This time last week I had just returned from holiday in North Africa, Marrakech to be precise! My parents went for their anniversary a few years ago and loved it, so we decided it would be an adventure and perfect for our summer holiday this year!
We stayed in a Riad in the centre of Marrakech which was crazy. It was over 40 degrees, the food (lamb and prune/chicken and lemon tagines with couscous) was incredible, the souks were mind-blowing – it was crazily busy, with donkeys, motorbikes, and cars trying to squeeze down tiny lanes, little kittens everywhere, beautiful crafts; bags, slippers, jewellery, lanterns in the shops… the atmosphere was incredible (I will never moan at how busy Oxford Street is again!).
The Riad we stayed in (Riad Afrika) was perfect; we had a woman cook us breakfast (traditional Moroccan pancakes) every morning, as well as a roof terrace, plunge pool in the courtyard, and en suite bedrooms. We also spent a few hours in Yves Saint Laurent’s garden (Majorelle Garden) which was beautiful and very relaxing.
A gorgeous lantern shop and a view of the main square.
Me being vain on our roof terrace – just look at that view!
Posing next to a cactus in YSL’s garden and being a tourist with my sister and her boyfriend.
The second week was heaven on earth. Honestly, I have never been anywhere so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful (except maybe The Blue Mountains in Aus!). We rented a cute Kasbah just outside of Marrakesh (which looked like a sandcastle!), where we had a massive swimming pool all to ourselves, as well as pet peacocks, bunnies, chickens and goats running around. We also found a scorpion in our bath one day and a praying mantis on our sun lounger the next! All I did was read, sunbath (with spf50!), swim and feed the peacocks and bunnies, the perfect second part to the holiday.
I would really recommend visiting Morocco to everyone, it was a great adventure and I definitely want to visit again in a few years. Next time I want to climb the Atlas Mountains and take more spending money (and a bigger suitcase) so I can decorate my bedroom with lanterns, tassels and gorgeous ornaments.
Have you ever been to Morocco? Where is your favourite holiday destination?