Arriving Marrakesh airport after an easy 3 hr flight, I was surprised at how far away from home I felt. Set between the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains and the vast red sand of the Sahara desert Marrakesh feels like another world. The first thing I was aware of was how different the light was, the sky is a deep blue and the city itself seems to radiate a pink sunset glow, even in the middle of the day.
In the morning I visited Palais Bahia, a beautiful building which includes a series of relaxing courtyards and rooms designed and converted in the late 19th century is a great place to see Moroccan architecture and design.
Within the Medina are the Souks, a network of passages and streets within the old town where you can shop for spices, medicines, leather, Argan oil and of course carpets and textiles.
The heart of the city the famous market square Jemaa el Fna, here you will find snake charmers, musicians and dancers, food and even a travelling dentist with his stall of used teeth and dentures!
There are stalls selling all sorts of street food and drinks, from the best fresh orange juice to grilled meat skewers to dried fruit and nuts and herbs.
I only spent a couple of days in Marrakech before heading off into the Mountains, but wish I had longer. It is an easy city to get to and an even easier one to explore, the architecture, the food, the people and the sights and sounds are unfamiliar but not daunting.
I only decided to visit Morocco as I had a gap in my ‘travelling about finding myself schedule’ in March, I wanted to spend a couple of weeks doing something active, preferable walking or trekking. Morocco was never a place I had thought about travelling to, but after some not very in-depth research it seemed to tick all the boxes: short flight from the UK, good weather, mountains, somewhere I had never been. I soon found a reasonably priced package walking in the Atlas Mountains with flights and accommodation planned out for me, perfect…
My trip was arranged by Exodus Travel flights and all: Atlas Panorama