Within minutes of arriving in Morocco you’ll learn a new word: ‘Balek!’ Rough translation: ‘Move it or lost it, donkey coming through!’ This is a city on the move, so you better budge and watch in awe as Marrakech rushes ahead. But where is everyone going in such a hurry? As Africa’s first Capital of Culture, Marrakech has a hot date with you, actually. There are new museums to curate, rooftop restaurants to open, riads (courtyard mansions) to renovate and souks to supply. Luckily, showing guests a good time comes readily to Marrakchis. The Jemaa el-Fna has enchanted visitors for a millennium with its chorus of chefs and Gnaoua musicians banging out funky freedom songs on ginbris (three-stringed banjos). So, settle in for the ride of your life – you sure as hell won’t forget this trip.
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