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January 08, 2017

Morocco: 5 days in magical Marrakech

The red city, Marrakech! Perfect for a five day trip. Five days is enough to enjoy all the highlights of Marrakech. We rented an apartment near Jardin Marjorelle. A good location to start wandering the city.

Day 1: we strolled through the souks, the Jewish quarter, had lunch overlooking Jemaa El Fna and visited the Koutoubia Mosque grouds and the Mamounia gardens.
 
Day 2: after a visit to our neighbours Jardin Marjorelle, we walked via Gueliz (where we enjoyed lunch) to the Menara park. Here we had a nice tea, a walk in the park, we visited the gate house at the water reservoir. A relaxing afternoon before we headed to Jemaa El Fna again for diner. After we ordered tea and watched the city pass at the square.

Day 3: we headed to the medina early with a list of things to see. Everything is close to each other, so prepare good, so you find the most effective route. We visited:

Tanneries
Ben Youssef Medersa
Saadian tombs
Badii palace
Bahia palace
Almoravid Koubba
Rahba Kedima square
Bab Agnou
Ali Ben Youssef Mosque
Shrob ou shouf fountain

Day 4: with a friend we drove around Marrakech. Very nice to see the fields, little local villages, the palmeries. Nice to escape the busy city for a day.

Day 5: the last day in Marrakech, a terrace day. After a long breakfast near our apartment we headed to the medina without a goal, just wander around. Very nice. Then we had a very long lunch overlooking Jemaa El Fna. Wandering back to the apartment for a little siesta, and getting ready for our last diner in this magical city.

I’ve visited Marrakech before, but always one or two days max. Five days is a good period to visit al the highlights at your own pace. If there is one tip I can give you: know what you want to do and stick to it. Just want to wander around the city, without being bothered? Ignore people, don’t make eye contact, wear sunglasses, don’t react to questions or comments and don’t smile. All signs for Moroccans to start a conversation. You might think it’s rude, but it’s not. You’ll find your own way to do it comfortable.

Magical Marrakech! 
Her beautiful medina, her vibrant people and delicious food.

Enjoy!