Jan. 24, 2020
Labels: On track, Sail the Seas
Marrakesh is a lot smaller than I originally imagined it to be. We spend about nine days there and it gave us a good overview of the city. We chose an airbnb outside of the medina which was a great choice esepcially because nights in Jannunary can get pretty cold and well isolated apartments aren't commen in the Medina. It also gave us a little break from the hectic Medina life. As the city isn't too large, you can reach pretty much everything by walking. Different to Casablanca, Marrakesh doesn't have Careem (the Arabic version of Uber).
We basically spend most of our time and money on restaurants. I'm a now a fan of tanjines (esepcially the ones with prunes). I've listed all my favourite places in and around Marrakesh below. The first onne being a bit of a drive away, in a small mountain village, the rest are basically walking distance from Marrakesh center. The last three tips are non Marrocan food places in case you feel like something different after a while.
Kasbah De l'Ourika (Ourika, Morocco)
Le Jardin (32 Souk Jeld Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco)
Naranj (84 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco)
Shtatto (81, Derb Nkhal، Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh 40030, Morocco)
Al Fassia (55 Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni, Marrakech 40000, Morocco=
Le Jardin Majorelle, to most known as the Yves Saint Laurent garden, os obviously something everyone recommended us to do. Keeping in mind that is was low season, the garden and the museum were still crowded with people. I don't want to know how this works out during high season. Yet the gardens are absolutely beautiful and I think it was still worth the trip. There are two museums around or within the garden that you have to pay extra for (or choose not to). One is the Yves Saint Laurent museum located next to the garden with a separate entrance. This one shows a range of designs, movies and sketches. For anyone interested in fashion, it's perfect. The second museum is the Berber museum located within the garden. This one is fairly small and only for people interested in the Berber culture of Morocco. Both museum didn't allow photos, which is why I can only show you some visuals of the garden.
(Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40090, Morocco)
I've met Marrocan artist and photographer Hassan Hajjaj a while ago during Tunis Fashion Week. I've checked out his store 'Larache' in London multiple times so being in Marrakesh I had to stop by his Riad, 'Riad Yirma'. It's much bigger than the shop in London, covering two floors and a rooftop. You can buy anything from carpets, clothing, shoes, furniture or accessories. All in Hassan's very unique style. There's even a rooftop with a little seating area. The whole place is incredibly photogenic and I found at least 5 pieces I would have loved to take home. Needless to say a couch table doesn't fit in my luggage. But even if you don't end up buying anything, just checking it out is really worth it.