Travel Diary: Marrakech

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Marrakech, Morocco had been on my radar for a while as a must-see destination. Something about the style, vibe, and culture sparked my curiosity. When I found out my friend would be there for an internship while I was in Paris, I knew the time was now! Marrakech, also known as the Las Vegas of Morocco, definitely exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious, the prices were cheap, and everything was absolutely beautiful. To say it was hot would be an understatement but that did not hold me back from embracing every experience. Marrakech is divided into two regions, The Medina and the modern neighborhoods. The Medina is where you will find the markets and riads (a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard). In the modern towns, you will find more tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, and city life. Marrakech is definitely on my list of somewhere I would love to go back to! Here is how I spent three days in Marrakech!

transportation

  • Fly from ORY to RAK
  • Taxi to Airbnb

lodging

food

  • Cafe Lobo
  • Vert Midi
  • Zwin Zwin Cafe
  • Kozy Bar
  • Highway Marrakech
  • Tajine

sightseeing

  • Camels and Quads
  • Jemaa el-Fna
  • Jardin Majorelle
  • Musee de Yves Saint Laurent
  • The Medina
  • Bahia Palace
  • Lazama Synagogue
  • Jewish Cemetary
  • Koutoubia Mosque

travel tips

  • Make sure to have cash! They use Dirham
  • Hold onto your valuables
  • Barter for proper prices (For a 4km taxi ride to the airport I paid 100 Dirham which is about $10)
  • In Marrakech, you don't have to cover up as much but you might feel uncomfortable to let it all hang out
  • Only drink bottled water and be cautious eating street food
  • Languages: Arabic, Berber, French and English

itinerary

day 1

9:00 pm | After flying in the night before, a delicious breakfast at Cafe Lobo was the best way to start the day before exploring. Not to mention it was steps away from our Airbnb! Cafe Lobo

10:30 pm | Time to check off an item on the bucket list...CAMEL RIDE! I was also able to add to my bucket list and check off four wheeling! We signed up for the Camel and Quads tour through Caspien Tours and it could not have been better! They picked us up promptly and transported us to the camel ride where we rode around for over an hour! We were then presented with the famous Moroccan Mint Tea! This was followed by an exhilarating four-wheel excursion with an incredible guide! To end the festivities we enjoyed more Mint Tea, bread and honey! After an unbelieve experience the tour company transported us back to our Airbnb! Book your Camels and Quads Excursion

3:00 pm | Stopped to grab a snack and ice cream!

4:00 pm | When we finally made it home, we were exhausted and in need of a shower and air conditioning. I really don't like to waste time when I am exploring somewhere but a nap was definitely in order!

8:00 pm | Rested and refreshed, we are now ready to enjoy the nightlife of Marrakech! Since my friend (and her friend who was also with us) had been living in Morroco for the past two months, they had local friends!

11:00 pm | After hanging out with their friends, we then headed to Highway Marrakech, a restaurant/bar/club place. There are a ton of clubs in Marrakech. 555 is the most famous however I did not make it there this time around!

1:00 am | Late night pizza and bedtime!

 

 

day 2

11:00 am | Brekky at Cafe Lobo

12:30 pm | Heading to Jardin Majorelle and Musee Yves Saint Laurent (The queue to buy tickets is very long also the museum is closed on certain days)

1:15 pm | Finally made it into the gardens! The museum was closed.

3:00 pm | Lunchtime at Vert Midi! Make your own salad, don't mind if I do! Vert Midi

6:30 pm | Fully immersed in the Jemaa el-Fna Sqaure. You definitely feel an overwhelming rush of stimulation when you walk into the market! There are a ton of street vendors, shops, and food stalls! Everywhere you turn there is something incredible to look at! From the square you can walk into the Medina but be careful not to get lost!

8:00 pm | Dinner with a view! Zwin Zwin Cafe overlooks the marketplace and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! This rooftop dining experience is truly not to be missed. The food is amazing, the view is breathtaking, and the decor is perfect. It seriously feels like a dream! Not to mention we met some new friends from The Netherlands! Zwin Zwin Cafe

11:00 pm | Ending the night just down the street from Zwin Zwin Cafe at Kosy Bar.

day 3

10:00 am | Have I mentioned how much I love Cafe Lobo? Yes, we ate breakfast there every day but the location was just so convenient and it was delicious! Normally I would have the fruit, yogurt, and granola, but on this day I had traditional Moroccan pancakes! Fantastic!

11:00 am | The first stop of the day is at the Bahia Palace. Bahia means brilliance and that is a wonderful world to describe this stunning slice of history. This palace is filled with your Moroccan tile work dreams and gorgeous gardens!

12:00 pm | A quick stroll back through the Medina (People will try to give you directions and then ask you to pay them or tell you a street is closed and direct you towards their shop but just ignore it!)

12:10 pm | Located in Mellah (the old Jewish quarter) you will find Lazama Synagogue. The discreet door leads you into a beautiful blue and white tiled garden which is surrounded by the rooms of the synagogue.

12:30 pm | Just up the road from the synagogue is the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco. This cemetery is really something to see!

1:30 pm | Back at the entrance of the Market, we head to the famous Koutoubia Mosque. Although you can't go inside unless you are Muslim, it is still absolutely gorgeous from the outside. You can also hear the Call to Prayer five times a day!

2:00 pm | Tajine time! Tajine is a traditional Moroccan dish named after the earthware pot it is cooked in. I had a delicious chicken and vegetable tajine in the Jemaa el-Fna Market. If you read the travel tips you would know I said don't eat the street food.. well this was street food and let's just say the repercussions lasted about a week if you know what I mean 😉

3:00 pm | Headed back to the Airbnb to sit at the pool for a few before catching my 6:00 pm flight back to Paris. Until next time Morocco!

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