First stop in Morocco, where else but Marrakech. You might have seen it recently as a stop for every blogger that has spent time around the intricate tiles of the old city.
I was only there for 2 days before heading off to Rabat, and it was so warm we did decide to spend the afternoons by the pool. But I just wanted to highlight what I got to do that was on the traveler end. I was lucky enough to be hosted by a close friend who is from Morocco so she knew some of the best places for getting an authentic Moroccan experience.
What would you be doing if you didn’t visit Marrakech for the first time and didn’t get lost in the Medina? Get lost in it, it is very easy and remember to barter, it is normal.
Le Jardin Secret was a great suggestion for something to do within the medina. It is gorgeous two-part garden that has only opened in recent years. After being passed down for centuries, it was bought and renovated completely to its original design. The entire property includes the tower, the traditional Islamic garden and the international garden with plants around the world. The tower tour is additional dirham, but the view from the top is spectacular.
I personally can’t imagine someone who wouldn’t love Jardin Majorelle. The former home of Yves Saint Laurent feels like a fairy tale garden with a house in a royal blue with yellow. The plants change as you wander down the pathways. One of the best things about the property is that you can see it very quickly but if you want to, it is easy to sit down in a spot and just enjoy it. The gallery of love was gorgeous, and of course I had to take a photo of my year’s drawing. My favorite part had to be the gift shop. The leather is high quality and the designs are gorgeous. I unfortunately didn’t get anything because it was so early into my trip I was worried I would start over buying.
Where to Eat
So if you didn’t know it before you arrived in beautiful Morocco, the food is amazing. My favorite places were Comptoir Darna ,Bo-Zin, and Jemaa el-Fna. If you are looking for the traditional Moroccan experience with a luxury feeling look no further than Comptoir Darna. The food was absolutely delicious, and the show was great. How the performers danced with candles on their heads in beyond me. As for the belly dancers, get up and dance with them! The upstairs lounge has performances and you can get a drink and smoke if that is your thing.
We only had cocktails at Bo-Zin,but I highly suggest it for both cocktails and food. It is supposed to be amazing and the vibe itself is great. I was told that it is one of the places that you can find any celebrity visiting Marrakech. Lastly the Jemaa el Fna is a great place to really feel immersed in the real Morocco. Tons of outdoor restaurants in this open air market with delicious food and no frills. Around the market stands are dried fruits and nut stands, where my personal favorites were the salted almonds and dried figs.