As I mentioned in my previous post (part one here), Marrakesh is somewhere I’ve aaaalways wanted to go, and part of the reason we chose this holiday.
We were staying in Agadir, so Marrakesh was a fair drive away (3hrs and a 6am start eeeek) but I’m so glad we did it. The weather was a crazy 45°C, and we pretty much melted walking around all day in that heat so excuse my sweaty face!
Even the drive there was interesting. We passed houses made with mud and straw and the guide told us about how extreme it is to live rurally as water is so scarce.
The souk (market) was SUPER intense. It’s pretty much impossible not to get lost, especially when you’re trying to keep moving otherwise you get acosted by someone trying to sell you something, or knocked over by a motorbike driving down a street which is a metre wide. But I was blown away by how amazing everything looked, with goods hung from ceilings and all over walls and people making the stuff right in front of you. It’s really like Aladdin’s cave.
Out on the main square is also an experience, it’s so busy with carts and motorbikes and people and henna ladies (who can be very pushy) and snake charmers and monkey men. It’s literally something else.
I would love to go back to Marrakesh (when it’s A LOT cooler) as there were so many things we didn’t manage to see. It’s a proper culture change. And credit to the Moroccan people, I have no idea how they cope during Ramadan: 45 degree heat, not eating ALL day and getting on with their daily lives with no air conditioning!