We moved from El Jadida after filming sunset at the beach. Although we risked arriving in Marrakesh in midnight I couldn’t skip this sunset because it was exceptional for me due to its reflection on wet sand. The driving by car took longer than we expected which was about 2,5 hours. We drove through seemingly interesting arid, desertified areas but we couldn’t see much in the dark night. By the time we arrived at “By Hotel” we were very tired and fell asleep as soon as got in the bed.
Next day our first stop was Garden Majorelle. It is an artistic botanic garden with a mansion in the middle. It is a very touristic place and you have to pay around $7 for the entrance. After taking some photographs there, we made our way to Jemaa el-Fnaa. This is a large market place in the middle of old medina. Here you can find some shops with souvenir, clothing or argan oil. In addition there are snake charmers and monkey players in the entrance. Be aware that even if you just take their photograph you may be forced to pay some tip to them. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes with nice terraces around the souk (market place). Here you can find both local and international food. The famous Koutoubia Mosque is about a kilometer away from the souk. We also took the opportunity to visit the mosque. But be aware that if you are not a muslim, you may not be able to enter the monument. Here I have to say that I disagree with such a practice. It is not a rule of Islam but rather a local practice. For example in Turkey, you can easily enter any mosque regardless of your religion.
Marrakesh is a big city. It has both new parts and also some historical areas. There are many places to visit in Marrakesh such as Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, El Badi Palace, Menare Gardens, Marrakesh Museum and many more. But having only one night to stay and waking up a little late limited our time and we had to make our way to Fes which was about 6 hours driving distance. Since we had heard about the fame of Fes we rather wanted to spend more time there. Around 6 pm in towards the sunset we filled our tank and made our way to Fes.
What to do in Marrakesh?
- Visit the old medina and walk through Jemaa el-Fnaa. In day time you can go shopping and in evening have your dinner with delicious street food in the market place
- Visit Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, El Badi Palace, Menare Gardens and Marrakesh Museum
- Stay two night to cover most of the attractions
- Preferrably rent a car to travel within the city
- Stay in a riad
What not to do in Marrakesh?
- Don’t go out late in the night or to isolated streets. It might not be safe!! (valid for whole Morocco)
Who is this town good for?
- If you like history
- If you like shopping
- If you like social interactions with locals
Local culture: 7/10