I first heard the name Marrakech on the hit TV show The Amazing Race. Typically, I tend to get very excited when I see and recognize places I’ve been too flash across the screen. It’s an instant trip down memory lane once again with visual flash backs and sounds etched in my mind. When I see a place I’ve never been too I quickly jot down the names, places, and events associated with that new city.
As the contestants ran through the streets of the old Medina something about Marrakech inspired me. It was wild, It was different. It was a new continent.
Among the most wonderful and sophisticated places across the globe, a 24 hour Marrakech tour guide is a perfect way to highlight the rich culture.
Planning an over night short trip or mini break from Casablanca to Marrakech, even if only for 24 hours was doable. There are many experiences Marrakech and Morocco on a whole have to offer so at the very least I would be able to scratch the surface. From the beautiful Riad type accommodations, daytime to nighttime activities, shopping in the old medina, food escapades and a lot more, I will be your Marrakech tour guide…for 24 hours at least
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An oasis in the middle of chaos.
Normally I would include a link to the Airbnb or hotel I stayed in towards the end of the post. However, accommodation in a traditional riad is very much a part of the overall experience. So my Marrakech tour guide must start with my riad.
A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard.
It is an authentic experience and the perfect place to stay when visiting Marrakech. You can relax and feel as if you are at the center of everything with out hearing everything.
Daytime to Nighttime Activities in Marrakech
What mesmerized me the most about Marrakech besides the mazes of the medina was Jemaa el-Fnaa.
Everything from: dancing cobras, acrobats, monkey’s, snakes, live music, pop up out door restaurants and so much more.
See how the local folks provide entertainment for the tourists who are visiting. The stories are real and you will see the snake charmers charm their Cobras in harmless ways. These charmers are thought have protection from ‘Baraka,’ which is a type of a divine magic and blessing being rolled into one.
After a night out here you’ll be glad to be back in your riad.
Also, as a side note: Keep lots of change with you. Every time you take a picture of a snake, a monkey, the street bands, the acrobats etc; some one will be approaching you for change.
In this video, I take you on a 24 hour Marrakech tour guide around the old medina
24 Hour Marrakech Tour Guide
I personally love markets. Markets are a great place to get fully immersed in a culture. Markets have the local food; fruits, vegetables, fish/sea food, meats, spices, hand made goods, traditional goods etc. Plus you get exposed to the language, the customs, and the sights, sounds, and smells.
The Marrakech Medina does not disappoint. From the rugs, carpets and leather goods to the silver, spices and/or hash (if your into that type of thing) all top quality. It’s a great chance to pick some one-of-a-kind souvenirs for yourself or your friends/family.
We picked up several small leather wallets and Morrocan shoe key chains for our friends and family, a silver ring for Gordana, a traditional curved knife for myself and a traditional silver tea pot.
Side note: The fresh mint tea is so good in Morocco we bought the teapot so we can recreate that experience everytime we make fresh mint tea.
Aside from the attractive pieces, you are guaranteed affordable prices providing you got your haggling/bartering game face on!!! Read our post: Marrakesh Souk: A Guide to Shopping the Marrakesh Medina to learn some haggling techniques.
Satisfy Your Taste Buds at Jemaa el-Fnaa
Your 24 hour Marrakech tour guide would not be complete if I didn’t tell you about the delectable bounty being offered at the Jemaa el-Fnaa food stalls. As afternoon approaches the location transforms into a huge open-air food section.
You can choose from a variety of foods, which may be new to your eye and taste. From salads and kebabs to snails, sheep heads (eye in)
I stuck with the traditional salads and kebabs. Yeah I know I’m a wimp but sheep’s head…not really my thing.
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Other places of interest are Palais de la Bahia, Palais El Badiî, Menara Gardens & Jardin Majorelle. Also be sure to book a desert tour. These tours take you out to the vast desert where you spend the night or two.
Hands down the best way to witness gorgeous sunsets and sunrises over the beautiful desert oasis.
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