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April 1, 2023

Activities and Advice for Travel In and Around Marrakech - Ep. 31

Activities and Advice for Travel In and Around Marrakech - Ep. 31
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Marrakech is often the top destination in mind for travellers planning a trip to Morocco, and in today's episode Azdean is joined by Destination Morocco's Operations Manager, Sam, live from Marrakech, to chat about all kinds of activities and recommendations that make a visit there more complete.

The central square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, the Bahia Palace, the medina and the Majorelle Gardens are all wonderful starting points. What are some options though after you've spent some quality time in those places, and are ready to see more?

Marrakech is a great home base for everything from day hikes in the Atlas Mountains, to exciting desert activities in Agafay, hot air balloon rides from the nearby plains or a day trip to Essaouira.

Or you can stay in town and check out the many fascinating museums, which shine a light on Berber culture. Food tours and cooking classes are another great option to keep you busy. Find some new skills to take home with you and make your own tagines!

We learn about some of the types of street food you can find, how hot air ballooning fits into your schedule, what to expect and how strenuous the hiking in the Atlas Mountains is, where to find Berber and Jewish cultural sites in Marrakech, the differences between the nearby Agafay Desert and the more remote Merzouga camps in the Sahara Desert, the best time to visit Aït Benhaddou, and whether you should stay overnight in Essaouira.

It's a fun conversation with our man on the ground in Marrakech, bringing this vibrant city closer to home for our listeners.

Here are some of the activities we cover today:

  • Taking a Moroccan cooking class or cooking tour
  • Going on a food tour, and/or a street food tour specifically
  • Enjoying an early morning hot air balloon ride
  • Visiting Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Discovering four of the premier museums in Marrkech
  • Visiting the Sahara Desert and kasbahs
  • Making a side trip to Essaouira
  • Getting out to the Agafay Desert

This Episode is sponsored by:

Travel Anywhere - One stop for all your travel needs.

Resources Mentioned in this episode:

Ep. 10: Balloon Rides over Marrakech and Mountains

Imlil (the popular Atlas hiking starting base)

Aroumd (another Atlas hiking base) 

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Berber Museum at Majorelle Gardens

Tiskiwin Museum, Marrakech

Photography Museum

Dar El Bacha Museum

Taghazout, fishing and surfing spot near Agadir


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