Marrakech Journals

Marrakech in April

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An April 2011 trip to Marrakech by koshkha

Riad El Faran Photo, Marrakech, Morocco More Photos
Quote: We spent 6 days in Marrakech in April 2011.

What to expect at a herbalist

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Dried something or other Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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Close to the entrance of the Musee de Marrakech is a herbalist's shop. If you stand with the entrance to the museum behind you and look directly away from the museum, the herbalist is in the row of shops ahead of you and to the left. We've been there before on an organised tour and recognised the place. Since the weather was dull and cold and we had time to spare before heading to the bus station, we decided to go inside and be entertained. A good Moroccan herbalist shop is visual feast of magical potions and ingredients and if you can accept up front that there's absolutely no way you'll get out without buying something – usually something you don't need or really want – then it's well worth a visit....Read More

Marrakech Tanneries

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Attraction | "A Different Approach to Getting Tanned"

Marrakech Tanneries Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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We hadn't planned to go to the tanneries. If I'm honest, I hadn't actually realised that Marrakech HAD any tanneries. We had been looking for the Ben Yousuf Medersa when a passer-by had spun us a line about the medersa being shut on Sundays (it isn't) and before we knew what was happening he'd flagged down a friend and told him to take us to the tanneries. It was a cold, damp Sunday afternoon and we didn't have anywhere we really needed to be so we just went along with it. Sometimes you just have to relax and go with the flow. Something worth knowing about people who take you places in Morocco is that they always walk like they're in training for the Olympics and since my sister and her gi...Read More

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Marrakech Tanneries
Outside Bab Debbagh
Marrakesh, Morocco

Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum)

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Attraction | "A good 'add-on' but not the best museum"

Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum) Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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The Musee du Marrakech is not by any measure a world-class museum. The contents of the place are almost instantly forgettable and the modern art which is on display (and for sale) is unlikely to win any awards. It is however still a place I recommend you to visit, because the building which houses it is beautiful, historic and well worth the cost of admission regardless of what's hanging on the walls or sitting in the display cases. It also has a rather nice cafe, but you can use that without having to pay to go into the museumMy husband and I have now been to the museum twice and when I suggested going the second time my husband asked "Is that the one with the awful light fitting?" Thi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2011

Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum)
Place Ben Youssef
Marrakesh, Morocco
212 24 44 18 93

Medersa Ben Youssef

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Attraction | "One of Marrakech's Top Attractions"

Medersa Ben Youssef Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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I love Islamic architecture and one of the great disappointments for me when visiting Morocco is that tourists – in fact anyone who isn't a Muslim – are not allowed to enter mosques. There are just two exceptions to this - the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca and the Tin Mal mosque up in the Atlas mountains. Neither you'll have noticed is in Marrakech so your visit to the city is going to be entirely mosque-less. The rule – I'm reliably informed – was introduced by the French in colonial times although I've never got to the bottom of why they came up with it. But rules are rules and so you just have to go along with them. Fortunately in Marrakech there's a religious building that is open to the public ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2011

Medersa Ben Youssef
Place Ben Youssef
Marrakesh, Morocco
(044) 39 09 11

Riad El Faran

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Hotel | "Tortoises in Paradise"

Riad El Faran Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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I'd been in touch with Alain, the owner of the El Faran, by email for several months before flying over and he'd said that he'd be at the airport to meet us and sure enough, there he was, right at the exit waiting for us with a hotel sign. He piled us into his 4x4 and set off for the old city and took us to within a few hundred meters of the riad where the roads basically run out. He'd rung ahead to arrange for his assistant Mourad to meet us and walk us through the maze-like streets to the riad and sure enough, there was Mourad waiting to guide us. With most of the riads in Marrakech I really do think you need to make arrangements for someone to take you there because maps are pathetically inadequat...Read More

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Riad El Faran
156, Derb El Faran
Marrakech, Morocco 000
+212(524)382806