Morocco Diaries: 48 Hours In Marrakech

Marrakech is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been to. Full of life, colour & culture I fall in love with it every time I go. I must admit, however, that it has to be seen in doses and I don’t see myself staying there for any long periods of time. It’s too busy and active for me and I’m the type of person who likes to relax and do relaxing things when I’m away!

Corina and I however gave ourselves 48 hours to see Marrakech and soak in all it’s glory. I had the task of organising our stay and activities and I have to say I’m proud of myself for being able to complete the task. We left the red city satisfied that we had done all that needs to be done and seen what we had wanted to experience. We also vlogged our stay so if you’d like to see everything in action, click here.


Where we stayed:

If you want true Marrakech, I highly recommend staying in a Riad. A Riad is basically an authentic Bed & Breakfast set up in a traditional Moroccan home. Riad’s usually consist of an open square centre with rooms surrounding that. We booked a Double room that was on the ground floor, were given keys to the Riad for freedom coming in and out and we both felt at home and almost like Dominas (we’re both Spartacus fans). Riad Aguerzame had amazing reviews on Trip Advisor so it was an instant choice for us. Let me just confirm that we were not disappointed:

Riad Aguerzame – Roof Top

Riad Aguerzame – Courtyard

Riad Aguerzame – Breakfast


DAY I:

Our flight landed at 9.30am so after being dropped off at the Riad, we set up our things in the room, washed our faces, put on some makeup and changed into comfy sandals and set out on our first day.

First stop was Jamaa’ El Fna. It was only a 10 min walk from our Riad so naturally we used it as our starting point for the day. We also checked out the Souq & had an amazing lunch there too:

Marrakech Jamaa' el fna by day

Jamaa’ El Fna by day

marrakech souq

Souq

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Souq – Genie wishing

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Souq – We bought this huge natural crystal and both kept a half

Souq – Corina’s Picks

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Souq- Lady Gaga the Chameleon

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Jamaa’ El Fna – Best lamb tagine EVER!

Our next stop was the YSL memorial gardens. A green Oasis and completely different dynamic to the lively hustle and bustle that we just left in Jamaa’ El Fna:

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YSL Gardens – Entrance

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YSL Gardens

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YSL Gardens – Cactus overload!

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YSL Gardens – Memorial sign

After the YSL garden, we went back to our room for a well needed cool shower and nap before we headed out to see Marrakech by night:

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Jamaa’ El Fna by night

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Jamaa’ El Fna By Night


DAY II

Day two was dedicated to visiting Ouzoud Waterfalls. The riad organised a personal driver for us and so we headed out on a 3 hour drive away from Marrakech. We spent our time there trekking the waterfalls, eating a lunch (tagine obvs) with an amazing view and meeting some lazy monkeys…

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Ouzoud Waterfalls

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Ouzoud Waterfall – Second highest Waterfall In Africa

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Ouzoud Waterfalls – Beef Tagine With A View

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Ouzoud Waterfalls – Monkeyin’ Around

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Ouzoud Waterfalls – Corina In Her Element

After a long drive back to our Riad (we slept the whole way back btw) we showered and painted our faces ready for our table at Jad Mahal:

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Jad Mahal- Live Entertainment

Watch our vlog here to see more of the entertainment in action.


DAY III:

After a late night out at Jad Mahal, we were up at 4am the next day for our last Marrakech activity… a hot air balloon ride! We had to be up and out in time for the sun rise. It was a package experience so we were picked up, served a traditional BerBer breakfast, taken up on the hot air balloon, and then taken on a half an hour camel ride to finish the morning off before being driven back to our Riad:

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – Preparation

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – Sunrise & Serenity

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – The Landing

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – Certified Passengers lol!

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – BerBer Breakfast in a hut

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Hot Air Balloon Ride – Our Pet Camels

We visited the souks one last time and then headed back to the Riad to pack our things and wait for our driver to transfer us to the coach station to make our journey to Agadir!

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