Marrakech, Morocco is a city packed with fantastic architecture, food, art, and history, and as such is a great holiday destination for those who like their vacation to include a healthy dose of culture. Having been lucky enough to have visited this captivating city, the following guide provides a few hints and tips about how to get the best out of a visit to this magical north-west corner of Africa.


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For fans of museums a good place to start is Boucharoute Museum, which provides a gentle introduction to the throbbing city of Marrakech. The small museum is in a beautiful building and has some great displays of traditional rugs which, in its own right, might not sound all that captivating but if you are lucky enough to visit the museum when its owner, Patrick, is on duty, you’ll be amazed by the history behind these rugs and, especially, the stories of the women who wove them. Another really interesting option for fans of exhibitions is the Maison de la Photographie, which displays many photos giving fascinating insights into the people and culture of Morocco. Fans of architecture will also enjoy the beautiful setting, a haven of peace and tranquillity with wonderful views of Marrakech from the rooftop café, which happens to offer a great choice of local teas which really help you soak up the atmosphere.

Fans of the great outdoors appreciate hearing that Marrakech is home to a large number of beautiful gardens which are an absolute delight to wander. One example is Jardin Majorelle, a garden paradise full of traditional plants such as palms and cacti which offer the perfect backdrop for amateur photographers like me. The garden is near Berber Museum, which is well worth a visit, as is the café/restaurant on the grounds, an ideal spot to take a break and indulge in some traditional food and refreshments.

Visitors wishing to leave Marrakech with a little something to remind them of the local designs and culture in this part of the world should consider a trip to what many feel is the beating heart of the city, the Medina of Marrakech. The stalls sell almost every item you could think of, and many you wouldn’t have thought of, and make the ideal places to practice your haggling skills, which you will definitely need here.

After a day spent wandering around Marrakech’s museums, gardens, and central medina, you are likely might be a little tired. The good news is that when it comes to relaxation, Marrakech is a city up there with the best. Countless spas exist throughout the city where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage and other pampering treatments to ease away the stress that comes with exploring a bustling city.

So with fascinating local museums, beautiful architecture, and splendid gardens on offer, the question is, what are you waiting for when it comes to booking yourself into a nice hotel in Marrakech and on a well-deserved, cultural break!

Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk and I am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove project.

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