Waking up in ancient Marrakesh you have the opportunity to explore the ancient medina with a local guide, with emphasis placed on some more unusual sites such as communal bread ovens, workshops and a walk through a traditional neighbourhood, as well as visits to some of the city’s best monuments and souks (markets). Another option is to join a cookery workshop where participants shop for ingredients in the markets prior to preparing a traditional meal in a riad close to the souks. After preparation students dine on what they have created, washing it down with a glass or two of Moroccan wine! Overnight in Marrakesh.
Meal plan: Breakfast
Marrakesh (Marrakech in French) is the capital of the Moroccan south, an oasis town in hues of red, ochre and pink, rising up out of the dusty plains to the north of the Atlas Mountains. The ancient centre, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is said to be the second largest medieval complex in the world after Cairo. The medina (old town) of Marrakech is a beguiling labyrinth of alleyways, souks (markets) and workshops where little has changed since the Middle Ages. Although Marrakesh has a small selection of monuments and museums, such as the ancient Badi and Bahia Palaces, a world-famous botanical garden - Les Jardins Majorelle - and an impressive 12th Century rampart surrounding the city's medina, the real draw is the colourful, lively and exotic atmosphere of the main square, Djemaa El-Fna. The square is famous for it's orange-juice vendors, healers, henna tattoo artists, snake charmers, astrologers and acrobats. There are around 100 restaurants on Djemaa El-Fna, specializing in barbecues, tasty cooked salads and steaming snails. For the ultimate dinner theatre, look no further than the Gnaoua drummers, male belly dancers and Berber musicians surrounding the Djemaa dining action.