We knew Morocco was going to be pretty spectacular on the senses and we certainly were not disappointed with the five senses of Marrakesh. If you stay in the heart of the Medina, be prepared for sensory overload as you would expect, but also search out the little spaces of tranquility that make your stay complete.
As with all holidays, there is so much more that we wished we had had the chance to visit, although this does give me the potential opportunity to return with an empty suitcase to fill up with an abundance of interior delights and bargains for the home. Put it this way, if I was about to do up a house again, I would head to the Souks of Marrakesh for some stunning inspiration and gorgeous products.
Colour is undoubtably my most dominant memory of being in Morocco, be it in the centre of Marrakesh, or out on the coast. From the pink hues of the outer walls of the buildings, to the intense detail of the interiors, you can look, look and look again and still see something different every time. The sights are so varied and you can move from the craziness of the snake charmers, to the stylish bliss of Jardin Majorelle depending on your mood on any particular day.
The hum of the traffic and beeps of the motorbikes as they whip past you in the narrow strips of the souks is just something you quickly get used to. My lasting memory though is the echo of the calls to prayer from the mosque towers, especially as the sun sets and the bustle of the work day switches to the entertainment of the night.
From sweetened mint tea in silver teapots to slow roasted tagines of vegetables, the tastes of Moroccan food and drink are a subtle blend of flavours worth savouring. The night food stalls of Djemaa el-Fna are absolutely worth a visit, even if you decide not to eat there, but personally, like with all local street food, I would follow basic guidelines and enjoy the traditional food cooked right in front of you.
I spent more time photographing floors in this city than anywhere else I’ve been to in my time. Moroccan tiles are some of the best in the world for a reason. Just stunning levels of intricacy and you want to run your hands along all the interiors of buildings to check they are real. When not in museums, or beautiful palaces, you will find you want to pick up and touch everything in the souks, but resist the urge as you know the bartering will then commence.
So many aromas fill your senses during your time in Marrakesh, from the fresh elements of nature, to the grittier, urban smells of the wool dyeing and leather tanneries. The freshly squeezed juice of the oranges that grow everywhere in the city on the trees, the market stalls crammed with bundles of mint leaves and the barbecue smoke of kebabs are just some of the things that make you hungry as you walk around the central areas.
This is just a fraction of the images I took during our stay there and I can highly recommend a trip to Marrakesh.