Every article you read describes Marrakech the same way. Busy. Crowded. Bustling. Winding medinas. When I started to write this post I wanted to find unique ways to describe one of my new favorite cities. But these words are (over)used for a reason. Because Marrakech is busy, crowded, and bustling. And the medinas are winding. But it’s also more than that. A lot more, it turns out.
Marrakech can be a bit overwhelming, in the best possible way. The heat, the crowds, sensory overload with all of the new sights and exotic smells. It call all be a bit much at first. It’s also mysterious and exciting, but at the same time frustrating. I would say that Marrakech is also one of the most photogenic cities I’ve ever visited. Around every corner was a new shot worth framing. I initially thought maybe my photo skills were improving. I quickly realized that it’s the city, it’s just that gorgeous.
And of course there’s the food. I didn’t know much about Moroccan food before I went other than a few tagine dishes I’d had at home. Fortunately one of the first things I did when I arrived was to take a walking food tour of the city. The tour was truly amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Marakech.
As much as I wanted to put together a comprehensive guide to the city, it’s just not how I spent my time there. Instead I spent most of my visit wandering the city on foot, haggling over prices, drinking mint tea, and chatting with locals. So instead I present some of my favorite photos from my tour of the city.
A clever use of space in the medina:
Marrakech has some of the most interesting doors I’ve ever seen. In fact, I had to label these photos as #doorporn on my Instagram.
One of the smallest bookstores I’ve ever seen. This shop was in a small nook I found while wandering the medina near my riad.
Butchers preparing fresh meat for sale outside a shop located off the main square:
The medina was full of these colorful shops selling handmade goods.
Every corner you turned was some gorgeous new postcard worthy scene.
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.