4 Days in Magical Marrakesh: The Ultimate Girls Getaway Itinerary
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When I was looking for the ideal local to gather together my girlfriends to celebrate a milestone birthday Marrakesh grabbed my attention because of its cultural richness, vibrant markets, delicious cuisine and its hammams and spas. Marrakesh did not disappoint. We also got outside of the city and hiked the Atlas Mountains, touring Berber towns and learning about Berber traditions and cuisine.
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Day 1: Arrive in the Atlas Mountains
Recover from your jet lag by spending spending your first day in the Atlas Mountains at Kasbah Talmadot, a luxurious boutique hotel located in the foothills of the mountains. Owned by Richard Branson, this is one of the most beautiful properties I've stayed in and the service was amazing. Schedule a guided Atlas Mountain walking tour to explore the Berber villages. Take a break from your hike and enjoy a traditional berber lunch and mint tea with spectacular mountain views. In the evening, relax in the hotel's beautiful gardens and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Marrakesh
Leave the Atlas Mountains and head into the city of Marrakesh. Spend your first day in Marrakesh by exploring Marrakesh's spice district, where you will be greeted with a kaleidoscope of colors and smells. The narrow streets are lined with stalls and shops selling everything from saffron and cumin to paprika and cinnamon. You will also find a variety of dried fruits, nuts and traditional Moroccan sweets. End your night with a dinner at Comptoir Darna to have traditional Moroccan cuisine with belly dancers putting on a show.
Day 3: Explore the Medina
Spend your first full day in Marrakesh exploring the Medina, the historic district of the city. Visit the Bahia Palace, the 19th-century palace with lavish room decorated by Moroccan artisans and beautiful gardened courtyards. Stop to see the remains of the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs. Also be sure to take in the views of the 12th-Century Koutoubia Mosque. Stop for lunch at Nomad, a trendy restaurant with great views of the Medina from its rooftop. After lunch, wander around the narrow streets and alleys and explore the souks (markets) and buy traditional Moroccan handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, spices and textiles. End your day with a walk through Djemaa el-Fina, the main public square in Marrakesh, where musicians, henna artists, magicians and other performers put on a show. This evening, relax from the hustle and bustle of the Medina and enjoy dinner poolside at La Maison Arabe.
Day 4: Moroccan Gardens & Desert
Visit the Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful botanical garden with vibrant blue buildings. After head to Gueliz, Marrakesh's new town, and check out the upscale boutiques and art and antiques galleries. Stop for lunch at Le Grand Cafe de la Poste. In the evening, head off to a dinner in the Agafay Desert, where you will enjoy a sunset camel ride followed by a traditional Berber feast under the starts at the tented camp with local musicians providing the entertainment.
Day 5: Pampering
Attend a cooking class at Maison Arabe to learn how to prepare traditional Moroccan dishes. After enjoying the lunch you prepared, spend the afternoon relaxing in a luxurious spa. Indulge in a traditional hammam experience followed by a massage and other treatments. Le Spa by Cinq Mondes in La Mamounia is a great option. Enjoy your final evening with a cocktail at the Churchill Bar at La Mamounia and dinner at one of the Jean Georges restaurants at the resort.
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