Our last few days spent in Marrakech we so chilled, we spent a lot of time at our charming riad, enjoyed the sunshine on the roof patio and finished our holiday reads, fed cats and little kittens, went out when we felt like it and just strolled around aimlessly. We popped into a few museums and palaces.. ate well – yes, and we returned to our favourite spot, Nomad.
You can read more about our stay at Riad Les Yeux Bleus here.
Musée de Marrakech
The Museum of Marrakech is a museum in the old centre of Marrakech, Morocco. The museum is housed in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by Mehdi Menebhi. The museum houses both modern and traditional Moroccan art and a collection of historical books, coins and pottery. However, since the descriptions are all in Arabic or French, our focus turned to the building itself: the enormous chandelier consisting of metal plates decorated with fine geometric and epigraphic cuttings, exquisite zellij tile work, a traditional fountain in the central courtyard and beautifully painted doors and ceilings. It is the ideal place to sit for a moment and imagine the old world of Morocco.
Musée de Marrakech
Place Ben Youssef – Marrakech-Médina | +212 24 44 18 93 | website
CALL TO PRAYER – Adhān
One of the joys of being in Marrakesh, or a Muslim city anywhere, is hearing the call to prayer. There is undeniably something moving about this touching, age-old invocation to worship may, even if it wakes you up after 5 am. You can hear a little sample on the video clip above.
BAHIA PALACE – BAHIA PALATSI
The Bahia Palace is located in the medina of Marrakech along the northern edge of the district Mellah, or Jewish quarter. The building of the palace begun by Grand Vizier Si Moussa in the 1860s and embellished from 1894 to 1900 by slave-turned-vizier Abu ‘Bou’ Ahmed. He brought Morocco’s best artisans from Fez to build it for him.
The palace is quite substantial and covers nearly eight hectares, it consists of a series of walled gardens, pavilions, and buildings of the court at different scales.
We spent a long time admiring all the pathways of colourful zellij tiles, zouak painted ceilings, and marble-paved courtyards. Their lush open-air gardens are filled with small fountains, cypress, orange, jasmine and banana trees. The scent of the orange blossoms was stunning and it was my first time ever seeing a banana tree flower – so enormous!
I will never forget the scent of Orange Blossoms at the gardens of Bahia Palace.
5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid – Marrakech 40000 | website
ROOFTOP LUNCH AT EL FENN
We had a delicious, long and relaxing lunch at the El Fenn rooftop restaurant and spent a wonderful afternoon at Riad El Fenn.
Fresh roses on all the tables.
Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina | +212 524 44 1210 | website
I must mention our favourite juice bar in the city: Winoo! Amazing freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
Spices in the Mellah District
Marrakech is all about letting go, getting lost and opening up to whatever experience or encounter may come your way. It truly is an exceptional place where you want to return again and again…
Shukran (thank you) to all of the people that made us feel so welcome!