Marrakech: 4 unforgettable days in the “Red City” – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Marrakech medina


Located at the foot of the majestic mountains Atlas mountains, Marrakesh it is an ancient city that exudes an aura of mystery and tradition. Known as the “Red City” for the ocher tones of its walls, this enchanting destination attracts travelers with its fascinating mix of culture, thousand-year history and a vibrant atmosphere which leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who visit it.

Let yourself be enveloped by the charm of the past and the present as you wander its dusty streets, explore labyrinths of markets and enjoy the incredible diversity of experiences that Marrakech has to offer.

This city is not just a physical place, but a journey through time through centuries of Moroccan history, a fusion of influences Berber, Arab and Europeans that intertwine in a cultural panorama unique and fascinating.

THEn four days, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in its lively streets, explore ancient buildings and discover the intact traditions of the rural villages that rise majestically among the Atlas Hills.

A trip to Marrakech it is not simply a travel experience; it is an adventure through the life and customs of a people who proudly preserve their roots while looking towards the future.

Marrakech medina

Day 1: Exploration of the Medina and Jemaa el-Fna

Your first day in Marrakech should start with a tour of the vibrant Jemaa el-Fna Square. This iconic place is the nerve center of the city and offers a fascinating show of culture and traditions.

By day, the square is filled with snake charmers, monkey trainers and street performers entertaining visitors. However, it is important to note that many of these attractions will require a fee, even just for a photo.

The evening, Jemaa el-Fna turns into a lively open-air marketwith numerous stands offering typical, succulent Moroccan food tajine to the fragrant ones fried batters. The lights and sounds that animate the atmosphere make the experience truly evocative, almost like fairy tale “alla Aladdin“.

Afterwards, you can explore the medinadeclared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This labyrinth of narrow streets and markets Vivid is the beating heart of the city. You can immerse yourself in the chaotic and vibrant atmosphere, observe the skill of local artisans as they create splendid artefacts and savor the aromas and flavors of the spices exposed in the markets.

There medina it is also a paradise for food lovers shoppingoffering a wide range of souvenirs traditional, from ceramics to copper objects, from carpets to handcrafted leather.

You will live the authentic experience of bargaining spirit of Moroccan culture as you negotiate prices with local vendors: it is part of their culture, and many of them will also bargain for the simple pleasure of doing so.

The key indication is that you cannot negotiate the prices that are displayed (therefore supermarkets or certain shops), for all the rest of the products it will be you and your skills who decide the final figure (their first price is usually very high on purpose, it part of their DNA).

To give you a (quite extreme) example of how negotiations take place, a series of photos with snake charmers started with a request for 400 dirhams (just under €40) and ended with a handshake at 20 dirhams (around €2), after our initial counter-offer of 2 dirhams (20 cents).

Jemaa el-Fna Square

Day 2: Agafay Desert Adventure

The second day could be dedicated to an unforgettable trip to the Agafay desert. Although it is technically not a sandy desert, but rather a rocky, desert-like area, it still offers a fascinating experience.

Here, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Berber culture with a’camel ride at sunset. You will be able to cross the desolate expanses while the sun paints the sky with golden shades, creating a magical and evocative atmosphere.

Enjoy one dinner under the starssavoring traditional Berber dishes while the drums play in the silence of the desert.

Day 3: The southern part of the Medina and the Saadian Tombs

The third day could be dedicated to discovery of the southern part of the medina, less crowded but equally fascinating. Here you will find the Agdal Gardens and the Kasbahan area rich in history and culture.

Pay a visit to Saadian Tombs, a tomb complex that houses the remains of sultans and their families. Admire the intricate architecture and gorgeous art that decorate this historic site.

You could also visit the Bahia Palaceanother architectural gem that enchants visitors with its ornate courtyards, lush gardens and intricate details.

Day 4: Trip to the rural villages of the Atlas

The last day could be reserved for a trip to the rural villages surrounding, located between majestic Atlas mountains.

Here you can completely immerse yourself in typical Arab culture, away from crowded tourist areas. Interact with the local population, discover their centuries-old traditions, enjoy the authentic cuisine and admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Explore local markets, admire traditional crafts and treat yourself to a break from the bustle of the city, embracing the tranquility and authenticity of rural Moroccan life.

Marrakech offers a wide range of culinary delights that reflect the rich Moroccan culinary tradition. Here is a section describing some dishes and flavors to try during your visit to Marrakech, including tajine and rghaif available in the medina for around 10 dirhams (€1).

Tagine

The tajine is an iconic dish of Morocco, it is a stewed meat or fish dish cooked slowly in a container of terracotta shaped like a ladybug. you can find various versions of tajine in Marrakech, each characterized by a unique combination of ingredients such as chicken, lamb, beef or fish, accompanied by spices, dried fruit and vegetables. The aroma of the spices and the softness of the meat make this dish an extraordinary culinary experience.

Tajine typical dish from Marrakech

Rghaif (or Rghayef)

THE rghaif I am a kind of Moroccan pancake or puff pastry made from semolina, often filled with honey, jam, cheese or almonds. They are usually cooked on a hot plate and are available in various places in the medina of Marrakech, where you can enjoy them fresh and hot at an affordable price, often around 10 dirhams (€1).

Street Food

Exploring the medina of Marrakech offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the lively scene of street food. Besides rghaif, you can find other delicious snacks like bissara (a broad bean soup), brochette (meat skewers), Moroccan crepes, fresh cut fruit, dried fruit and fruit smoothies.

Saharan coffee

The Saharan coffee it is prepared in a unique way, using boiling sand for cooking. The preparation involves the use of a metal container, called “kanoun“, positioned on a bed of boiling sand. The container is filled with a mixture of coffee and spiceshot water is then added and it is finally immersed in boiling sand.

The heat of the sand It allows the coffee and spice mixture to cook slowly and evenly, allowing the flavors to blend and spread gradually. This preparation method gives Saharan coffee a distinctive and rich tasteenriched by the aromas of spices that combine perfectly with coffee.

The presentation of Saharan coffee cooked in boiling sand is one fascinating show to observe, as well as offering aunique sensory experience in terms of flavor and aroma.

Moroccan tea

Moroccan tea is a traditional drink from Morocco, also known as “mint tea”. This drink is particularly popular and represents an important element of Moroccan culture. It has its own ritual. In the traditional recipe, the tea is served in silver teapots, and poured from a certain height, to allow the infusion to cool first.

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