A breath of the Orient

Text: Anna Hettegger


If you’re looking for a location with a hint of the Orient, Marrakesh is the place to be. A stroll through the city known as the “red city” will provide you with the perfect insight into the diversity of Morocco. Put your bargaining skills to the test when haggling for handmade leather goods, artistically woven carpets or delicious spices at the famous traditional markets, the “souks”, or visit the snake charmers and jugglers at the well-known Jemaa el-Fnaa square for a truly captivating experience. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, simply head to one of the numerous rooftop terraces in the Medina to enjoy stunning views of the vibrant life below. Our tip for Marrakesh: go for a stroll through the Majorelle Garden, a botanical garden covering an area of 4,000m2 that was purchased by the French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. The garden is the perfect place to rest and relax away from the buzz of activity in the “Pearl of the South”.


You can also relax in one of the city’s up-and-coming restaurants, for example the Nomad, a stylish restaurant above the rooftops of the Medina. Delicious delicacies can additionally be found at Le Jardin, a truly magical oasis located in a lovingly restored building dating back to the 16th century, where you can treat your taste buds to a fine selection of Moroccan and European chic cuisine.

Places to stay

The ultimate place to stay in Marrakesh is without a doubt a riad, a traditional Moroccan house with a cute little courtyard. A prime example of a traditional riad is La Mamounia, which is located just a five-minute walk away from the Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Morocco’s most famous hotel brings together the Orient and Moroccan tradition and combines them with ultimate luxury and sophisticated modernity. If its walls could talk, they would certainly have plenty to tell: the hotel has been frequented by many famous guests, for example Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Elton John and Paul McCartney. Another charming hotel is the Hotel Les Deux Tour, which, just like La Mamounia, is surrounded by an extensive garden and is located just a few minutes away from the Medina. This hotel also offers a special highlight in the form of residences with a private pool or jacuzzi. If you’re looking for a colourful and modern place to stay but also like your fair share of luxury, you’re sure to love the El Fenn Hotel. The hotel is named after the Moroccan word for cool and certainly lives up to its name, with plenty of little nooks in and around the building making it the perfect place to chill out and take a break.


La Mamounia Marrakesch

ab € 579.- / Nacht