Marrakech ticks all the exotic boxes you could think of - snake charmers, pugilists, acrobats, soothsayers, belly dancers, veiled women and hooded men all intermingling in the labyrinth back-alleyways of an ancient walled city punctuated with minarets and parapets. The Arab world and Africa...more
Pointy shoes, leather bags, scarfs and hubbly bubbly fans rejoice, this is your paradise. All that and more than a few things you can't even imagine (magic potions, anyone?), await in the old medina of Marrakech.
If you think a trip to Marrakech just wouldn't be complete with a camel ride, grab a taxi and head out to Le Palmerie where you'll find encampments galore eager to get you up on a one hump beast of burden for tour around the palm oasis. Camels, palm oasisis and sunsets - what could be more exotic...more
Hammam Ziani serves up a traditional Moroccan bath the way it should be: leisurely, throughly and inexpensively (18 Euros). After you strip down to your undies (or nothing at all if you prefer), expect to be steamed, doubly soaped and splashed with very warm water. This is followed by exfoliation...more
The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and is a fine example of the Almohad style of architecture popular in the 12th century. It was the prototype for the Giralda of Seville actually and its name is so derived because they used to sell manuscripts in its environs....more
Djemaa el Fna is the epitome of exotic. The sights, sounds and smells of Arabic Africa assault your senses at every turn. Snake charmers, soothsayers, amateur pugilists, roaming musicians and water bearers alike wander the food labyrinth stalls of smoke and fire serving everything from snail...more
The ramparts of Marrakech will make you feel like you've stepped into a TinTin adventure - the setting is that exotic, that evocative. If you've ever fantasized about the Islamic world (or seen Aladdin) the ramparts of Marrakech were your avatar....more