Known as the “Red City”, Marrakech, Morocco is often known simply for its expansive open-air markets, snake-charmers, and tiny, winding streets. But, situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this French and Arabic speaking city also holds a rich cultural history, plenty of outdoor adventures, and gorgeous architecture and “red” desert scenery.
Marrakech is a wonderful example of unspoiled, untainted culture. A combination of traditional Arabic, Berber, and French has been woven together into the city’s distinctive dialogue. And though Islam is still quite strong, Marrakech is a less conservative city than many other Moroccan cities. Hazy, pink buildings are a dime a dozen. Shops are mostly tiny, locally-run operations. Coffee is thick and delicious (no instant stuff there!). And the sun, I hear, is always shining (see! It’s not just Californians who say this).
With everything from week-long Atlas Mountain hiking expedition tours to Quad biking (ATVs) in Palm Grove, there is no shortage of adventure to be had, no matter who you’re with! Visit the local grapefruit groves or spend an afternoon discovering your inner outdoorsman as you trek the winding mountain trails. Guided hikes of every length and ability-level make the trek easy, and for self-guided adventurers, there is plenty of local camping, climbing, and trail-walking to be had. You’ll see everything from medieval villages to snow-capped mountain peaks. Try getting that view somewhere else!
While you explore, don’t forget the Moroccan heritage tour ! Though the city has been fully modernized, this adventure provides a unique view into the historical Marrakech, with a journey into the walled city of Medina (which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Still looking for more history? Be sure to see a Fantasia show before you go. Based on an ancient Moroccan war ceremony, Fantasia is a spectacular show of tribal costumes, dancing, singing, and even a horse and rifle show. Focusing on your delicious méchoui (a Moroccan lamb dish) might be difficult as you watch that!
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