Marrakech

 
Riad_yasmine
 

In late January I traveled with friends to Marrakech for the first time.  It was a perfect escape from freezing New York City.  The weather was warm, but not hot, and the medina was a bit more manageable as it was not yet tourist season.

 
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riad_yasmine
 

We stayed at Riad Yasmine, which is located just outside the hustle and bustle of the medina.  If you follow Beautiful Hotels on Instagram or are on Pinterest you have probably seen photos of this stunning place.  I was delighted to find out that it is every bit as beautiful, if not more stunning in person.  The riad has plenty of space to relax including a rooftop, cozy living room, and of course the pool.  Riad Yasmine was recently renovated by a french couple who live and run it, and they are equally lovely as the space itself.  

 
riad_yasmine
 

Please excuse this horrible quality photo, but I wanted to show the adorable suite that I stayed in.  Each room is unique and it outfitted with fun bedding and weavings.

 
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We spent two days wandering the medina and buying everything from rugs and pillows to beach bags and woven baskets.  Marrakech's medina is slightly more expensive than Rabat's, however we were able to drive some pretty hard bargains with the shopkeepers, most likely because we were there when few tourists were around.

 
Marrakech
 

Marrakech is known as the red city because the clay that made the wall and most of the buildings has a rosy hue.

 
Nomad Restaurant

Nomad Restaurant

 

If you go, make sure to go to one of Marrakech's many rooftop restaurants and take in the views of the medina from a different perspective.  

 
Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

 

I felt safe in Marrakech, but would not go back alone.  If you go, make sure you bring a friend and ideally have a male with you.  The Moroccan men love to cat call, however if you are with another male they will not bother you.