As a person with never-ending wanderlust, I am constantly dreaming of the next best place to visit. Whether it be in my head, through pinterest boards, checking out cheap plane tickets on Ryan Air, or looking through swanky apartments on AirBNB, I am almost always planning my next destination.
Since I’ve lived in Italy for the last two years, most of those destinations have included countries in the EU and UK. After visiting all of these places, no matter how beautiful and interesting they may be, they all start to run together and feel the same. I needed to go someplace that could offer me more than cute cafes and historical monuments. Lucky for me, in April I found tickets for less than 70USD (roundtrip/person) from Milan to Marrakech, Morocco. I basically didn’t even give my husband a chance to give me an answer before I bought tickets. This was at the top of my travel bucket list, so you can imagine my excitement! Little did I know just how much I would love this city!
We embarked for Marrakech on a Friday afternoon from Milan. We landed at the Marrakech Menara airport around 3:00 PM. From there, a driver drove us into the Medina and then directed us to our Riad. We were promptly greeted with fresh moroccan mint tea (ohmahgawdsogood) before planning our next day’s activities and being shown to our room. Our Riad, Riad Houma, was by far the most amazing hotel/bnb/inn I’ve ever stayed in. I cannot speak highly enough of this beautiful establishment and their warm,inviting, more than accommodating staff.
After a bit of a rest in our room we headed out to Jemaa el- Fna square for our first glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. You have not lived until you’ve had a glass of orange juice from an orange the size of your head from one of the many juice stands in the square. After the best orange juice of my life, we headed into the Souks for some a bit of shopping.
The Souk is the most magical place I’ve ever been! Sorry, Disney World, but these guys could definitely give you a run for your money. The Souks are a sensory overload. There are hundreds of merchants selling things out of their stalls, yelling at you (in the nicest way) to get you to come check out their goods. Wafting through the crowds is kind of difficult, but that’s part of the experience. You can find everything from fresh spices, handmade leather goods, jewelry, shoes, basically anything you can think of. My favorite things to look at were the rugs. However, I wouldn’t suggest stepping into a stall to look at them unless you’re serious about buying one. The shop keeper goes completely overboard with showing you all of the carpets and kilims to try to get you to buy one. They won’t let you leave until you’ve done so!
After the Souk we made our way to Jemaa el-Fna for some food. The food in Marrakech is to die for! This was street food at it’s finest.The food stalls are set up similarly to a state fair or something of the sort-tons of vendors everywhere under tents with picnic tables set up. They first brought us pita with a tomato sauce, which was exactly like salsa that you would get from any Mexican restaurant back in the states, and a spicy, citrusy chili sauce, which was incredible! Then we each had harira soup and tajine-hubby a lamb and date tajine, and me a chicken and veggie, which I ate so fast I couldn’t photograph. After, we headed to the infamous Cafe de France to finish off the evening with mint tea.
If you’ve stuck around for the length of this post, go you! I had so much to talk about that I couldn’t possibly fit everything into one post, so part II will come later this week! I hope that you enjoyed this peek inside of my experience in Marrakech. It was such a magical place! I can’t wait to share day two with y’all!
Thanks for reading!