The Marvelous Madness that is Marrakech, Morocco

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Morocco was always on my bucket list, but when I came across a photo of this decadent hostel (with a pool, hello) I just knew I had to go. That’s how much I love a good hostel. So, I enlisted my Euro travel buddy and after a short visit to her family in Spain we hopped on a plane to Marrakech. We paid a whopping $12 for a our flight. So…ya know, that was a stretch of the pocket book.

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Marrakech is a magnificent city. Marrakech is like no other city I’d been before. Wandering around (getting lost repeatedly) the maze that is inside the medina walls, it feels as if time had been frozen. Around very corner was something else I just needed to photograph.

Where To Stay:

Equity Point Hostel is such a gem. It’s one of the few hostels within the medina walls and the architecture, the ambiance, the pool, the rooftop – all stunning. You will have a hard time believing it is a hostel. Be sure to grab dinner and smoke a little shisha with hostel mates on the roof. Can’t say enough great things about this establishment.

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What To Do:

Getting lost in the dizzying network of souks anywhere in the medina – discovering all the trinkets, pashminas, shoes, spices, and jewelry you can buy. Trying the dried fruit or the Moroccan donuts. Making friends with shop keepers. Haggling prices. It’s all an amazing experience.

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Jemaa el-Fna – The main square and market place. During the day grab a cup of the best fresh squeezed orange juice of your life, and in the evening wander the sea of food stalls set up every evening for some out-of-this world food!

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Nikki Beach Resort Beach Club – If you’re in dire need of a fresh dip in the pool, this place provides a respite from the heat.

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Ride a camel – Near Nikki beach we did an hour camel ride (we wished we’d had more days to do a trek in the dessert). Camels are peculiar creatures. Be sure to hold on tight when they are getting up or down onto their front legs!

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Grand Hotel Tazi – As alcohol sales are not allowed inside the medina walls, this is a close spot if you’re craving an alcoholic beverage.208120_10100300231455611_3967850_n

Cafe Argana – A touristy spot, but it does offer a fantastic view above Jemma El-Fna. A week after I ate here, someone bombed it. So that’s a little disconcerting.

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La Marrakchi – View of el-Fna, classic decor, and a delicious vegetable tagine.

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