Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

In yesterday’s post, I shared with you my comfy and chic travel outfit I wore last December for my trip to Morocco. Today, I am taking you to Marrakech, our first stop! Without further ado, find below all the places we visited as well as my recommendations and tips.

Jamaa El-Fna Place / Medina

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Jemaa El-Fna, and being lost in the Medina, is a must-see and experience if you’re going to Marrakech. Be prepared for a very crowded place. Locals are nice and helpful but stay awake and ready to tip people who help.

Be assertive

I got my hand painted with henna as soon as I got out of the taxi and into the square. I didn’t want it painted, but I didn’t want to be impolite and pull my hand off either. We ended up having to tip the lady. Don’t be afraid to say “no, thank you” firmly.

Don’t show interest to something you are not willing to buy

Some merchants will constantly offer their goods or services, even when you don’t actually show interest. Announce them first hand that you’re just looking and won’t buy anything, if that is the case. They are extra nice until you start leaving. Once you thank them and you start leaving the shop/stand, their attitude changes radically, they forget your existence, or they might even give you “the look”.

Know where you’re going

The best is to know exactly where you’re going, and not seem lost, even if you have to pretend.

Nothing is free

Keep five or ten dirham coins in your pockets if you are going to use their help.
Even when people seem to be trying to just help you get to places or give you advice; they expect something in return. Again, they will give you “the look” if you leave them empty handed.

Overall, it can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t have the right mindset, but it’s an amazing experience, greatly enriching.

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

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Koutoubia Mosque

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips
Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Ben Youssef Madrasa

We arrived just before the closing time at the famous Islamic College, Ben Youssef Madrasa. We had the place for ourselves to admire the magnificent arabesques and mosaic tiles.

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Casa Gyla

Casa Gyla is the house where we stayed at, booked via Airbnb. It’s a charming Moroccan villa in the Palmeraie neighborhood (10 minutes ride away from the center). The patio with its little fountain, greeneries, and pale green tiles is a true oasis.
At night, we enjoyed a glass of wine in the living room by the fireplace where we also had dinner.
I would come back in the summer to enjoy the outside pool!

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Jardin Majorelle

We couldn’t leave Morocco without paying a visit to the iconic Jardin Majorelle! Although I am a self-proclaimed pastel colors lover, I was fond of the bright blue and yellow of the buildings hidden behind giant cacti and plants.

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips
Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips


We had one last coffee at the café Majorelle before leaving for the airport.

Where to eat in Marrakech:

We had lunch on the rooftop of Nomad and dinner at Zwin Zwin Café where you can admire the sunset fading behind the Atlas.
I also got good recommendations for Terrasse des Epices, Café des Epices, Le Jardin et Il Limoni.

Schedule:

You will spend most of your time in the souk as it’s easy to loose yourself in the little streets of the Medina. So I would recommend you to end the visit with the Jemaa El-Fna place and Souk.
We had to work in the morning so we started our Marrakech visit around lunch time. I added our pictures from the Jardin Majorelle in this post even though we visited it on our last day in Morocco but it’s feasible to fit all these activities in one day.

Stay tuned for Part II of our Morocco Itinerary, with a Vlog!

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Outfit 1: Dress (old, last seen here in Key West & here in Carouge)
Outfit 2: Linen pink dress (last seen in here in Andalusia, Spain)
Outfit 3: Carousel cashmere pants (Made in France, slow fashion), Friday’s Project jumper (eco-friendly/slow fashion brand, last seen here in Barcelona)

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Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips

Photos: Julian Calo

4 comments on “Morocco Itinerary Part I // Marrakech tips”

  1. What an incredible trip. I would love to visit Morocco and the things you mentioned are exactly the things that I am concerned about, so wonderful tips!

    Megan
    Denton & Lou 

    • Thank you, Megan!
      I am glad to read it helped you and I wish you to visit Morocco one day!
      Stay tuned for the second part, coming on Monday, it’s my favourite part of the trip!
      xo

  2. Je viens juste de découvrir ton blog via hellocoton !
    J’aime beaucoup cette série de photos ! Très colorée, à l’image du Maroc, que j’aimerais beaucoup découvrir cette année <3

    • Coucou Amélie! Merci pour ton passage sur le blog et ton petit message! Je suis trop contente de lire que les photos te plaisent!
      Le maroc est un très joli pays et j’espère que tu auras l’ocassion de le découvrir!
      Bisous et à bientôt! xx

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