24 Hour Marrakech Tour Guide

by May 23, 2018Day Trips, Morocco, Stopovers & Layovers16 comments

I first heard the name Marrakech on the hit TV show The Amazing Race. Typically, I tend to get very excited when I see and recognize places I’ve been too flash across the screen. It’s an instant trip down memory lane once again with visual flashbacks and sounds etched in my mind. When I see a place I’ve never been too I quickly jot down the names, places, and events associated with that new city.

So Much Sensory Overload Your Head Will Spin

Marrakech will do that for you; bright colours, the smell of herbs and spices, loud music, the taste of exotic food and the softness of silk and leather goods. As the contestants ran through the streets of the old Medina something about Marrakech inspired me. It was wild, It was different. It was a new continent.

Among the most wonderful and sophisticated places across the globe, a 24 hour Marrakech tour guide is a perfect way to highlight the rich culture.

Planning an overnight short trip or mini break from Casablanca to Marrakech, even if only for 24 hours was doable. There are many experiences Marrakech and Morocco on a whole have to offer so at the very least I would be able to scratch the surface. From the beautiful Riad type accommodations, daytime to nighttime activities, shopping in the old medina, food escapades and a lot more, I will be your Marrakech tour guide…for 24 hours at least

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Day 1

Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
An oasis in the middle of chaos. Normally I would include a link to the Airbnb or hotel I stayed in towards the end of the post. However, accommodation in a traditional riad is very much a part of the overall experience. So my Marrakech tour guide must start with my riad. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. It is an authentic experience and the perfect place to stay when visiting Marrakech. You can relax and feel as if you are at the center of everything with out hearing everything.
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide

Daytime to Nighttime Activities in Marrakech

What mesmerized me the most about Marrakech besides the mazes of the medina was Jemaa el-Fnaa.

Everything from: dancing cobras, acrobats, monkey’s, snakes, live music, pop up outdoor restaurants and so much more.

See how the local folks provide entertainment for the tourists who are visiting. The stories are real and you will see the snake charmers charm their Cobras in harmless ways. These charmers are thought have protection from ‘Baraka,’ which is a type of divine magic and blessing being rolled into one.
After a night out here you’ll be glad to be back in your riad.

Also, as a side note: Keep lots of change with you. Every time you take a picture of a snake, a monkey, the street bands, the acrobats etc; someone will be approaching you for change.

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24 Hour Marrakech Tour Guide

Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide

Medina Market

I personally love markets. Markets are a great place to get fully immersed in a culture. Markets have local food; fruits, vegetables, fish/seafood, meats, spices, hand made goods, traditional goods, etc. Plus you get exposed to the language, the customs, and the sights, sounds, and smells.

The Marrakech Medina does not disappoint. From the rugs, carpets and leather goods to the silver, spices and/or hash (if your into that type of thing) all top quality. It’s a great chance to pick some one-of-a-kind souvenirs for yourself or your friends/family.

We picked up several small leather wallets and Morrocan shoe key chains for our friends and family, a silver ring for Gordana, a traditional curved knife for myself and a traditional silver teapot.

Side note: The fresh mint tea is so good in Morocco we bought the teapot so we can recreate that experience every time we make fresh mint tea.

Marrakech Tour Guide
Marrakech Tour Guide

Satisfy Your Taste Buds at Jemaa el-Fnaa

Your 24 hour Marrakech tour guide would not be complete if I didn’t tell you about the delectable bounty being offered at the Jemaa el-Fnaa food stalls. The taste of exotic food can be found all around you as the afternoon approaches – the location transforms into a huge open-air food section.

You can choose from a variety of foods, which may be new to your eye and taste. From salads and kebabs to snails, sheep heads (eye in) 

I stuck with traditional salads and kebabs. Yeah I know I’m a wimp but sheep’s head…not really my thing.

Marrakech Tour Guide

Aside from Riad, Jemaa el-Fnaa, and Medina Market, you can also visit Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque to name a few. If you’re lucky enough to have two or three days here in Marrakech check out this incredible list of 12 awesome things to do in Marrakech!

Hands down the best way to witness gorgeous sunsets and sunrises over the beautiful desert oasis.

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