Continuing on from the previous trail of thought a few other highlights which are a must when you’re in Marrakech. Maison de la Photographie is a very quaint museum with wonderful prints littering the walls.
We couldn’t resist buying ourselves a very reasonably priced souk print to remember our holidays by in the new flat. Make sure to pop up to the rooftop restaurant which has very good food and drinks on offer.
You could fit in the main museums and buildings in one day by walking around the city, just bring some water and stay hydrated! Marrakech museum was impressive with a mesmerising hall full of tiles everywhere. Make sure to explore the secret rooms and halls as well.
Ben Youssef Madrasa was worth a visit, quite eye opening to see the size of those rooms which the students would have lived in.
It is an Islamic college which was founded back in the 14th century which then closed in 1960 to be reopened as a historic building for the public to visit.
Before we knew it, it was time to make our way up into the Atlas mountains which would be home for the next two days and by the sounds of things time for a well needed (most of the Kasbah’s are BYO, but be respectful)!
We made our way up the winding roads in the pouring the rain, climbing higher and higher into the clouds. Unfortunately we awoke to a complete white out which meant reading by the fires at Kasbah du Toubkal.
The next morning we awoke not feeling too optimistic but opened the curtains and the beauty that awaited us was incredible.
Clear views across the mountains, beautiful flowers lining the Kasbah it was staggering. We made the most of the free walk on offer which takes you up into the local town of Imlil. Imlil sits at the base of Mount Toubkal which is the highest mountain in North Africa.
The mountains are worth visiting although you could also do it in a day trip and have lunch at Kasbah with a walk in the morning or afternoon.
Our next and final stop was Essaouira where we stayed in the fabulous Le Jardin Des Douars.
Unfortunately it appeared the rain had followed us and we had about 4 out of our 5days there in solid rainfall. Luckily the one day we had my first ever 4hr surf lesson booked it was glorious sunshine and the waves were perfect. I’ll admit this wasn’t my idea and exactly what I wanted to do but I can safely say it was great fun. The aches and pains after a real sign of the effort put into getting on that blooming board!
The town is known for it’s surf and wind surfers but due to the weather and the location of Le Jardin our time was spent getting very very relaxed with books and massages. May have lacked the local culture every day but it was glorious, although Lawrence was rather fidgety come the end of our stay there. It’s a beautiful hotel, a little more family orientated than we thought but also caters for the adults with a great wine list and beautiful food by candlelight.
We did manage a trip out to eat our weight in cheese at the wonderful La Fromagerie.
It’s run by a very well travelled and intelligent man who turned his hand to cheese making years ago and decided to do lunch and dinners as well.
Every course as you can imagine comes with cheese and guests sit in his home pretty much surrounded by candle light and in our case just one other couple.
It was a very interesting way to dine and would recommend, perhaps go in the day so you get to view the land.
We had an amazing trip to Morocco and can definitely see it’s appeal to us Brits for long weekends in the sunshine (well not always guaranteed).
The food was fabulous and the scenery is simply breathtaking and of course it’s not a trip to Morocco without a camel ride. Enjoy!