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Four Go Mad in Marrakech

13 Mar 2007  Recent mini break in Marrakech
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Things to do in Marrakech

  • Category: Recent trip
  • 1. Djemma El Fna square

    Supposedly the busiest square in Africa, it's certainly an amazing place. In the daytime it's full of snake charmers, monkey men, water sellers, medicine men, fruit & nut sellers and cyclist, cars and carts. At night the centre becomes an enormous open air cooking area, with storytellers, acrobats and musicians around the edges. Try to have a handful of loose change if you want to take photos, as *everyone* will ask for money.

  • 2. Kosybar, Place des Ferblantiers

    In the corner of the Place des Ferblantiers (ironmongers making lamps etc all around) this is bar with a lovely terrace overlooking the ramparts, complete with storks nesting and a view of the High Atlas mountains in the background. Great squishy chairs and beer on the menu ('ware the cost though - 60 dirhams a bottle!). Live music in the evenings.

  • 3. Cafe de France

    Right on the Djemaa El Fna, take the marble stairs up and up until you reach the penultimate level, where you can have a drink (non-alcoholic) and watch the endless entertainment of the square. Take the stairs up one more level for a panoramic view of Marrakech, but there's no shade up there. If you want to eat, go down a level.

  • 4. Caleche (Horse drawn carriage

    Take a ride in a caleche for a comfortable way to see a bit more than just the medina. We haggled and got a 2 hour ride for four people for 400 dirhams (maybe it was too much, who knows? It was worth it). Our driver took us out to the Majorelle Gardens and waited half an hour while we looked around, then back to a kind of emporium where he waited whilst we looked at things to buy. Yes, lots of carpets and mint tea.

  • 5. Majorelle Gardens

    We had half an hour to "do" this attraction and it was just about enough (although we had to pass on the museum). Beautiful shady green and restful gardens, complete with birdsong and water, dotted around with vibrantly coloured pots and buildings. A wonderfully peaceful place to visit on a hot day.

  • 6. The Souks

    Also known as ... shopping! Stuffed full of desirable items, you'll be tempted from all sides to buy things, but don't forget to haggle - it's expected and you might even get a bargain. Favourite was the magical spice market, with its chameleons and lizards. Least favourite? The chicken and egg souk - interesting, but somewhat pungent.

  • 7. The Bahia Palace and the SaadianTombs

    Owned by a grand vizier, the Bahian palace is worth seeing for the gorgeous tiling and carving in the rooms, and the lovely enclosed gardens.

    The Saadian Tombs are hidden away down a tiny alley which opens out to a peaceful area with - yes, you guessed it - tombs.

  • 8. Centre de L'Artisan

    If you've had enough of the haggling and the cut and thrust of the souks, but still have money to spend, visit the Centre de L'Artisan. It doesn't look like much from the outside but take the escalator (!) up and you'll be in a vast shopping area, air conditioned and practically empty when we were there. The first floor is for carpets and furniture but downstairs you'll find clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, wood and ceramics, knives and boxes ,and mirrors and camels (well, wooden ones anyway). Best of all, the prices are government controlled and you can browse to your heart's content without being hassled. Bliss.