This time final week I’d just spent my initial complete day in a city I’d been dying to see for years: Marrakech.
The Moroccan capital has enticed me ever considering the fact that I moved to and started to find out the captivating history of Granada, Spain, and was a need to-see on my travel hit list for my 30th year published final month.
Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace was constructed by the Moors, who in the 9th century crossed the Mediterranean to take handle of Spain’s Andalucia area and forever leave their mark. The kingdom they came from spanned most of North Africa, inside which Marrakech was a key stronghold.
Following 800 years of rule the Christians retook the city of Granada and inevitably replaced a lot of the Moorish buildings and traditions with their personal. So primarily, I was expecting to locate what Granada could possibly have looked like all these years ago.
Let’s just say I was quite happy.
Marrakech is divided into two components: the new city and the Medina. The new city is quite uninspiring from a traveler’s point of view unless you like elaborate buying malls and kitschy nightclubs. The Medina is exactly where all the magic occurs.
From the hectic and maze-like souks, exactly where aromatic spice stalls, leather-makers and remarkable arts and crafts abound, to the bustling central plaza Jemaa el-Fna and staggering landmarks like the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace there is literally so considerably to see in the Medina.
Thankfully, this is exactly where we (my sister and I) stayed for three nights. Our Riad was completely attractive (see final photo in this post), comprehensive with idyllic fountain, terrace and a traditional Hammam exactly where I would later indulge in an hour-extended Hammam scrub and massage (extra on that subsequent time). We couldn’t think that we’d got that plus flights from Manchester and airport transfers for just £175 pp with Easyjet Holidays!
We packed a lot in these three days. Apart from the Medina, we saw the Jardin Majorelle, toured the Atlas mountains and the 4 valleys Ourika, Oukaimeden, Ait Fares and Asni, visited two Berber communities and enjoyed a bespoke meals tour which involved consuming SHEEP’S HEAD.
There will, of course, be a lot of posts and stories to come but for now I’ll leave you with 25 teasers that may possibly just inspire you to book the subsequent inexpensive flight to Marrakech accessible. Love!
Are you fascinated by Moorish history and culture? Been to Marrakech? Is it on your list? Share in the comments!
Exploring the maze-like Souks of the Medina – capturing folks going about their everyday enterprise..
A single of a thousand shadowy alleyways which are confident to lead you into chaos and confusion.
Hand-stitched rugs and cushions from Berber villages outdoors of the city are sold on in the Medina.
Some stalls sell all the things from teas and spices to quirky baskets and leather ‘poofs’ for your living space.
Lamps are well known souvenirs to take dwelling.
Standard Moroccan tagine pots utilized for preparing and serving scrumptious, slow-cooked meals.
Cumin, cinnamon, paprika, safron, harissa… you name the spice, they’ve got it.
Plaz Jemaa el-Fnaa, the beating heart of the Medina exactly where you can haggle to your heart’s content material.
Standard Moroccan mint tea. Ideal served with sugar, on a shady terrace in Plaz Jemaa el-Fna.
Standard tile flooring in the Bahia Palace. Every tile is carved and chipped by hand.
The Ben Youssef Madrasa was an Islamic college in Morocco, when the biggest in North Africa.
Hand-painted tiles in the courtyard of the Ben Youssef, exactly where a National Geographic award winning photo was taken in 2015.
Wooden, hand-carved archways and ceramic, hand-painted tiles at the attractive Bahia Palace.
The Souks at dusk, bustling like constantly.
This guy by no means runs out of stock. Olives develop in abundance and differ in flavour in Morocco.
Leather bags, belts, jackets, wallets and purses are sold everywhere in the Medina – value is very negotiable.
Time for some thing sweet…
The towering Koutoubia Mosque by evening.
…and by day.
Beautiful, fresh and zingy warm goat’s cheese salad with wrapped marinated chicken.
The blue residence of the Jardin Majorelle.
The attractive courtyard of our riad, Riad Karmela.