Marrakesh is a place unlike anywhere else on the planet.
While it’s the gateway for tourist activities in the surrounding deserts and high Atlas Mountains, this city in central Morocco is also a destination in and of itself. And from the moment you enter the ancient medina (old centre), prepare for an all-out, unrelenting, and sustained assault on your senses.
To say Marrakesh is an extraordinary contradiction is to under-rate its diversity. From the European designer chic of Gueliz (the new town), to the delicate aroma of orange blossom and spices that pervades the air, and the seething mass of colour and character that is Djemaa El Fna square in the medina, Marrakesh is inspiring, confusing, chaotic, and utterly enchanting — all at the same time!
There are ten thousand things you could do here, but here are just ten things you really should do on a first visit to Marrakesh. After all, there’s no harm in leaving something for next time.