Before Paris we took a trip to Marrakech. It was our first time visiting this vibrant and bustling city, and officially my seventh continent. We stayed at the Riad Kniza, a beautiful and luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city located within the Medina walls.
As usual we crammed a lot into our short stay but the highlight of our trip was a hot air balloon ride over Marrakech. After an early morning and a bit of a shaky start (we might have hit a palm tree for a moment on our ascent) it was truly a breathtaking experience, floating high above the city as the sun rose, taking in the panoramic views of the high atlas mountains.
The next day, we headed to the High Atlas mountains, a place of natural beauty and serenity. We were greeted by stunning mountain scenery and scenic valleys, and were able to take a guided hike to take in the stunning views. The scenery was breathtaking, and we were constantly in awe of the beauty that surrounded us.
We also had the opportunity to explore Marrakech’s markets with a local guide. He showed us around the different areas that specialised in different textiles such as wood and metalwork and rug-making. It was fascinating to see the intricate and beautiful work that went into each piece. The markets were bustling with vendors and shoppers, and the vibrant colors and sights were truly a feast for the senses.
One of the highlights of our trip was the also the feast we had at our hotel. The hotel’s restaurant is famous for its traditional Moroccan cuisine, and we were able to sample a variety of dishes, each more delicious than the last. We also took part in a Hamman within the hotel, a traditional Moroccan spa experience.
The trip to Marrakech was a unique and unforgettable experience. The city was full of life and energy, and the people were warm and friendly. The markets were a bit overwhelming with all the vendors, noises and animals, but it was all part of the experience. The sights, sounds and smells of the city were truly unforgettable.