Top 5 Things To Do In Marrakech This Spring
Spring is a great time to visit Marrakech. Through April and May the days start to warm up, the skies are clear and it’s the perfect time to explore all that the city has to offer. Here are our top five recommendations for things to do as as head into spring in Marrakech.
1. Create Your Bespoke Moroccan Rug
Finding vintage Moroccan rugs to fit European and American homes can be a challenge because they’re usually rectangular – but modern rugs can fall short on the quality of materials and design. Enter Beni Rugs who’ve cleverly solved that problem. They honour age-old production techniques – wool gathered from sheep in the Atlas Mountains is washed and spun before being hand-knotted by artisans – but also allow you to customise shape, colour and pattern. You can see the rugs in production at their beautiful showroom 20 minutes outside Marrakech – and decide exactly how you’re going to dress your floors.
2. Soak Up Spring
All you need for this one is to take a wander. Marrakech is full of colour at this time of year – from the acid pop of mimosa in early spring to the soft purple of jacaranda trees. The star of the show however is bougainvillea. You’ll find it cascading down the sides of buildings in a blaze of fuchsia all over town.
The African arts scene is buzzing and Marrakech is one of its key hubs. Our co-owner Vanessa Branson, a gallerist, collector and founding president of the Marrakech Biennale has picked her top highlights for art in the city this spring. You can read more here.
4. Ben Youssef Medersa
If there is one historic building we recommend everyone sees it’s Ben Youssef Medersa. The former koranic school encapsulates all the beauty of Arabic art – from the symmetry of patterns to intricate tiling into one serene space.
5. Sidi Ghanem
The so-called ‘industrial area’ has long been a destination for in-the-know interior designers but the best places were scattered and took some local knowledge to find. A slew of recent openings however means that the area now offers an exciting day’s shopping. You’ll find everything from homeware and vintage furniture, to art, clothing and garden furniture. Pop into cult clothing brand Marrakshi Life to see their weavers at work before stopping for lunch at Le Zinc.