Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN MARRAKECH
Travelling to Marrakech is an open invite for chaos to enter your life – the Red City is every bit as frantic as you’d expect. With donkeys duelling with trucks for space on the road and snake charmers tricking unsuspecting tourists, it’s a good thing that Marrakech also has heavenly hammams and out-of-this-world culinary experiences to counterbalance the bedlam.
10am Start the day with a long, lazy brunch on the terrace of the colonial-style Le Grande Café de la Poste.
12pm Escape the searing heat of the Red City at high noon and retreat to the cool of Marjorelle Gardens. Owned and managed by the trust of Yves Saint Laurent, you don’t need to be a horticulturalist to appreciate the beauty of this place (it’s worth visiting for the shade alone).
3pm No visit to Morocco would be complete without getting steamy in a hammam. Head to Hammam de la Rose to get scrubbed, pummelled and covered in oil just like the locals do.
6pm Time to catch one of the greatest shows on earth. As the sun sets, the square of Djemaa el Fna awakens. Steam rises from the food stalls as musicians, storytellers, palm readers, and performers gather for their nightly rituals. Ascend the stairs of the Glacier Café to grab a prime position on the balcony, where you’ll score the best view.
8pm Put your game face on and head deep into the medina for dinner at the Earth Café – Morocco’s first organic, vegetarian and vegan restaurant.