A pleasant surprise happened last week-I got some days off and went on a press trip to an exotic destination! A week away from the Scottish winter, enjoying delicious food, sunshine and warmth on my skin-there’s no chance I could have said no. Without much thought I found myself landing in Marrakesh along with Michelle from Ananyah, Sheri from Forever Yours, Betty and Amanda from Honey Pop Kisses. We were all very happy and excited as it was our first time in Marrakesh and Morocco in general. Travel guide Marrakesh
On our first day we did plenty of sightseeing and one of the places that got into my heart is the Menara Gardens, possibly because it combines two of my favourite things in nature; water and olive trees! Not the typical gardens you might have in mind; the vegetation is thousands of olive trees to provide shade for an impromptu picnic and there is a huge water pool in the centre for the trees irrigation. It’s a lovely place to sit and get some rest after a day of sightseeing in the city. The temperature was nice and warm-such a pleasant sock to my body, being fully exposed to the sunshine. Travel guide Marrakesh
There is something so magical about seeing camels everywhere instead of cars, don’t you think? I could get used to this life!
Our next stop was Les Tombeaux Saadiens or Saadian Tombs for Brits. Travel guide Marrakesh
This is the perfect sightseeing spot if you are in a hurry and you want to see something within 10 minutes. It is located near the Badi Palace and the entrance fee is only 10 dirham, that’s less than 2 pounds! I mean, where could you possibly find a historical place in the UK with such low entrance fees? I would suggest you read a bit of history about the Saadian royal dynasty before visiting the tombs as I couldn’t find any literature display on spot.
Seeking for tranquility and peace we found ourselves in El Badi Palace, another remain of the glorious Saadian dynasty. This was the first time I saw a sunken citrus fruit orchard -what an interesting feature! Travel guide Marrakesh
Flying birds above the large pools and sunken gardens is the only noise that disturbs the restfulness of this place, my heart felt really happy and calm. Travel guide Marrakesh
El Badi translates as ‘The Incomparable’ and even though the palace is destroyed by the war, walking though the levels you can still get a feeling of how glorious this place once used to be. The story says it once had 360 rooms and was decorated in Sudanese gold, ivory, Italian marble semi-precious stones and cedar wood. So much glory, my poor imagination can’t even picture!
Walking a bit further away there are the cells were the sultan kept his prisoners, still remaining there for the visitors to explore, as well as the sheer scale of the palace where you can enjoy breathtaking views on top of it.
Our last stop for the day was the Palais Bahia, it was built in the 19th century with the intention to be the greatest palace of its time. This is the place with the most beautiful mosaic floors and walls I’ve ever seen. The flowering garden through the harem is where people used to wait for the sun in order to beg for the owner’s mercy. The palace was built for Bou Ahmed’s four wives and twenty four concubines and at some point it was used as a venue to entertain French guests around 1908.
The tile pattern and wooden frames carving work makes this place a must to visit when in town. Similar to El Badi palace this is another place that even though its next to the bustling city centre, a heat of silence and tranquility heats you upon arrival. If you love history and appreciate arts then this is definitely a place to breathe in.
I have more than thousand pictures to sort out right now, so I will let you just here with my first impressions for Marrakesh. More posts to follow tomorrow so stay tuned…