While not the largest, nor the capital, Marrakech is one of the four Imperial Cities of Morrocco. Sitting at the base of the dramatic Atlas Mountains, this is a destination of incredible sights, culture, and intrigue. While for a long time it has been known as an adventurous and fun destination loved by families and solo travellers, more and more couples are enjoying a stay in the city every year.
Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that Marrakech was recently named the tenth most romantic city in the world. Whether your idea of romance comes from the traditional architecture, the scintillating views, the world-class gastronomy, or the vibrant nightlife – Marrakech has something to suit any couple, no matter your taste.
In this article, we take a look at why Marrakech is considered such a stunning destination for wedding anniversary holidays.
A city of history and culture
No doubt one of the things that attracts visitors from across the world to Marrakech is its storied history and cultural attractions. Known as the Red City, Marrakech’s culture is strongly influenced by Arab, Berber and Islamic civilisations. It has a mixed architecture that creates a truly stunning place even if you are just walking around the city centre.
Couples interested in learning about the history of Marrakech can visit The Museum of Marrakech – an art exhibition inside a historic palace. The museum hosts a mixture of contemporary and older pieces showcasing the dynamic culture Morrocco is famous for.
Accommodation options to suit everyone
For many, the quintessential Marrakech experience involves staying in a Riad. Riads are traditional Moroccan houses, often with a central courtyard and fountains, converted into hotels or guesthouses. They provide a luxurious and authentic experience, with many featuring traditional Moroccan decor and rooftop terraces. These riads offer a serene and intimate atmosphere, perfect for couples celebrating their wedding anniversary.
But Marrakech also boasts a range of stunning boutique hotels and luxurious resorts. You might even be interested in camping, in one of the many luxury tented camps on the outskirts of the city.
Traditional Moroccan cuisine and fine dining experiences
If a key part of your dream anniversary holiday experience is indulging in delicious food, Marrakech is a great option. For a true taste of Moroccan cuisine, couples can head to one of the city’s many traditional restaurants, where they can enjoy dishes such as tagine, couscous, and pastilla. These restaurants often referred to as ‘dar’ or ‘maison d’hôte’, are a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy delicious, authentic Moroccan food.
Marrakech also offers a variety of fine-dining options, including several Michelin-starred restaurants. These restaurants offer a more upscale dining experience, with menus featuring a fusion of traditional Moroccan and contemporary international cuisine.
A range of incredible activities
Of course, everyone’s definition of what makes an incredible anniversary is different. But ‘different’ is where Marrakech shines. There’s a truly fantastic range of things to do, and fun activities to take part in. It’s fun to explore the historic medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taking in the sights and sounds of traditional Morocco.
If relaxation is on the menu, you shouldn’t miss a visit to a Morocco hammam. There are public hammams which are akin to public baths, but also private hammams which are more like spas. Here you can get treatments such as massages and full-body scrubs.
It could be that you’re looking for something more adventurous, and Marrakech is great for this too. With such proximity to the Atlas Mountains, there are excellent opportunities for treks and hikes.
A shopper’s paradise
Retail therapy might be more up your street. And if you are looking for some fun shopping experiences with your partner, Marrakech has these in abundance. Local markets – known as souks – offer a unique chance to haggle with locals, and see a broad range of items from pottery and souvenirs to spices and textiles.
But Marrakech is a modern city, and you’ll also find malls and shopping outlets if you want the kind of experience you’re more used to.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Marrakech is the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in the city and the oldest mosque in Morocco. The mosque is a beautiful example of Almohad architecture and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. If you’ve got a head for heights, you can also climb the minaret for a panoramic view of the city.
Another popular attraction is the Bahia Palace, a magnificent palace built in the 19th century that was once home to a wealthy Moroccan noble. The palace is a stunning example of Moroccan architecture and offers visitors a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the city’s elite.
Other notable sights include the Saadian Tombs, the Palais de la Bahia, and the Jardin Majorelle.
Morocco’s ancient city of Marrakech has begun to welcome back tourists after the deadly earthquake killed thousands in the North African country…read more here.
About The Author
This page has been written by Justin Aldridge. Justin is passionate about helping couples to make their anniversary as special as possible. Justin enjoys being creative and coming up with different and inspiring ideas for couples to celebrate their anniversary in style each year.