Often pegged as Morocco’s most invigorating city, Marrakech is an ideal honeymoon spot for the couple seeking an evocative destination. Couples who touch down in Marrakech are treated to a city rich in history and culture. With its sandstone buildings, sandy streets and minarets, Marrakech certainly has a compelling exterior. However, within its historic medina, Marrakech invites the traveler to get to know it famous souks. These lively markets offer up a whirlwind of color, noise, sights and exotic goods. Toss in the city’s knack for architecture, from its bubbling courtyard fountains to its carved archways and you have the perfect backdrop for an exotic honeymoon.
When To Go
Before you start booking your honeymoon to Marrakech, you might want to know its seasons. Fall and spring are some of the best times to visit the city because temperatures are comfortable. Spring brings an abundance of color to the surrounding hills and valleys. Fall, on the other hand, still allows for sunbathing and swimming without the excruciatingly hot temperatures of July and August. If you prefer to travel when the crowds do, Marrakech’s busiest season is the holiday season. Throughout December and January, the city gets busy and bustling. During this time, it is best to book all your accommodations, tours and dinners well in advance.
What To See
Marrakech is full of historic sights for honeymooners to visit. Most travelers begin their sightseeing at Jemaa el Fna, the main square in the city. For centuries, the square has provided the setting for some of Marrakech’s most colorful characters. Here you can see snake charmers, fortunetellers, magic carpets and fire-eaters. Branching out from the square are bazaars, mosques and terraced cafes.
Right from Jemaa el Fna, couples can experience a classic Marrakech sightseeing adventure while roaming the souks. The markets of the city offer a never ending canvas of goods, from carpets to tea to spices to handmade crafts. While the souks of Marrakech can be a bit intimidating and dizzying for the first timer, you can always hire a guide to lead you to the best vendors and craftspeople in town.
In addition to the souks, Marrakech is known for its palaces. For a taste of what the city once was, the Badi Palace is a good starting point. Though it was looted shortly after its construction, the palace still boasts painted wood, ceramics and symmetrical gardens. Then again, couples can merely get lost within the city’s ancient walls and uncover many beautiful buildings on their own.
What To Eat
Marrakech is littered with dining options. Most restaurants have European and Moroccan cuisine. However, the city has stepped it up a notch by providing more and more international dining options too. Even so, honeymooners will have a hard time pulling themselves away from traditional Moroccan cuisine. While most locals eat at home, travelers are treated to some of the best restaurants in the country. Couples will find no shortage of eateries where the ambiance is on par with what one would expect in the fictional world of Arabian Nights. Travelers should not miss the chance to sample street food while in town, but you should be aware that some dishes are more tempting than others. Marrakech's most popular dishes include slow roasted lamb and meats, hearty soups and kebabs. Couples will want to be sure to have tanjia on their visit. The local dish of slow cooked lamb or beef is cooked in hot ashes for a whole day before serving.
Where To Stay
To escape the charming chaos of the heart of Marrakech on your honeymoon, you can head just 20 minutes outside of the city center to Taj Omayma, a luxury estate set amidst desert and mountain landscapes. The boutique property provides a luxurious North African honeymoon experience right outside of town. The 16-bedroom estate combines traditional Moroccan designs with modern touches, offering couples an idyllic and romantic escape. Guestrooms feature en suite baths, air conditioning and personal touches. Some rooms even boast fireplaces for cozy nights. In addition to serving up the finest Moroccan dishes for lunch and dinner, Taj Omayma also boasts an on site spa where couples can experience a hamman, a traditional Moroccan bath.
Have you ever considered a honeymoon in Marrakech? What do you find attractive about this city?