Old town Marrakesh : Morocco Part 1 written by Manotat

Hello all README fans Welcome to our journey This trip we are taking you all to walk around the old town area of Marrakesh called Medina and enjoying with the traditional way of life of local people and the old culture. Marrakesh is the No.4 biggest city of Morocco after Casablanca, Fez and Tangi

Old town Marrakesh : Morocco Part 1

Old town Marrakesh : Morocco Part 1

 Monday, December 10, 2018 10:39 AM

 Travel date:  Monday, March 5, 2018

Hello all README fans

Welcome to our journey

This trip we are taking you all to walk around the old town area of Marrakesh called Medina and enjoying with the traditional way of life of local people and the old culture.

Marrakesh is the No.4 biggest city of Morocco after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Moreover, Medina is also promoted as World's Culture Heritage Site by UNESCO.

3 days trip

Day 1: Walking around southern Medina
Day 2: Walking around northern Medina
Day 3: Walking around the market and visiting tannery


Hotel

We stay in a small riad name's Dixneuf La Ksour (Riad 19) where is located not far from Jemaa el-Fnaa square (Only 5 minutes walk)

We choose to stay here because we would like to walk around the square at night as well.

At around 5.00 - 6.00 pm., Jemaa el-Fnaa Square will be alive, many street food shops start to open, people are singing in front of the square until 10.00 - 11.00 pm.

Around the square are SOUK or local market, where local people are selling fresh products, second hand items, homemade items, clothes and accessories. Most souk are opened from 10.00 am. - 7.00 pm.



Beside, there are also many palaces, Moques and interesting museums that we should not miss to visit.


Day 1

On the first day, we will take you all to walk around the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and visit those places around the square.

1. Koutobia Mosque is the biggest and the most important mosque in Marrakesh. It was built in 1147 to celebrate the success of Muslim who came to propagate the religious. If you are not a Muslim, you can only walk around and take photos from outside but cannot go inside.

2. Bab Agnaou (Below photo), it is one of 19 gates way of Marrakesh which built in 12th century around Almohad Reign. These gates way were mostly used by people from the palace as it was located nearby.


Behind Bab Agnaou, there are handicrafts name's Ensemble Artisanal Twizrang. They are selling so many thing and have quite better quality than souk outside. The most important thing when buying is Do not forget to negotiate the price.....

The entrance of the shop (Above photo)

3. Saadian Tombs (Below photo; Opening Hour: Daily 9:00 am.-6:00 pm.; Entrance fee: 10 Dhs), it is a grave yard of Saadian Family who governed Morocco between 1549-1659. The place was found and renovated in 1917.

After that we go to have lunch at Zeitoun Café which is not far Saadian Tomb. The food is taste good, the restrooms are clean and people are friendly.

If you have more time, we suggest you to visit El-Badi Palace which is an abandon palace located next to Saadian Tomb. The palace was built in 1593 and it took 15 years to finish it by using the most expensive materials.

4. Bahia Palace (Below photo; Opening Hour: Fri. 8.00 am. - 5.00 pm., Other days : 9.00 am. - 4.30 pm., Entrance fee: 10 Dhs.), it was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means "brilliance". There are 150 rooms which decorated with colorful tiles and beautiful sculpture.

It is so elegant......


Day 2

Today we will walk around the northern part of Medina, visiting Le Jardin Secret Garden, and have lunch at de jardin restaurant. We really want to recommend this restaurant because it has a very good atmosphere, foods are taste so good and it is reasonable price. After that we will go to Majorelle Garden and go to find something for dinner at Gueliz.

1. Le Jardin Secret (Opening Hour:Daily 9.00 am. - 6:30 pm.; Entrance fee: Adult 30 Dhs, Child under 6: Free), the garden is in the middle of Medina and was built in 19th century by Saadian Dynasty. It used to be a meeting point for politicians and all other powerful men of Marrakesh and just open for other people to visit.

2. Majorelle Garden (Below Photo: Opening Hour: Daily 8.00 am. - 5.30 pm., Entrance fee; 70 Dhs), it is a big botanic garden in the area of 2.5 acres located outside the wall of Medina. The garden was designed by Jacque Majorelle (French Artist) in 1924 between World War 1 and 2 when Morocco was still under the colonies of France.

Then we come to walk around in Gueliz, there are many shops, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy as per your favorable.


Day 3

The last day in Marrakesh, we do not want to be rush so we are chill out at the market, have a cup of tea and visiting tannery area. It may not big as in Fez but it has a very strong smell.

If you would like to visit the tannery, we suggest you to come in an early morning because all staffs will start to work in the morning and finish in the afternoon so that you can see the process when they are doing.

Around the tannery of Marrakesh >>>

In the evening, we go back to Jemaa el-Fnaa Square for dinner then go to have a cup of tea at Hôtel Restaurant Café de France where you can see 180 degree of Jemaa el-Fnaa Square from the top of the hotel.

Good bye Marrakesh.......


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