Jemaa El Fna
El Badi Palace
How long ?
It is difficult to give a quick answer to this question, three days in Marrakech, is, for us, the minimum length of stay to take from the city a nearly complete picture. You might only have one day in the city, in which case, your visit will be quick and I bet you will want to return as soon as possible.
To facilitate establishing your program, note that the main tourist sites, palaces and museums are open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM. During Ramadan, there may be changes in these schedules, as with the summer heat. From 10 AM in the morning and after 4 PM, the souks begin liven up. On Friday many stores remain closed, it is indeed the day devoted to prayer. It is the same on the occasion of main religious festivals.
Your schedule :
One day in Marrakech :
Even if you are in a hurry, you can not avoid seeing and admiring the famous minaret of Koutoubia, this masterpiece of Almohad art. Quickly in the morning, you can successively go to the Saadian Tombs, the El Badi Palace, and the Bahia Palace, followed by the museum of Dar Si Saïd. In the afternoon, you will visit the souks an make a small stop at the Ben Youssef Medersa, admiring on the way, the “Shrob ou Shouf” fountain nearby. Finishing the day near the Jemaa El Fnaa square.
Three days :
A better option. And we would advise you to approach Marrakech a different way. For example, in the morning, use your car, a taxi or a carriage, to go around the ramparts, lingering on details. Then in the afternoon, go for a walk in the Agdal Gardens and the Menara. Stroll through the parks, near the basins or beneath the shade of olive and orange trees. The silence sometimes broken and enlivened by the birds’ twittering, it will already be an enjoyable reward for you. Your late afternoon may be spent with a first visit to the Jemaa El Fna square.
The second day, early in the morning, rediscover the Koutoubia that you have only seen from afar. But this time, walk around it, more attentively, before returning to the Square. Then take the time to visit the Dar Si Said museum. It is the indispensable initiation to Marrakech before going shopping in the souks. In the afternoon, you will still have time to see the Bahia Palace which is next door.
In the afternoon, visit the souks and end up your day by a walk in the Palmeraie, which adorns itself with warm tint, offering the most spectacular of the sunsets.
The third day. To relax a little, take a short tour of the modern city of Gueliz. Then, why not, wander in the Majorelle garden. Spend the early afternoon visiting the Kasbah, the Saadian Tombs and the El Badi Palace, after enjoying a tasty mint tea in one of the café.
Take time to talk and share a moment with merchants. Your late afternoon will probably still be on this incomparable Jemaa El Fna square. It will then be time to come back to your hotel, to relax and perhaps make the dreamy inventory of everything you have seen and heard.
And what about the hotel ? They say, it is ” An oasis of peace in the middle of the medina”, and this is so true.
These 2 last nights in Marrakech could not have been any better. Riad Farnatchi will subjugate you by its charm.
We loved all the details, the curtain rods are actually made of vintage saddle, from a Moroccan Fantasia horse rider for example.
Behind one of the secret doors of the medina, lies a place of absolute tranquillity. Each room, all more beautiful the ones than the others.
What we loved about the riad :
A spacious room, more than 70 square meters just for the two of us.
A terrace overlooking the swimming pool.
A fireplace (very important and enjoyable in January).
A huge bathtub with an additional open shower.
And for those who love to fall asleep while watching a movie, there is an external hard drive to be borrowed.
Let’s talk about the spa, you will love to stay locked up there forever.
Farnatchi Spa proposes you plenty of treatments to relax or simply express beauty. Do not forget to test the traditional Hammam. And ask for Fadiha, I promise you will be in good hands.
Let’s not forget the breakfast. In one word, i would say Royal. In front of the pool, choose the eggs Benedict.
A restaurant “Le Trou au Mur”, will open soon, serving traditional clay mechoui. Hopefully we will come back to Morocco asap to try it.
In a nutshell:
Hotel : Riad Fartnatchi :
Address : Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis, Marrakec, Morocco
Telephone : +212 524 384 910
Website : www.riadfarnatchi.com
Farnatchi Spa :
Website : www.farnatchispa.com
Azar Restaurant :
Address : Rue de Yougoslavie, Guéliz, Marrakech
website : www.azarmarrakech.com