Well, anyone except my four friends. But, please, do not take an example from me.
I had two extra days in Milan so I decided to find cheap flight tickets and visit some new place. Luckily for me I found rather cheap tickets to Marrakesh. Morocco and especially Marrakesh had always been on my to visit list. I went there only for two days but it was worth it and I know I would like to return there one day and explore more of that beautiful country.
There was a driver waiting for me at the airport that took me to my accomodation (yeah, I felt like in an american movie). I stayed in a traditional riad (traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden or courtyard). There’s plenty of riads in the Medina of Marrakesh to choose from. I chose Riad Dar Radya because of good reviews but mostly because of great location very close to Jemaa el-Fnaa square. I could have chosen a hotel in the new part of town but I wanted something traditional. As a solo traveler I was looking for something with great accessibility to the square and not too far away from the Medina walls. And I couldn’t have chosen better. This riad had a beautiful roof terrace as well. However, it was still too cold in february to properly use it. They also made the best mint tea there. So if you are a solo female traveler I highly recommend this place.
It was really super close to the world famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square. You can find all sorts of vendors, entertainers, snake charmers, dancers or monkey trainers at the square. Henna painting was also very popular activity at the square. The square has its own life in the evening. It was full of locals, tourists and way more food stands than during the day. There are several streets full of souks (markets) leading to Jemaa el-Fnaa so it feels like one huge labyrinth of a marketplace. It is very easy to get lost there. You can find all sorts of spices, herbs, leather goods, berber slippers in every colour imaginable, argan oil products, carpets, lanterns or scarves there. If you love and have enough patience with bargaining that’s definitely a place to go. I didn’t buy a lot of souvenirs, just two scarves, argan oil and dates for my dad. The vendor of the dates was so nice and let me go up his stall to see how it looked like from the above.
Koutoubia mosque, the biggest mosque in Marrakesh, is just a short walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa. As you can see on the right you can even take a ride in one of the many horse carriages.
All the food I tried was delicious, even the snails.
My very short moroccan stay was a great experience. At first I was a little bit afraid because I was travelling alone but once you overcome fear it’s ok, even when you get lost 😛
Here are some of the remarks from my trip:
- It is possible for three people to ride on a motorbike, I should add that the third person was a toddler sitting between the parents
- I paid for a 3 km ride in a taxi less than for a 1 km taxi ride
- I haven’t seen a single pigeon, storks on the other hand were everywhere
- People in Marrakesh know more about slovak football than I do
- I learned that I’m apparently Harry Potter’s sister (I was wearing glasses), that was a way how one waiter wanted to lure me into his restaurant
- It’s better not to keep an eye contact with people If you are uncomfortable with unwanted attention from them
I was so obsessed with Atlas mountains, even before my trip, so I decided for the first time in my life to buy a window seat on my way back to enjoy the view to the fullest.