Marrakesh Travel Guide

There is no destination quite like Marrakesh, one of the busiest cities in Africa it immerses you in a sensory wonder of delicious scents, vivid colours and inviting textures.

A destination of contrasts, explore the old fortified walls and bustling street markets before escaping to your riad  for a little sunbathing and relaxation.

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Dar Justo


Where to Stay

Our brand to trust Rusticae has several incredible boutique hotels in Marrakesh. Our favourite is Dar Justo – situated in the heart of the city it is the perfect base from which to explore. Yet the panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains will soothe your spirit when you retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Originating from the 14th Century, Dar Justo envelopes you in Marrakesh’s history providing traditional accommodation with modern comforts. The building itself was painstakingly reconstructed from the ground up using the same craftsmanship and materials that have been used for generations. The hotel strives to reduce the environmental footprint of your stay by purifying and repurposing water and harnessing clean energy through solar panels.

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Dar Justo


What to Do

No visit to Marrakesh is complete without at least one trip to the souks. Explore the endless maze of street markets in Medina to discover the traditional specialities on offer. These are the perfect places to pick up some local craftsmanship to bring back home – from handwoven baskets to traditional carpets and textiles.

Marrakesh Market. Image Credit: byvalet/Shutterstock

Marrakesh Market. Image Credit: byvalet/Shutterstock

If you’re feeling overwhelmed after a morning of shopping (and haggling!) head to Jardin Majorelle. One of the most visited sites in Morocco for a reason, these beautiful botanical and landscape gardens were designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s-30s.

In 1980 Jardin Majorelle was purchased by Yves Saint Laurent who loved the space so much he chose it as the place to have his ashes scattered. Enjoy some peace and tranquillity among the stunning exotic greenery, all set against the cobalt blue backdrop that has made these gardens famous across the globe.

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Jardin Majorelle

If further relaxation is in order then immerse yourself in an authentic Moroccan spa experience. We recommend Hammam de la Rose – which combines traditional treatments with modern luxury.

Try a traditional hammam ritual that combines eucalyptus, spices and aromatic clay to scrub away impurities and stress for a truly rejuvenated you. Hammam de la Rose also sells many of the natural products used in its treatments so you can try to recreate the experience on your return home.

 

Where to Eat

A favourite celebrity haunt, and supposedly one of Winston Churchill’s favourite hotels, La Mamounia offers four different restaurants that are open to both guests and the public. For traditional fare choose La Marocain, where you can enjoy a romantic meal on the terrace and sample rich tagines and fruit-studded couscous.

Terrace of La Marocain, La Mamounia

Terrace of La Marocain, La Mamounia

Alternatively, for a more contemporary take on Moroccan cuisine, Nomad is increasingly the go-to restaurant for foodies visiting the city. Situated in central Medina it offers fantastic views of the surrounding squares that will enhance your dining experience. The menu offers modern takes on Moroccan favourites and international dishes with a Moroccan twist – all made with local fresh produce.

Nomad Restaurant

Nomad Restaurant

 

What to pack

Traditional customs are widespread in Morocco – particularly relating to conservative dress. Show respect for local beliefs by dressing modestly when in public. Pair a long-sleeve cotton dress with comfortable sandals and a roomy tote for exploring the city, while a jumpsuit made from lightweight material makes for a chic evening outfit.  

More revealing clothing should be reserved for relaxing at your riad – although remember to pack a cover-up and high SPF to protect your skin from the hot African sun. We also recommend a hydrating mist for refreshing your skin throughout the day.

Vieri
Mandala Collection Earrings Pink

Loewe
Asymmetric Shirt Dress White/Blue

Gabriela Hearst
Lana Hardware Flat Sandal

Mayshad Paris
Timeless Mosaic Small Bag

Aeos
Refreshing Hydrating Mist

Chartwellandg
Mint Cover-Up with Leather Belt

Bodas
Navy Crossover Bikini Top

Bodas
Navy Hipster Bikini Bottoms

JEM
Anagramme Ring

Pembe Club
Tarangire Baobab Stretch Bracelet 

Age of Reason
Mint Sky Silk Scarf

Kiehl’s 
Activated Sun Protector SPF 50

Lisa Franklin
Icon Foundation – Jean

Chartwellandg
Wide Brim Panama – Navy

Bronagh Holmes Luxury
Aura Passport Cover – Tan

Nosouj
Hannah Clutch – Emerald & Navy

Maiyet
Wrap-effect Silk Satin Jumpsuit

Luca Jouel – Little Luca
Black Diamond Moth Necklace

Weleda
Rose Lip Balm

Camilla Elphick
Lattice Leaf Slides

Robe de Voyage
Firebird Silk Robe

Gabriela Hearst
Wildes Blouse

Elvis & Kresse
Large Washbag

Karmoie
Rise Sunglasses – Twig

Umran Aysan
Tailored Shorts – Blue Knot Print

Loewe
Espadrille Gold

Okapi
Travel Backgammon – Green Blesbok

Sophie Corfan