We travelled to Marrakech once more recently. If we first thought of writing another guide in the “Slow Travel Guides” series about this city, we were struggling with how to help you with such a complex destination. For now, we are offering a Slow Travel experience of ours in this beautiful region of Marrakech the Red!
Why we love Morocco
We already visited Morocco three times and will go back very soon. We certainly enjoy this beautiful country! There are so many other places in the whole world to discover. But Morocco, and particularly Marrakech, definitely seems to be attracting us.
This city has so many appealing advantages to deliver to anyone who takes time to know her. There are hundreds of beauties hidden at each street corner, the kindness of people, mild to warm weather all year long, one of the best cuisines in the world, some beautiful historic places, etc.
Beyond the streets of Marrakech, you can also discover some very authentic and different places. The Atlas and its amazing wild sceneries and hidden villages, the coastal line with Essaouira the white city, and, further, the mystery of the dunes and the desert with its Berber camps.
Each time we go, we discover and fall in love with something new.
When to go to Marrakech
We already tried different seasons, but spring will remain our favourite one. At this time of the year, winter rains, if we can complain about rain in countries like this one, are over, and the summer heat is not already settled, though you can benefit from nice warm weather already.
Whether you want to stay in the busy streets of Marrakech, visit the Berber camps in the desert or go for a trek in the Atlas, springtime is a glorious season!
Where we went this time
We mostly love to visit the southern part of Morocco. That’s why we love to land at Marrakech airport. And as we said, we love the city anyway! But we don’t stay in Marrakech the whole time. We like to enjoy the surroundings too. There are plenty of choices: from a day trip to several days, remaining less than a day driving from the “Red City.” This nickname is coming from the red colour often used to cover the houses.
This time we enjoyed a little bit more of the Atlas Mountains. If we didn’t have time to fully immerse in a more extended trek, the little we had was enough to understand that we’ll go back for more. The Atlas is a magic place. A constant mix of the green foliage, the fruits and the flowers, and the red rocks on the arid upper parts of the mountains.
What we discovered
We discovered even more welcoming people, in remote places. We found a well-balanced life, between the difficulties of living in the mountains, and the benefit of the freshness naturally presents there. The people we encountered are not rich by means but rich with life and generosity.
Along with our walks, we discovered nature in different countries. Going for a trek is the best way to enjoy the earthly beauties. We did that so many times in temperate climates such as Europe or Northern America, but we discovered something completely new in the Atlas Mountains.
Who we met
First of all, we met people, native or not, passionate, and willing to help Morocco growing. We discovered a way to enjoy tourism without being a torment for the people living in a touristic country and depending so much on it.
During this stay, we also met an eco-tourism organization which offers so many possibilities to enjoy Morocco and its treasures. To conclude, we met some very passionate people, and that is what we are excited about! All these people love Morocco and want the rest of the world to love it too!
When you leave for Morocco it’s an experience
This is the final question about this post. HOW? How can we help you enjoy the same experiences? Well, Morocco is different from France, England, USA… We realize that many tend to feel it as being a more distant country regarding its culture, its language maybe. A post or even a book would not help break this barrier.
We read some posts from people travelling to Morocco and saying how much they loved it, and how beautiful it is, describing it thoroughly. That’s only after that they explain how adventurous they have been when they escaped the tranquillity of their hotel and went for a walk in the souks or to the historical Jemaa El-Fna square for one or two hours. No judgement here, because we believe that each one much has an enjoyable experience that matches her/his criteria. But considering that these persons present themselves as expert travellers, guide writers even, about Marrakech, we truly understand how unreachable this country is for many.
Dive into Moroccan civilization
Visiting countries like Morocco is more than few pictures on a beautiful magazine coming true; it’s a full experience. There are some colours, the temperature, the people in the streets. But there’s also the smell (yes you may hear that Marrakech smells lovely with all these spices, it’s true! You’ll find some sweet smells if you get out of your big bus with air conditioning, right into a beautiful modern shop filled with packed spices and beautiful carpets, and air conditioning.
Follow me here, I love Morocco, I do, but there is no way someone who’s never been there already can find a “lovely” smell in the streets. There is dust, noise, lots of people during the day, you’ll smell goats, and welding, maybe a little barbecue from time to time, mixed with the previous ones, but no way you’ll find the souk smelling nice.
But that’s good! Because you are not here to smell the streets, you have back at home. Which, by the way, don’t smell so good either. My point is, you are here to experience what other people live in their daily life. You are here to love it or enjoy it, then understand how comfortable your life is, and maybe how these people feel, and how difficult it is for them to understand your life.
Travelling is starting to understand how little we know about the world, regardless what the Internet or the newspapers are trying to make us believe. Sometimes it’s a dream; sometimes it’s difficult, but anyway it’s an experience, and maybe an adventure!
Some more Marrakech Magic!
Visit the beautiful Marrakech Riad (a real historic one!) through this post:
If you want to learn a little bit of history about the Red City, and its Souks:
If you want to know more about our way of Slow Travelling: