The most obvious attraction during any trip to Marrakech has to be the souq experience. Avoid the usual tourist traps and head to the smaller, more authentic souqs, where you’ll find good quality leather goods, jewellery and locally made crafts. You’d be surprised how remarkably friendly sellers are in these traditional markets. They are far less aggressive than elsewhere, but be prepared to haggle.
For a change of pace and a little peace and quiet, head to the ‘green lung’ of the city, La Palmeraie. Situated on the outskirts of Marrakech, this is an area that covers more than 13,000 hectares and is planted with a staggering 150,000 palm trees. Take a camel ride along the shaded paths for a truly relaxing and authentic Moroccan experience.
The evening’s entertainment is usually focused around Djemaa El-Fna the city’s main square. Here you can watch dancers and entertainers put on a show, and listen to storytellers weave ancient tales. During the day, the square is also a hive of activity, hosting snake charmers and street vendors.
Visit Dar Si Saïd Museum, on Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid, to get a better understanding of the culture and history of Morocco. The museum is set in an old palace and its collections include fabulous examples of Moroccan wood carving and leatherwork.