Since the advent of budget airlines, a number of previously harder to reach locations have now become just a short, inexpensive flight away from my home in Northern Europe. A great example of a tantalizing city which is now within easy reach is Marrakesh, Morocco. I first visited Marrakesh a few years ago and even though the flight from London was short and simple, the moment I stepped off the plane I knew I had arrived in a new continent which was very different from the one I’d left behind. Sometimes when I travel I like to just take a chance and just make things up as I go along. However when I am travelling somewhere that I don’t know all that much about, I tend to do a little research to make sure I can fully appreciate what it is I am about to experience for the first time.

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Photo by Angela Saran via Trover

One of the first things I like to do therefore before I head to a new country (or in the case of Marrakesh a new continent, for me), is read a little bit about the history of the country. That way when you arrive in Marrakesh you have a better understanding of how all of the different cultures and traditions have come together in this fascinating melting pot of a city. For example the food in Marrakesh comprises a truly delicious mix of French, Arabic, and Berber influences which means when you first pick up a menu in a restaurant in Marrakesh, you will be in for a very pleasant surprise. Personally I became totally addicted to tagines, a traditional local stew usually comprising meat, but also just beautifully cooked vegetables for any vegetarians out there. It is also possible to buy the tagine pots from the many markets in Marrakesh, meaning when you get home you can try your hand at cooking a traditional Moroccan dish for your friends and family. Although if you can ever get one to taste as good as they do in Marrakesh, I’d be very surprised!

The diverse mix of cultural influences can also be seen in the fascinating architecture throughout Marrakesh. There are a number of beautiful museums you can visit which really show off this splendid architecture, or alternatively you can just stroll around the city enjoying the fantastic Riads, many of which you can enter as they often serve as restaurants or cafes. Be sure not to forget your camera though as you won’t want to miss the opportunity to capture some of the wonderfully intricate patterns which adorn many of the buildings’ wall and doors.

So with a little bit of research before you head out to Marrakesh, you will be very well placed to understand the complex history behind this North African gem of a city and in doing so, really appreciate how the coming together of different cultures has influenced so much of the city. So with great hotels in Marrakech and all this variety on offer in one compact and easy to reach city the only question which remains is, what are you waiting for?

 

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

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

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