Let’s face it, while we often go on holiday for the sun, sea and sights, we as travelers can also base our choice of destination on how Instagrammable it is. No trip would be complete without an abundance of snaps to remember it by, so before setting off on your travels, knowing where to spend your time getting picture-perfect snaps is essential to enjoying the journey–especially for a place like Morocco. Using this guide as your pre-trip inspiration, we place a spotlight on Marrakech, highlighting where to take your camera during your time there.
If you want an authentic time while staying in the Red City, then look no further than a traditional Moroccan riad. These hotel alternatives show the atmosphere and history of Marrakech at its very best, providing an insightful look into how the locals live. They are also easy to find throughout the city and offer a number of photo opportunities–from the classic internal architecture to the beautifully decorated central courtyards.
If you’re looking for inspiration, why not climb to the upper balcony and take some images of the beautiful mosaics, vegetation, and tapestries? At different times of the day, the lighting will allow you to capture the scene in a range of shades, colors, and lights. Catching the internal essence of a riad at night in particular offers a great shot (bring a tripod), and certainly one worthy of sharing with your Instagram followers.
As the main pulse of Marrakech, Jemaa el-Fnaa is the place to go if you are looking to soak up the vibe and atmosphere of Morocco. By day, the square is abuzz with entertainers, including snake charmers, musicians, fortune tellers and henna-tattoo artists. It also features an array of food stalls boasting traditional meat dishes, fresh orange juice, and other culinary delights.
You will want to make sure you have your camera with you when visiting this magical square, since it is the perfect place for you and your followers alike to experience the unique things this spot in Marrakech has to offer. Just make sure to keep a close eye on your phone, wallet, camera and other belongings while you’re there–you never know when or where a pickpocket or scam artist could be operating, so it’s important to stay focused and not get too distracted by the square’s enchanting atmosphere.
The creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle, Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle, is an Instagrammer’s dream. One of the most popular locations throughout Morocco, the garden took nearly half a century to complete, with the French artist injecting his passion and creativity into his work over a 40-year period. Today, the garden features over 300 species of plants set around a number of enchanting lanes and tranquil streams.
A far cry from the busyness of the Jemaa el-Fna square, visiting the garden is perfect for anyone looking for a relaxed break away from the city. It’s also the ideal place to get a photo or ten, since Majorelle’s work is the definition of photogenic.
THE MEDINA OF MARRAKECH
Visiting the enchanting souks at the medina Marrakech should be on every traveler’s must-do list. Whether you’re looking for snaps of the city’s local handicrafts, food or the many traditional shops offer items for sale, you’ll find plenty of fodder for your pictures. It’s easy to spend hours upon hours getting lost in the labyrinth of enticing streets here, wandering amongst the various treasures that Marrakech’s vendors have to offer.
One thing to bear in mind if you’re looking to take pictures of the souks is the lighting. Try and visit during the morning or the evening, where the sun will be softer and easier to work with. Also, be prepared to pay a few dirham for the luxury of snapping pictures of any vendors or stalls–many Moroccans don’t like having their picture taken, so you should ask their permission before getting overly snap happy.
You’ll also likely need an extra battery or two for your camera. Visiting the souks at Marrakech’s medina is truly an experience like no other, so the last thing you want is for your camera to die while you’re wandering around soaking up the atmosphere.
Do you have any tips for photographers headed to Marrakech?
Header photo by Macia Serrano.