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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.

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.

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.

A fruit vendor the medina of Marrakech - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

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:

A clever use of space in the medina: The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

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.

Marrakech doors - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech doors - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech doors - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech doors - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

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.

One of the smallest bookstores I've ever seen. The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Butchers preparing fresh meat for sale outside a shop located off the main square:

Butchers preparing fresh meat for sale - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Butchers preparing fresh meat for sale - The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

The medina was full of these colorful shops selling handmade goods.

The medina was full of these colorful shops selling handmade goods. The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

The medina was full of these colorful shops selling handmade goods. The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

Every corner you turned was some gorgeous new postcard worthy scene.

The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

The busy, bustling, crowded and wonderful city of Marrakech, Morocco.

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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.


Which photo is your favorite? Have you ever been to Marrakech or would you like to go? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Nancy

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

You have an eye for photography. Beautiful photos. My favorite is the bookstore. It reminds me of visiting City Lights bookstore in San Francisco with our friend Mark.

Nathan

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Thank you! There's a story there behind that pic, don't let me forget to tell you. It's not bad but not one I should probably put here!

Nicole

Friday 5th of August 2016

Great job with the article! Really love how it turned out and it makes me miss Morocco :)

Nathan

Saturday 6th of August 2016

Thank you! I want to go back at some point and do a desert tour. That's the biggest thing that I missed that I wanted to see.

Tiana

Wednesday 27th of July 2016

I love all the colors in Marrakech! Its such a magical place!

Rob

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

It really is a place right out of a fairy tale. I think that the city will be incredible when we visit and cannot wait.

Rosemary

Tuesday 26th of July 2016

Great pictures. Marrakech is truly beautiful. The smallest bookstore and narrow street scenes are my favorite shots. I cannot wait to visit the region. This is coming up soon on our quest, but after looking at your pictures, I wish it was sooner :)

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