The “Red City” of Marrakech, Morroco
Marrakech! I visited in 2005 with 4 close friends. We had a blast exploring the city’s shopping, history, and food!
No trip to Marrakech is complete without a shopping visit to Jemaa el Fna and the Medina. As touristy as it may sound, the market seems straight out of Disney’s Aladdin. One can buy anything of any quality. We loved walking through the leather goods, spices, and food street vendors. Be sure to bargain! And, yes, there was a snake charmer in the plaza.
Bahia Palace was the highlight of our architectural visits in Marrakech. This 19th century palace has been well-maintained and has wonderous detail throughout.
Jardin Majorelle was the most beautiful site in Marrakech! It truly is an oasis of gardens and greenery within the desert city. Walls are painted brilliant blue and flowers are found around every corner.
Saadian Tombs are located just outside the main city walls, near the Kasbah mosque (also closed to non-Muslims). The tombs are a great site to visit. They were built in the 16th century yet were discovered in the 20th century and have been restored. They reminded me of the beauty of Alhambra in Spain.
We hired a driver (personal recommendation) and were able to travel among cities (Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca). Moroccan roads are not the best and we spent too much of our time traveling. I would recommend flying around the country to cities (next time – to Fez and Rabat!)
Casablanca – Hassan II Mosque is one of the only mosques open to non-Muslims in Morocco. What a breathtaking place to visit! Unfortunately, no photos of the inside were allowed…