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How to spend 24 hours in Marrakech

Welcome to Marrakech: A Day in the Red City

As a travel writer, I have had the opportunity to visit many beautiful and culturally rich destinations. But there is one place that has captured my heart like no other – Marrakech, the Red City of Morocco. From the vibrant colors and bustling markets to the delicious food and welcoming people, Marrakech has something for everyone. And if you only have 24 hours in this magical city, here’s how I recommend you spend it.

Morning: Exploring the Medina

Start your day by immersing yourself in the heart of Marrakech – the Medina. This ancient walled city is a maze of narrow streets, filled with traditional souks (markets), stunning architecture, and a lively atmosphere. Take a stroll through the winding alleys and let your senses be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells.

Be sure to visit the iconic Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where you can witness snake charmers, street performers, and traditional food stalls. Don’t be afraid to haggle at the souks, as it is part of the local culture. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try a cup of sweet and minty Moroccan tea – a must-try for any visitor.

Afternoon: Indulge in Moroccan Cuisine

After working up an appetite, head to one of the many traditional Moroccan restaurants in the Medina. I highly recommend trying a tagine – a slow-cooked stew of meat and vegetables, served in a clay pot with couscous. Trust me, it’s a flavor explosion in your mouth.

If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle, visit the beautiful Majorelle Garden. This tranquil oasis in the middle of the city is the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning blue and yellow surroundings. You can also visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, located within the garden, to learn about the fashion designer’s love for Marrakech.

Evening: Sunset at the Koutoubia Mosque

No trip to Marrakech is complete without watching the sunset at the Koutoubia Mosque. This 12th-century mosque is the largest in the city and its minaret is one of the most iconic landmarks. As the sun sets, the mosque is beautifully illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere. You can also hear the call to prayer, a reminder of the strong religious culture in Morocco.

Afterward, head to the rooftop of a nearby restaurant for dinner with a view. Many restaurants offer rooftop seating, allowing you to enjoy the stunning views of the city while dining on delicious Moroccan cuisine. End your evening with a stroll through the Medina, where you can see the city come alive at night with colorful lights and bustling crowds.

Night: Experience Moroccan Hospitality

One of the best things about Marrakech is the hospitality of its people. And there is no better way to experience this than by staying in a riad – a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard. Many riads have been converted into cozy guesthouses, offering a more intimate and authentic experience than a hotel.

There are many riads to choose from, each with its own unique charm and style. But one that I personally recommend is Riad Yasmine, located in the heart of the Medina. With its beautiful courtyard, rooftop terrace, and delicious breakfast, it is the perfect place to relax and recharge after a busy day exploring the city.

Final Thoughts

Marrakech is a city that will leave you mesmerized and wanting more. From its rich culture and history to its delicious food and warm hospitality, it is a destination that has something for every traveler. And with this itinerary, you can make the most out of your 24 hours in the Red City. So pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Marrakech.