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Marrakesh is a true feast for the senses. From the colors and textures of the labyrinth-like souks, to the tastes and smells of the Old City square, there is nothing not to be experienced in the Red City. International visitors and bohemian riads make for long afternoons sipping tea and sparking up interesting conversations.
THE ENCHANTING RED CITY
01/ LOVE GETTING LOST
Begin your day at Jamaa el-Fnaa, the city's bustling grand market in the old city or Medina quarter. Pick from a string of citrus stalls for fresh hand-pressed orange juice and gaze upon the snake charmers sitting among other lively residents. Afterwards spend your time attempting to navigate the busy souks, each with their own traditional specialty. For leather footwear explore souk Smata. For fabrics and textiles head to the Souk des Teinturiers and if you’re looking for handmade jewelry the best is certainly souk des Bijoutiers.
02/ JARDIN MAJORELLE
For the fashion and design lover, a trip to Marrakech is not complete without a visit to Jardin Majorelle. The 2.5 acre botanical garden was once home to famed fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who restored it with impeccable taste. Originally created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s, the property features a Cubist villa designed by architect Paul Sinoir in the 1950s which was then used as a personal residence for himself and his wife. The surrounding gardens are equally impressive attracting more than 700,000 visitors annually.
03/ ESSAOUIRA WINE
Take a day trip three hours to the coast and visit Essaouira, a relaxed beachtown where you can enjoy the salty ocean air and explore Moroccan wine. Meander about the colorful seaside town and have lunch at Triskala, a dark and charming traditional Moroccan eatery near the city’s walls. Next head over for an afternoon at Val D'Argan Vineyards, where camels replace tractors. You’ll taste a variety of delicious Rhone-style blends. Stay the evening at the on-site bed and breakfast for a relaxing night before making your way back to Marrakech or onto the hippie surf village of Imsouane the following morning.