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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