I visited Marrakech for the first time in 2010 and it's impact was profound. I remember photographing old scooters perched against burnt orange walls and falling in love with the hustle of the Medina and beauty of the shops. I see it now how that trip grew a love for moroccan interior and design. Going back to this place 8 years later, well, let's just say I literally was smiling uncontrollably and just felt so happy to be back.
We ended up here because I was in Barcelona for work, and it was $200 cheaper to fly two days later than we had originally planned (my husband came with). With a non stop $38 fare on Ryanair we found ourselves waking up in the middle of the Medina.
The trip was planned super last minute, and every riad on my Moroccan wishlist was booked up. After 3 failed attempts of booking an Airbnb (all three hadn't updated their calendars and weren't available) we landed at Cristiano and Patricia's Airbnb Riad.
This has been one of my top Airbnb experiences to date. They are the most gracious and welcoming hosts and .. as over used as it is.. they felt more like friends and family. The Riad itself is in a perfect location in Marrakech: close to the souks and Jemaa el Fnaa yet still tucked away in a quiet alleyway.
Because we only had practically a day in Marrakech, we hit the ground running after our epic breakfast with Cristiano and Patricia. We walked around the Souks all day, spent countless hours sipping tea while combing through rugs on rugs before another few hours of haggling down the prices.
We ate lunch at Nomad which is a freaking star of a place. The interiors are gorgeous and the view from the rooftop is stunning. Dinner was at Cafe des Epices (right across the square from Nomad) and the rest of the evening was spent sipping freshly squeezed juices at Jemaa el Fnaa.