A hive of activity year round, Marrakech fizzes along with its varied menu of delights to tourists from the world over. As we have covered a number of these in previous posts we thought it would be useful to mention a short selection of alternative attractions, most of them outside the city of Marrakech itself.
1) The Berbers of Morocco. The Berber Cultural Centre offers a glimpse into the history and culture of Morocco’s indigenous people (Arabs began to arrive only in the 8th century) comprising around half of the population today, most of them in the south-west and the mountainous areas of the High and Middle Atlas.
This fascinating centre reveals the full colourful history and customs of the Berber people from pre-Arab times to the present day.
2) Jetski in Marrakech! Why not?! Just 30 minutes from Marrakech, at the foot of the High Atlas, snow capped in winter, you’ll find Lake Takerkoust, home to Atlas Jet and a private beach. Here you can ‘max out’ on thrills thanks to the latest Yamaha jetskis.
3) Chill out at La Plage Rouge. This is definitely one for the younger hip traveller! A perfect venue for relaxing just 10 kms away from the hubbub of Marrakech centre. Expect sophisticated cocktails and right-on DJ’s playing some of the best tunes under the sun in an oasis of cool!
4) Cook up a storm. Les Borjs de la Kasbah offers regular cookery classes at the hotel, for guests and non-residents. Each course takes place in the morning, at the end of which participants consume, in the dining room, the dishes they have prepared themselves with the chef in the hotel’s kitchen.
The cookery courses in Marrakech, which can be tailored to specific requirements and tastes by allowing participants to select (providing they can all agree!) the three dishes they wish to produce from a list of options, are intended to give an insight into the secrets of Moroccan cuisine, notably the use in it of local herbs and spices which characterise many of the country’s classic dishes.
5) Looking at trees, rather special trees! Located on the Route de Targa, north of the roundabout at the end of Avenue Mohammed V, these are trees noted for their very clever, intricate carvings. Tree sculptures well worth a detour