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Marrakech Tips

Some interesting facts and travel advice I found whilst visiting Marrakech. The time zone in Marrakech is GMT, when we landed the pilot said the local time was the same as England we later discovered after asking a local that the time was GMT however it was not the same as England because they where… Continue reading Marrakech Tips

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Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains

Today we'd organised a trip to Ourika Valley which is in the lower Atlas Mountains. It took about 1 hour to get to our first destination which was a Berber village. All 10 of the group, who where Spanish, French, English and German got out on the minibus to be welcomed by a group of… Continue reading Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains

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Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

Having only the northern medina left to explore we walked through the souks to the Musee de Marrakech. The museum is housed in an old palace which has a central courtyard complete with a fountain and exquisite tile work. We didn't spend all that long in the museum as all of the signs were in… Continue reading Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech

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Palais de la Bahia & Mellah, Marrakech

First thing we headed to the Palais de la Bahia which is a 5 minute walk away from the riad. This palace was built by Bou Ahmed at the end of the 19th century. He was a chief advisor to the sultan and built this palace to house his four wives and two dozen mistresses.… Continue reading Palais de la Bahia & Mellah, Marrakech

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Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Today we headed to the 'new city' to Gueliz. Which is the modern side of the city with a European style atmosphere but Moroccan twist. We wandered through Gueliz looking in some of the boutique shops and ended up at Jardin Majorelle. Jardin Majorelle is an oasis of calm and tranquility. This is the garden… Continue reading Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

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Tombeaux Saadiens & Shopping in the Souks, Marrakech

I must admit it was a little bit scary being woken at 4am to the sound of the call of prayer. Staying in a Riad which had a central courtyard means that it was very loud and the sound seemed to be coming from all directions! I am under the impression that it wasn't a… Continue reading Tombeaux Saadiens & Shopping in the Souks, Marrakech

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Palais El Badi & Jardins de l’Agdal, Marrakech

Our first full day in Marrakech, we started the morning at Palais el Badii which is the ruins of Saadien sultan, Ahmed el Mansour's palace. The ruined palace is the home of the masterpiece Koutoubia Minbar which is seen as one of the finest examples of Islamic woodcarving in the world. Not to be confused… Continue reading Palais El Badi & Jardins de l’Agdal, Marrakech