Our second day in Marrakech we ventured outside of the labyrinths of the souks. We watched storks at the ruins of the Palais El Badi and were awed by the modern interpretation of Moroccan decor at La Mamounia. We filled up on Moroccan green tea and freshly squeezed citrus juices.
One of my favorite memories of the trip was the evening we spent watching the community come alive as the sun set over the Jemaa el-Fna (the largest square in Marrakech). It was insane how quickly the empty plaza filled up with food stalls, snake charmers, musicians, and other various performers. The air grew thick with smoke, the delicious smell of lamb meat and spices, and coaxing voices of hundreds of vendors. It wasn't long before the sky glowed bright orange and it was time for us to stop observing and to jump in.
- Recommendations -
Le Perle du Sud
A beautiful rooftop serving traditional Moroccan food. The food is excellent at prices that won't break your bank. We really enjoyed dining in their tent to an interesting live one-man band featuring traditional Moroccan band.
Ben Youssef Medersa
This is a gorgeous historic Islamic college with many corridors, and dormitories. The school is covered with beautiful tile and geometric details. It is fun to walk around the rooms upstairs and peek out of the windows to the courtyards below.
Musée de Marrakech
Though this is one of the more expensive attractions in the historic city center, it's still not that expensive and it is definitely worth it for the beautiful decor and detailed tile designs that cover the interior. We bought it on a combined ticket.
An extravagant hotel that interprets traditional Moroccan decor with a beautiful modern flair. I preferred staying at a riad in the historic district and visiting La Mamounia for exploring. If you want a more resort feel and if it fits your budget, stay here! You can also get a day pool/spa pass.
Palais El Badi
See beautiful views of the red rooftops of the city and overlook the historic gardens next to elegant storks.
Palais de la Bahia
Beautiful garden and courtyard that was once owned by a very powerful sultan. We overhead a tour guide's story of the sultan's #1 wife while passing through her corridor. (His concubines were placed in separate corridor/rooms).