Elena Engels and travel hacks from my side.
So starting from the beginning I would recommend to travel to Marrakech in spring and fall time. Summer can be very hot. The perfect time is somewhat between April and June and September to October. However it might also be interesting to be there for New Years Eve (there are lots of great deals during that time).
We booked our flights with Ryanair (yes its not very comfy and you have to pay for luggages, but the deals are very good and I rather spend more money on food and activities than for a better flight when its only four hours anyway). Photographers keep in mind that drones are not allowed in Marrakech. They will confiscate them once you enter immigration and you will get them back when you leave again, so either you are very good in smuggling in your drone or you better just leave it at home (I know its sad).
Hotel selection – you can book a resort (which is usually more expensive and very european) or you can stay in one of the many smaller and beautiful Riads in Marrakech. If you want to experience the Moroccan flair and tradition I would advise you to book a Riad. You can book them directly or via booking.com or airbnb. There is a huge selection of gorgeous places to stay. We decided to stay at Riad Chams, a smaller one, but including breakfast and we really liked its look. There are Riads for every budget and the daily rates vary from 20-250€ for two persons per including breakfast. I actually fell in love with Riad BE when we took some pictures there on our last day. It is such a beautiful and relaxed place, which I definitely will visit again.
I would advise you to book a Riad nearby the Souks, because you can do a lot by walking. Taxis are also very cheap but walking through the narrow streets in Marrakech is very exciting and you can always discover something new around every corner and dive into the vibrant impressions of this lively place. I am not a fan of the way they treat animals, so maybe you don’t want to take a ride in their horse-drawn carriages.
Food – there is lots of street food and lots of smaller restaurants that offer the typical Moroccan cuisine – Tajine (you can get it in vegetarian and meat options and it is very tasty). Fruits are sold almost everywhere and very cheap and also the Moroccan bread and peppermint tea is what you should try. Places I would recommend for eating out are Café Kessabine and Cafe D’espices because these are located in between the Souks at the place Djemaa El Fna and you can watch the beautiful sunset from their terraces and have some food.
There are lost of things to do in Marrakech itself – you can have strolls through the Souks and find amazing rugs, leather products, pottery and ceramics and souvenirs. Don’t forget to bargain with the sellers, that is Moroccan tradition and most of the times fun (start very low and know your limit and then hopefully you will end exactly there. When they start running after you then you know that is the right price.). You can visit the Jardin Majorelle by Yves Saint Lauren and the just recently opened YSL Musee, which is so beautiful. The Jardin Secret is also very nice but smaller and not as packed as Jardin Majorelle and Palace Bahia is also worth a visit with regard to architecture. If you want to take some Instagram pictures and want to see some very beautiful resorts you have to check out the Royal Mansour, La Mamounia Marrakech and Es Saadi Marrakech. These places are so beautiful and just have a tea or drink there and enjoy the goodlife.
If you feel like you want to do a day tour there are some options. You can visit Essouria (a beach place about 2,5 hrs from Marrakech) or drive into the Atlas Mountains. The first time I was in Marrakech we decided to do a day tour to Ait Ben Haddou. It looks like a sand castle in the desert but is actually a Kasbah and has been the setting for lots of movies (Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Prince of Persia just to name a few). It was worth it but the ride is 6 hours and lots of curvy roads (pack some motion sickness pills just in case). The scenery in the Atlas Mountains is beautiful and it may even still snow there in February and March.
This time we decided to rend a car and drive into the Agafay Desert (around 40 min from Marrakech) and visit one of the camps there to take wedding and fashion pictures. There are different camps you can visit and where you can also do some glamping (I will write another blogpost about gambing in Marrakech) and we were able to arrange our trip with La Pause Marrakech. La Pause is a beautiful camp with some tents and even a pool just in the middle of the stone Agafay Desert. If you scroll down you will see the most beautiful pictures we took there. You can have lunch and dinner there in one of their tents, stay the night or do a camel safari or for the boys a quad safari. And if you just want to relax hang by the pool and enjoy the calmness of the place. Once it is dark you can see almost all stars and it is truly magical.
Marrakech is a beautiful and vibrant place, you can get lost there… It may be very hectic and loud but there is always something beautiful to discover. A stay of 5 days is perfect to visit some places and relax. Four hours flight from Europe are perfect I would say. The Moroccan people are very nice and if you speak a bit French that is a plus. If you take a taxi talk about the price before you drive and for rides around 10 min you should not pay more than 80 Dirham. For rides to the airport max. should be 150 Dirham (better 100). Food prices vary between 40-200 Dirham for a dish depending where you eat (in a fancy place it will be 200 in one restaurant in the souks between 50-150).
I will write another blogpost about Glamping in Marrakech and a Wedding Guide, which will include some wedding locations of Marrakech, too.
If you have any questions, feel free to write me a message or comment and I hope that your next stay in Marrakech will be as magical as ours. Now enjoy the beautiful pictures we took there and find more pictures in the next weeks on my blog. A video will also follow soon.