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Bahia Palace, Jardin Secret & Exotic Ski Resort in Marrakech, Morocco

Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore - Koutoubia Mosque and horse & carriage

Koutoubia Mosque and horse & carriage ride.

I’m really excited to interview Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore of Riad La Vie about Marrakech, Morocco. Daniel and Izdihar’s tips for the best things to do in Marrakech are awesome because Izdihar grew up in Morocco and she met Dan during a Top Secret mission. During a vacation in Morocco, a business opportunity presented itself, and, now, they own a boutique hotel that blends old-world charm and modern conveniences.

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Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore - Jama el Fna traditional market by Calin Stan on Unsplash

Jama el Fna traditional market. Photo by Calin Stan on Unsplash.

Marrakech, Morocco

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Marrakech, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore - Riad La Vie rooftop

Rooftops are a big part of the local culture. This is the rooftop at Riad La Vie.

Getting around Marrakech

The local airport is Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), which is about a 20-minute drive into the city. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Daniel and Izdihar say that there’s no need to rent a car since most attractions are accessible on foot. While Uber and Lyft are not available in Marrakech, taxis are abundant when you don’t feel like walking. You can also rent a car for about $30 a day if you want your own private ride. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore - Tangia Marrakech delicacy

Tangia is a stew served in a clay pot. It is a Marrakech delicacy.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore about Marrakech, Morocco. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Marrakech, Morocco
  • Green dots = best things to do in Marrakech, Morocco
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Marrakech, Morocco

Who is Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore?

Daniel is a veteran Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller. Izdihar graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs. She supported the Department of Defense as an intelligence analyst and Arabic/French linguist. They met during a Top Secret mission at an undisclosed location.

Since 2015 they have built numerous businesses and grown their family. Currently, Daniel is the Director of Training for GORUCK while Izdihar is thriving in motherhood and managing all things Riad La Vie.

Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore with their son

Dan and Izdihar Skidmore with their son

You can connect with Daniel and Izdihar on their website and on Facebook and Instagram. And you can book a stay at Riad La Vie on

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Daniel and Izdihar’s tips for Marrakech.

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Best things to do in Marrakech Morocco - Daniel and Izdihar Skidmore at Bahia Palace

Dan and Izdihar at Bahia Palace.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Listen to the next episode when Tim Heale of The Tim Heale Podcasts shares the best things to do in Gosport, UK. . In this episode, we talk about the Explosive Museum, Stokes Bay, and the Isle of White. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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