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Craving a mini break that will fit the bill for a bit of fun in the sun — and let you have a bit of adventure as well? There’s no place quite like the northern African city of Marrakesh when you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path for vacation. Packed with sights, smells, and colours you won’t find anywhere else, the Moroccan city has something to offer seasoned travelers and newbies alike.
Marrakesh is often outshone by more well-known fellow Moroccan cities like Casablanca, which became well-known due to the popular movie of the same name, and Tangier, which is a favourite of tourists daytripping down from Spain via ferry.
Home to nearly a million people, Marrakesh welcomes around two million tourists per year to its streets. Famous for its sprawling marketplaces, or souks, you can find just about anything you’re looking for — from electronics to spices to clothing — at the many stalls that line the narrow lanes of the old town.
Strolling the city streets and bartering with vendors for cloth, crafts, and foodstuffs is an old tradition for residents and visitors alike. You’ll want to plan to wear something that will keep the summer sun off your shoulders, like a long-sleeved dress, like the Fiona from Wearable Stories, which pairs perfectly with your favourite white sneakers. Looking for something a bit shorter? Throw on the Lauren dress in cool bottle green with eye-catching sandals and you’re good to go.
Bring along a nice big bag for carrying all your goodies back to your hotel, and don’t miss your chance to pick up some of the many beautiful handicrafts created by the talented artisans of the Marrakesh area. Traditional crafts include beautifully woven carpets and scarves, as well as figurines carved out of cedar and orange wood.
Whether you’re looking for exotic spices, to explore the surrounding olive, orange, and lemon groves, or to wander the old town seeking locally made treasure, Marrakesh has become a must-see destination for all.