I’ve just returned from five days of magical Marrakech madness. There is so much to tell that as usual, I don’t know where to start. So, I’ve decided I’m just going to make a start by sharing with you a few of my favourite things about Marrakech – Just five for now.
I am officially obsessed with taking pictures of doorways. One day I will make an exhibition or book just dedicated to pictures of doorways as I have so many! I have discovered that I’m not the only one with this obsession and there are many sites including Instagram that feed people with their ‘Doorway’ fix. Archways and windows have a similar effect on me too but doors are the bold masters, the opening to a new world, a portal as I like to call them. When they are as beautiful as they are in Marrakech – I can’t help myself.
Oh wow…the colours of Marrakech! Burnt oranges, vibrant yellows, turquoise blues…I. Just. Loved. It. I bored myself with the amount of times I said ‘ wow…just look at the colours!’ You just can’t help but smile or walk around the magical souks with your mouth slightly ajar. In this respect, Marrakech reminded me of India.
You can read more of my Indian sensory overload Here
I had a feeling I would like the food but I didn’t think I would love the food! Of course the Tagine is well-known and didn’t disappoint. The lamb was lovely and tender and the vegetable cooked just the way I like them - not too hard and not too soft. All presented in the Tagine dish I was most surprised at the cous cous dishes. I had a lamb one and a chicken one. Both had the addition of local fruits such as dates, raisins and apricots to give it a delicious fruity flavour. And of course – kebabs. We only ate the street food once and it did not disappoint the kebabs – shish, chicken and beef were really tasty. Randomly we also ate cream cakes off the back of a cart a man was pulling down the road one day – on reflection we were amazed we were not ill.
4. Mint Tea
Moroccans love their mint tea and we grew to love it too. Now I’m back in the UK I’m having a severe craving for it – or maybe just the amount of sugar you consume when drinking it! It’s just so tasty – a sweet spearmint taste, hot and refreshing. It is always so gorgeously presented as well – a silver tray, presenting a silver (or metal) teapot and beautifully adored coloured tea glasses to sip from. Extra sugar is always provided – yum!
5. It’s so close…yet so far
I loved the fact our flight was scheduled for 3.45 hours and on both flights was half an hour early, so just 3 hours and 15 mins to a place so far from anything resembling the UK – and it’s just wonderful!
Living in Europe it’s easy for us to grab a flight somewhere great but to travel somewhere really culturally different, normally takes us a lot longer. Marrakech is a magical mix of the old and new, the crazy and the calm and just a perfect place for a city break that will awaken all your senses.
Have you been to Marrakech? What are your favourite things?
More Marrakech coming soon with ” 5 things that surprised me in Marrakech”