When I went to Marrakech with my mum before Christmas, we did a day trip to the Atlas Mountains (in addition to a day trip to Essaouira, which you can read about here). The Atlas Mountains is the longest mountain range in Africa, stretching through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Because we only went for a day, we did not get to see much; we only saw Ourika Valley, but it was still a great experience.
We booked a tour through a tourist agency for the price of 150 DH (15 EUR). We went in a maxi taxi with only four other tourists, and our driver was also an excellent guide. He stopped whenever we wanted to take pictures, which was awesome. A big part of the trip was just watching the scenery we drove through.
We took a day trip from Marrakech to the coastal town Essaouira. We went on a “tour”, but the only thing included was the transport to and from Essaouira – exactly what we wanted. The price was 150DH (15EUR) per person, which is a good price – the local bus actually charges the same (we went in a maxi taxi with a small group of tourists). The drive is nearly three hours long, and we had five hours in Essaouira.
Staying in a «riad» in the medina of Marrakech is essential if you want the real Moroccan experience. A riad is a traditional, Moroccan house with a courtyard in the center. Most hotels in the medina are riads – they can be everything from expensive 5 star hotels to cheap hostels.
The last week my mum and I went on a week-long holiday to Marrakech. I have always dreamed about Marrakech; it seemed like such an exotic and magic place. Marrakech did not disappoint me; it was as exotic as I had imagined. Marrakech is different from every other place I have visited – even though the city somehow reminded me a bit about some Indian cities and Istanbul. The streets are full of donkeys and motorbikes, the streets are filled with the smell of spices and you never know what you will meet around the next corner.