10 AM – Leaving the Riad for the medina
After a extensive breakfast in the riad (we highly entrust you the Riad AnaYela) it’s time to start the city tour with a walk through the medina. Attention: wear confortable and old shoes you can really walk in! The medina of Marrakech has no busses or a metro, moreover the streets are dirty, sandy and dusty.
During your walk through this impressive little alleys you will be besieged by a lot of native moroccan men and guys who wants to show you the right way – don’t make yourself unsure, they only want to make some money with unaware tourists. Relax and drivt through the medina – it’s unimportant to find ONE way you will always get to the right point after some time.
Spots to see during your walk through the medina:
– the soucks with great spice shops and hundreds of people
– the big square Djemaa El Fna
– the Koutoubia Mosque
1 PM – Time for lunch at “Le Jardin”
The medina of Marrakech is full of surprises. Behind dirty, old walls the most beautiful restaurants and relaxing spots are located. For us, “Le Jardin” was a must for lunch during the week we spent in Morocco. A green paradise in the middle of sandy walls and dust – not only as a restaurant but also as a relaxing area.
Having cold drinks, chilling on the big lawns and listening to the birdies. I felt like I was at the Cote d’Azur in France when I ate delicious lemone cake while wearing these cool own brand sun hats. Relax and enjoy, you’re not in hurry here!
Favourite thing: “Le Jardin” has cute little turtles walking free through the entire patio!
4 PM – Exploring the “Jardin Majorelle”
After relaxing for several hours it’s time to leave the “Le Jardin” and the medina to have a walk to the “Jardin Majorelle”. This botanic parc is world wide well-known for it’s famous owner Yves Saint Laurent. After his death in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden and today a pillar reminds of the talented designer.
Tipp: Don’t buy a ticket for the “museum” of the Majorelle Garden – it’s not about Yves Saint Laurent or the garden’s history. It’s only about some Morrocaine historical facts and jewelry.
6 PM – Time for (window)shopping in the new city
Not far away from the rue Yves Saint Laurent the new city of Marrakech is located. New houses in european style, big shop- and restaurantchains from the USA and modern dressed Marrocans – the total difference to the traditional medina (which is UNESCO World Heritage btw).
We were pretty impressed by the big selection of shops like ZARA and even ZARA home and it surprised me to see that Morocco also has an advanced and modern side. No donkeys but big cars, no dirt but clean pathways, no traditional robes but latest fashion streetstyles. Take some time for shopping and windowshopping here!
8 PM – dinner in the “Dar Donab”
This is a real insiders tipp for dinner! The “Dar Donab” seemed to be so luxurious and expensive that we firstly didn’t want to go inside but after having a look on the menue we couldn’t resist!
From inside the “Dar Donab” looks like an Indian hideaway palace from the last decade and when we sat down on our table next to the swimmingpool we felt like the riches bitches in town! Perfect service, great drinks and delicious dishes makes this restaurant (and riad) to a perfect spot for dinner.
all pictures by me