Marrakech Journals

Medinas & Mosques in Morocco

An April 2000 trip to Marrakech by globe trotter

Quote: Step back in time as you become lost in the maze like streets of the medina, soak up the atmosphere of the Djemaa el Fna at sunset by watching fire eaters & smelling delicious spicy aromas from the comfort of one of the many surrounding terraces while sipping mint tea.

Medinas & Mosques in Morocco

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Overview

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The vibrant colours & smells of Djemaa el Fna at sunset. Shopping & bargaining in the medina. Taking a tour of the back streets & old palaces. Staying in beautifully restored old riads. Eating at fantastic restaurants. Visiting the surrounding gardens. Quick Tips: I'd strongly recommend taking at least one guided tour around the back streets of Marrakesh - it's impossible (& maybe not safe) to get right into the heart of the 'local' medina without a guide & it's well worth it. Best Way To Get Around: Marrakesh is a great walking city - there's always something to stop & see or buy - so you don't want to be constrai...Read More

Riad Enija

Hotel

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Part of the fun of Enija is finding your way there - it is hidden down a mish mash of back streets in the medina which all look identical to the hapless tourist! You''re very glad when you reach it - enter it''s inner sanctum & shut out the frenetic background noise! Riad Enija is a small privately owned riad (about 4 suites). It is absolutely amazingly restored - the bathrooms & bedrooms are covered in original mosaic tiles in beautiful vibrant colours & the rooms are decorated with Moroccan artifacts - it is truly a great place to stay. Every room has its own outside seating area (where a sumptuous dinner is served) which looks inward to a common internal courtyard - overflowing wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Riad Enija
Derb Mesfioui 9
Marrakesh, Morocco

Amanjena

Hotel

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This is the first African venture for the people at Aman & it is as expected absolutely perfect.

The ''pavillion'' rooms are domed to replicate huge tents - with sky lights & each room has a lovely private courtyard complete with remote control fountain. The swimming pool is Aman sized - i.e. HUGE (maybe a little too warm?) One of the highlights is the hammam (steam room) - where you can get scrubbed & polished with black salt by one of the locals - it''s a great way to relax after a hard day in the medina!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Amanjena
Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12
Marrakesh, Morocco 40000
+212 24 403 353

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa

Attraction | "Souqs"

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It's impossible to recommend one particular stall or shop as there are so many providing everything you could possibly imagine. They range from cheap tat through to high end antiques, rugs & furniture. I would say the first time you go preferably go with a guide so you can get orientated. Feel free to barter - cash is usually a better bet for bargains than credit cards - although even some of the smallest places accept credit cards. Also be warned shipping seems to be very expensive & complicated - plan to hand carry your new souvenirs if possible - the souks (& even some of the better shops) don't seem to handle the concept of shipping very well & will instantly ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa
Medina Quarter
Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech Tanneries

Attraction | "Tanneries & Souqs"

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This is a great chance to see the markets & day to day life of the Moroccans living in Marrakesh. This walk takes you away from the 'tourist' souks by the shop fronts & work rooms of people doing many weird & wonderful things & ends up at the famous tanneries.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Marrakech Tanneries
Outside Bab Debbagh
Marrakesh, Morocco

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa

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Attraction | "Place Djemaa el-Fna"

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This is the vibrant centre of Marrakech & comes alive in the late afternoon & through the night. I suggest seeing it from 2 angles - firstly down in the thick of it & secondly looking down on it from above from one of the many restaurant terraces that surround it. It's a great place to take pictures - but expect to tip performers/snake charmers if you take their picture. If you have the time experience the square both before sunset & after - while it's still light it's good to wander over to Koutoubia mosque & then have a look at all the weird & wonderful food being cooked by skilled chefs on makeshift grills. After dark the fire eaters & other performer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa
Medina Quarter
Marrakesh, Morocco

Dar Si Said Museum

Attraction | "Museum of Moroccan Arts"

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The building which houses this collection is as artistically interesting as the treasures it holds. The 'Dar Si Said' is a 19th century town house of epic proportions - with lovely original tiles & mosaics & a huge central courtyard. Goods on display include: jewelery, rugs, household goods, weapons, pottery & leather goods.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Dar Si Said Museum
Riad Ez-Zaitoun El Jadid
Marrakesh, Morocco
(212 9) 93 20 97

Bahia Palace and Gardens

Attraction | "Palais de la Bahia"

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This is probably the best kept palace in Marrakesh - only part of it is open as the royal family still use part of it- but the part that is open includes enough rooms & space to house at least 20 families - so you won't be disappointed.

I particularly liked the courtyards & gardens which gave an air of informality to the austere interior. Men will probably find the tales of concubines quite appealing while women will not!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Bahia Palace and Gardens
Along Northern Edge Of Mellah
Marrakesh, Morocco 40000
05244 45230

El Badi Palace

Attraction | "Palais el Badi"

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This was supposedly one of the most ornate & beautiful palaces ever built - until it was torn down & plundered by a jealous rival - well you can't win 'em all!

Unfortunately little remains of the 16th century wonder - just an empty shell. You can still get a sense of the scale of the building & the storks nesting in the ramparts add a quirky touch!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

El Badi Palace
Place Des Ferblantiers
Marrakesh, Morocco

Jardin Menara

Attraction

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This is the fabled garden that Winston Churchill liked so much - when he wasn't hanging out at La Mamounia! It still has the olive groves, the large square pond & pavilion but unfortunately the over excited groups of screeching locals, radios & empty coke cans make it hard to find the tranquillity & peace of mind boasted of by Churchill.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Jardin Menara
Ave de la Menara
Marrakesh, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle

Attraction

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This place - owned by designer Yves Saint-Laurent - is a wonderful place to visit on a hot afternoon. The jardin is full of colourful plants & flowers & has a great pond full of gold fish. All this is set against a magnificent blue house - which holds a small & relatively uninteresting Islamic art museum.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2000

Jardin Majorelle
Ave Yacoub el-Mansour
Marrakesh, Morocco
(00212) 044 30 18 52