Saturday, 19 March 2016

Adventures around Marrakech

Marrakech - the red city - is full of magical experience both within the medina walls and outside. If you have half a day or a day to spend there are many exciting adventures to embark on around the city. In this blog post we share a few of our favorites. All within one hour or so from the ancient Marrakech medina.

A vintage bike ride
Insiders Experience arrange guided tours for 2 in the most amazing vintage motor bikes with a side car. The bikes are replicas of the iconic M72 motor cycle from the second world war. We enjoyed a half day tour of both the medina and the palmeraie and allthough we thought we knwe everything about Marrakech we got to experience places we had never seen. This is a really amazing and unique way to explore the suroundings of Marrakech. Insiders Experoence also arrange airport pick ups with these bikes - how cool is that!

Exploring the palmeraie area on a vintage bike is a really cool experience

A hot air balloon ride
To see the suroundings of Marrakech from above at dawn from a hot air balloon is a silent and beautiful way to take in the landscape. Finish of your balloon trip in style with a champagne breakfast at your landing site.

Up, up and away

The cactus garden and Musee de Palmeraie
Juat a five minute taxi drive from the medina you find Musee de Palmeraie and a beautiful cactus garden. This is a tranquaile place to visit and have a brunch or just walk around, there are also art exhibitions in the surounding buildings.

Thorn in my side, a beautiful cactus garden

Palais du Saffron
Saffron is known as the red gold of Africa and to visit one of the saffron farms around Marrakech is always a nice experience. Harvest time is in October but all year around you can enjoy the gardens, farms, animals and  learn more about saffron. Our favorite farm is Palais du Saffron.

Harvest time at the saffron farm in October

The Atlas Mountains
The gorgeous and dramatic Atlas mountains are always present as a majestic backdrop of Marrakech and they are easy accessible, just a one hour drive from Marrakeh you find yourself up in the fresh air with magnicific views, nice trekking routes and breathtaking nature. Ourigane valley or Ourika valley are both excellent options for a day trip and a nice lunch. Or why not stay over at charming Kasbah Bab Ourika or posh Kasbah Tamadot.

The stunning Atlas mountains 

Go skiing!
Also a one hour drive from Marrakech you reach the small ski resort Oukaimeden, where you can go skiing and enjoy a nice lunch. Make sure you check if it is snow before you go. Normally you will find snow January-March.

Skiing just one hour from the heat of the medina

Ocean Break (go surfing!)
A two hour drive from Marrakeh you find Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. This hippie chic fishing town has some excellent restaurants, great sea food and excellent waves for surfing.

Essaouira blue

Enjoy a beautiful garden, great lunch and a nice pool!
There are several country clubs outside Marrakech where you can go to enjoy a swimming pool and lunch, for instance Beldi Country Club or Maison Arabe Country Club. Our favorite is beautiful Jnane Tamsna, that is also a super stylish hotel, in the Palmeraie. Here you can relax by the pool, eat a great lunch and enjoy the beautiful organic gardens and award winning architecture.

Beautiful Jnane Tamsna

Be impressed by beautiful Arabian horses
Palais Selman is a resort close to Marrakech, where there is also an amazing spa. We come here to chill out by the pool and visit the amazing stables. Here the most beautiful Arabian horses live in stables that look more like palaces. 

The horses of Palais Selman

OK, so we don't do golf but a lot of people visit Marrakech to golf thanks to the beautiful weather all year round and the world class golf courts here. The most stunning one is probably Royal Palm. 

A golf green with a view

We can strongly recommend you to explore some adventures and activities outside the medina. We are celebrating easter in pre-Roman Arpino in Italy and spending time on a very exciting project. Stay tuned for update!