Marrakech can take a bit of getting used to. It’s busy, it’s hot. Get a feel for the place and its rich history by heading into the medina. Visit the beautiful palaces including the 19th century Bahia Palace, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Wander the maze of narrow streets and try not to be overwhelmed by all the activity in Djemaa el Fna square. Linger here until evening and sample the local foods. If gardens are your thing, or if you just need to see trees rather than people for a while, head out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by expat French artist Jacques Majorelle.
Of course, you must go shopping in the souk! The markets here sell everything you can imagine and it’s as much about performance as trade with haggling raised to an artform. You can buy everything from fruit and vegetables, to spices, clothing, leather, jewelry, furniture, and of course, souvenirs. Marrakech is also about hammams, relaxing and healing through water and massage.