Marrakesh was one of my bucket list places, I’d always wanted to go but something always got in the way of booking it!
I love travel but very rarely get to do it now, unless work was involved so this was a little bit of luxury, slap bang in the middle of wedding season. Some time out for the two of us, somewhere we’d never been, taking time out to discover a new place, having a new adventure.
Just me and him.
(The informative bits are at the bottom of the post!)
Where we stayed – Riad L’Heure D’ete
Fantastic little riad in amongst the winding alleyways surrounding the medina. So glad we chose this rather than a fancy hotel – the food was amazing, the service couldn’t be faulted and the rooms far better than most hotel’s we’ve stayed in. Add this to the rooftop garden where we had breakfast every morning, sunbathed every afternoon and hot-tubbed when we wanted a soak, this was the perfect place to lay our heads for the duration of our stay.
Where we went – The medina’s obviously, the souks, the herboristas, Saadian Tombs, museums and the palaces.
We missed the Photography museum thanks to an over-eager tout leading us astray, which pissed me off no end (although one tout did take us to the fabric souks which we wouldn’t have found otherwise and this was a nice treat, but generally, don’t follow anyone that tells you they’ll take you where you want to go, unless you want a major detour!)
One big draw was the Jardin Majorelle, an enchanting garden in the heart of the city. We jumped on board one of the many horses and carriages (I’d always fancied this in New York but was way too cool to fall into that tourist trap! 😉 ) After much haggling our driver (if that is the correct term for a man driving a horse and carriage?) took us on a tour of the city, taking in the many different areas on the outskirts of town towards these beautiful gardens, he waited for us while we wandered around and then took us to the Grand Cafe De La Poste, which was an absolute gem and you’ll see this detailed below in the foodie section!
Where we ate –
99% of the meals we ate were fantastic, just one restaurant, where we went just for the views on the evening, over looking the Jemaa el Fna let us down but generally, beautiful food and even with my dairy allergy, I was well catered for and didn’t miss out on anything.
These were just a few of the good ones –
Terrasse des Epices – Our first taste of Morroccan cuisine on Day 1, the food wasn’t the best we had but it was a welcome respite from the hectic souks and the views were fantastic looking out over the market square.
Grand Cafe De La Poste – A fantastic recommendation from a few different friends who’d visited Marrakesh before us. This is totally different to any of the other places we stopped to eat in a completely different part of the city. A definite destination stop. The setting was stunning, the furniture was an interior decorators dream and the story of the building, as told to me by the very friendly manager, took you back to another world entirely.
Kasbah Cafe – we ate here after a trip to the Saadian Tombs, beautiful views and fantastic food. It’s quite out of the way and you probably wouldn’t see it unless you visit the tombs but well worth planning this lovely place into your itinerary!
Nomad – our last night, we wanted somewhere special to celebrate a fantastic few days together. Jason found this place in the guidebook and it sounded good. It took us a while to find, even though by this point we thought we were locals! (I don’t think a lifetime of living here would make any difference to me being able to find my way through these souks!)
Watching the sun set over Marrakesh with a cold drink, the best food of the trip and my boy – a perfect end to an amazing holiday.