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Local Living Morocco: Marrakech Villa


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Day 1 Marrakech

Arrive at any time to our centrally located Moroccan riad (villa) in the medina of Marrakech.

Day 2 Marrakech (1B,1D)

Start off with a guided walk around the medina then do as much or as little as you want during your time here. Lounge in the pool to escape the daytime heat or get out and about to explore. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal with some of our local friends tonight or one of the other nights. You can even go along and shopt for the ingredients in the markets if you'd like.

A great place to start exploring is Djemaa el Fna square, the heart of Marrakech, that changes its offerings throughout the day. In the morning you’ll wander past the fresh orange juice stalls, water sellers in colourful costumes with traditional leather water bags and brass cups, and snake charmers reminiscent of an era past.

As the day progresses the snake charmers are replaced by Chleuh dancing boys, storytellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As the sun sets, the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, packed with locals and the entertaining chefs and waiters. Grab a spot on a bench with the other diners and try the Tanjia (slow cooked lamb), Harira soup, grilled seafood, famous Moroccan couscous, tajine, snails or even sheep’s head for the truly adventurous, and wash it all down with some spiced tea.

To really get a taste of everyday life in Marrakech, head into the maze of tiny streets and alleyways of the ancient medina. Tourists and locals alike will find everything they desire in the souks, whether it’s spices, traditional jalabas and slippers, or famous Moroccan lanterns, the selection here is exhaustive. Don’t forget to bargain; it's definitely part of the fun!

For history and architecture buffs, Marrakech is sure to dazzle. The Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youseff Medersa and Almovid Koubba are all easy to get to and well worth a visit.

Once you’ve tired yourself out, relax at one of the tea houses around the square, indulging in the ubiquitous sweet mint tea, watching the hustle and bustle from your shady spot.

Day 3-4 Marrakech (2B)

Explore the fascinating city of Marrakech and surroundings. Embrace the bizarre and try crazy camphor tea, sheep's brains or snail stew. Relax in one of the local hammams (public baths) for a real cultural experience. Go shopping to buy local goods directly from their makers. Explore the many gardens in the city, perhaps renting a bicycle to get from one to another.

If you'd like a true experience of life in the medina, opt to visit an all-female argan oil cooperative in the medina, and later make a trip to a local hammam (traditional bath) for a scrub, rub and massage.

Travel out of the city to visit the famous kasbah of Aït Benhaddou or go hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Taste the flavours of Morocco through the fantastic food; cooking demonstrations and classes are available, and the city of Marrakech has many world-class restaurants. Step out of the medina to see the Nouvelle Ville (new town), wander the art deco quarter, relax in the French-style cafés and patisseries. Finish the day taking in the vibrant nightlife.

Day 5 Marrakech (1B)

Depart at any time.