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Intense Marrakech

A March 2011 trip to Marrakech by akakd

Hotel Cecil Photo, More Photos
Quote: Arriving in Marrakech, my first thought was, "we only have three days here!" After about three hours, I thought, "OMG! We have three days here!" Marrakech is intense, a 24-hour party in you're anywhere near Djemma El Fna Square! Prepare to sleep little. Marrakech is sensory overload to the max!
Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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I was determined not to get lost in the souks, but did anyway. You can always pay some children to help you find your way out, but once we were ripped off of all our coins, we found that the shopkeepers will point you in the right direction for free. Even though we'd been in souks in Egypt before, this one off Djemaa El Fna square was even more overwhelming & draining on the senses. Watch out for the donkey carts. If you don't heed the warning of the driver, you may just get shoved hard into the wall, as I did.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

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

Bahia Palace and Gardens

Attraction | "Bahia Means Beautiful"

Bahia Palace and Gardens Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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This 1860 palace has diamond shaped floors, fancy stucco, & finely painted cedar ceilings. There is a recurring inscription "health forever" throughout. This palace has 150 rooms & was home to one vizier, four wives, & 24 concubines. The chamber for the favorite wife is worth seeing with its stained glass & lattice to screen her from envious concubines. Let the guided tours pass so you can get some decent photos.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

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

Koutobia Mosque and Minaret

Attraction | "Koutobia This & Koutobia That"

Koutobia Mosque and Minaret Photo,
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Visible from Djemaa El Fna Square is the impressive Koutobia Minaret. This Minaret is, by law, the tallest structure in Marrakech. Entrance is not possible by non-Muslims, but it is worth a closer look. Just behind the Mosque are the Koutobia Gardens, a welcome respite from the madness of the square. And just in front & to the side of the Mosque is Koubba Fatima Zohra's pearl-white domed tomb. Topped with a meringue-looking cupola, this 17th-century mausoleum commemorates Fatima Zohra, the daughter of a religious leader. It is said that Fatima Zohra had the ability to transform into a white dove at night & was a gifted fortune teller.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 25, 2011

Koutobia Mosque and Minaret
near Avenue Mohammed V in the medina
Marrakesh, Morocco

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa

Attraction | "This is where "intense" comes in!"

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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Djemaa el Fna Square is simply a 24 hour assault on your senses! From drums to jugglers to snake charmers to monkeys to dancers--everywhere you look is a bit overwhelming. And encircling all this (believe it or not) organized chaos, are shops & shops & shops beckoning you to buy buy buy! Luckily, the same street "artists" set up in the same place every time--thus "organized", so if we got turned around, we just followed the sound of the drums right back to the archway leading to our hotel. Be prepared to be on stimulus overload!! This is one intense place.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2011

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

Chez Chegrouni Cafe Restaurant

Restaurant | "Try the omelette, but watch for cats!"

Chez Chegrouni Cafe Restaurant Photo,
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When we got tired of tagene & couscous, we tried the wonderful omelettes at Chez Chegrouni. Both indoor & outdoor dining are available. The service is good & we found the servers to be friendlier than other places on the square. We thought the prices were inexpensive for the amount of food. As in other restaurants in the square, it's not uncommon to see stray cats wandering around beneath your feet, waiting for a bite to eat.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2011

Chez Chegrouni Cafe Restaurant
NE corner of Place Djemaa al-Fna
Marrakesh, Morocco
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Cafe Glacier

Restaurant | "Best for rooftop views, especially at night."

Cafe Glacier Photo,
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Café Glacier in Djemaa el Fna Square is great for nighttime views of the square. You're required to at least purchase a drink in order to partake of the views. We chose to eat dinner there & weren't disappointed. We tried tagene (the local cuisine) which is cooked & served in the same pottery bowl with lid. We also had couscous, a Moroccan staple.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2011

Cafe Glacier
Djemaa El Fna Square
Marrakech, Morocco

Hotel Cecil

Hotel | "location, location, location"

Hotel Cecil Photo,
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After you read this, you may just wonder why I recommend this hotel at all. First of all, it was being renovated while we were there, though that didn't create any extra noise or problems for us. There's no lift. Our room was adequate, though the room was never made up (also, we didn't ask), we ran out of toilet paper, the single lightbulb burst, we had no towels (had to ask for them), the toilet was tricky to flush, & there was a tremendous sewer smell in the bathroom in the mornings. I solved the latter issue by covering all the drains. And be careful--the bathroom has a lock on the OUTSIDE! Our room with its 18 inch walls was cold at night. The rooms overlook a pretty inner courtyard, wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2011

Hotel Cecil
Djemaa El Fna Square
Marrakech, Morocco