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Marrakech, Morocco: (Hi)stories and Adventure!

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 Medina - Joao Maximo

Marrakech Medina - Joao Maximo

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!

Marrakech Cityscape - wonker

Marrakech Cityscape - wonker

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!

Looking for more information?

-Be sure to check out the rest of isango!’s Marrakech adventures.
-For English website with local restaurant reviews, try here.
-Need even more touristy ideas? This is a great site!

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Comments


  1. comment by: Holiday Ideas at FH4U on May 13 at 15:12

    Mrrakech, Morcco and other holiday ideas for September

    http://findholidays4u.com/wordpress/index.php/2009/04/holiday-ideas-for-september/


  2. comment by: Flexible holidays on May 15 at 19:22

    Morocco has really opened up for Brits the last few years. There’s now plenty of low cost flights (from the usual suspects) and so you can easily create your own cheap holiday and then spend the rest on trips and tours.


  3. comment by: Escape Hunter on Dec 17 at 13:07

    On my first late evening out in Marrakech, I got lost. What an adventure to get lost in the labirynth of the Medina!

    Loved the smells of the Jemaa el Fna market!

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