Day one - Explore Marrakech's walled city
Yes, an entire day devoted to the walled city within Marrakech is completely necessary. In fact, navigating your way through the intricate network of streets alone could take up a whole day if you’re somebody who likes to simply go where the day takes you.
Hidden within the spider’s web of narrow, busy lanes is the Jemaa el-Fnaa, the centrepiece of Marrakech’s walled city. It’s a massive open square whose pulse you can feel instantly as it’s typically teeming with local merchants, entertainers and holidaymakers.
Jemaa el-Fnaa is where you’ll find a big concentration of restaurants too, many of which are stationed on rooftops so that you’re treated to views of the bustling square below, in addition to a mouth-watering tagine. The skyline is especially gorgeous at night.
Attached to the square is the Medina of Marrakech, another complicated network of lanes that are paved with shops. Take care to remember which direction you’ve come in, but don’t leave before you’ve had a good look at the hand-painted pottery and leather goods hanging from the walls.
Outside the walled city is where things slow down. You can sip a coffee from a cafe or relax in the park as the call for prayer wafts over from within. An especially peaceful oasis is the Jardin Majorelle, an Art Nouveau botanical garden that was a sanctuary for famed designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Inside you’ll not only find leafy greens and shaded walkways, but also the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech.