I have always wanted to see what Morocco was all about. And, I can report that the Medina neighborhood of Marrakesh is as busy and bewildering as I had heard. Wander the streets, pass by thousands of shops, come across an open souk, watch the snake handlers, visit the old palaces...great time! I love the Moorish architecture and French influences
Staying inside the walled medina is the best way to immerse yourself in the city. This is where you will find the true vibrant nature of Marrakesh., with all the shopping and hustle and bustle you came to see, including plenty of open air street foods, and even snake charmers. However, if you have a car, you may find parking to be less than desirable. I tipped a vendor to keep an eye on my car for a few days, and he did just that. No issues at all.
19th century ornate palace with 160 rooms
pretty, tile decorated mausoleum surrounded by gardens.
remains of a 16th century palace that still has the orchards
Beach town about 3 hours west of Marrakesh. People come here for the beach and water.
You can stay inside the walled medina in plenty of Riads to choose from. However, it is not nearly as nice or clean as Marrakesh, so many people will stay in the resort hotels just south of the Medina, but very close to the beaches. I stayed in the median, but if I were to return, I likely wouldn't choose that again.