Ah, finally the long overdue post on my first trip out of the UK to Marrakech, Morroco. It is months late but at least I finally post this so do accept my apology. I stayed quite long in Morroco and visited a lot of places so boy, will this post be a long one! I might write several other posts on this exciting trip down to Africa.
Morroco is the very first country I visited on my study abroad in the UK, quite interestingly it was also my very first time setting foot on African soil. So check Africa off the list of continents to visit (although I surely would go back to visit other African countries).It was winter in the UK so visiting the warmer place like Morroco was really an escape. Later in this post, you will also find out that going to its capital, Marrakech was an ultimate escape.
The first time I landed in Marrakech, I fell in love instantly. The weather was lovely and friendly, just like in Indonesia, only slightly less humid. A pleasant change from dingy and rainy English winter.
Apart from the weather, Marrakech also offers colorful sights, which, again, was a pleasant change from dull and gloomy England. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove England but truth to be told its gloominess could be very depressing at times, especially during the winter (which felt like it last longer than it should), hence an escape to a more vibrant place is necessary every once in a while.
Thankfully, Marrakech is just 4 hours flight away from London so it makes a great escape when you’re in need of a refreshing change.
No wonder it is called Red City because it is indeed red everywhere you see. I’m not sure how they managed to get all the building of the entire city painted red. But hold on, red is not the only colour you’ll see as this vibrant city is filled with colours from corners to corners. Such a feast for the eyes.
Every corner of Marrakech is really beautiful, vibrant, and exciting. I could have spent hours wandering and getting lost inside the huge Jemaa El-Fna, wandering around its busy street to Koutoubia Mosque, walking down the off beaten path and find myself inside the Ben Youssef Madrasa.
Places I visited within Marrakech:
1.) Koutoubia Mosque
It is a well-known Marrakech’s icon which you can spot even from miles away as it stands tall among other building in Marrakech that is mostly moderate height. Unfortunately, as it is still utilized as a place of worship for Muslims, I was not able to enter. But just enjoying this majestic building from the outside had been satisfying enough.
2.) Jemaa El-Fna
The main square and traditional market (souks) in Marrakech that is considered as UNESCO World’s Heritage. There are thousands of booths and vendors selling Morrocan goods and spices, cafes and restaurant offering traditional Morrocan foods like Tagine (which I’d grown to love. I literally ate this every single day while I was there!). If you’re an orange juice lover you’ll be in seventh heaven as lots of vendors sell freshly squeezed orange juice! But be careful, there are also lots of snake charmers here. I did not take any picture of them as I was worried that they will ask for money for taking their picture as it usually happens there.
3.) Bahia Palace
A 19th-century palace complex decorated by beautiful Morrocan tiles. As a girl who has a thing with pretty tiles I took a lot of “I have this thing with floors”-shoots. LOL
4.) Ben Youssef Madrasa
Formerly used as an Islamic school, even the largest one in all of Morroco.
5.) Saadian Tombs
Sadly, I got there when it was closed (It was after sunset). Thankfully, I got a perfect shoot of its majestic tower under the dark blue sky of Arabian night. Major love!
6.) Jardin Majorelle
This beautiful botanical garden was owned by Yves Saint Laurent (Yes, that Yves Saint Laurent!). This place houses vast cactus collection and 300 other plant species from all over the globe. Saint Laurent’s electric blue villa stood in the middle of this exotic garden.
I spent around 48 hours in Marrakech before embarking on a trip to the outskirt of Marrakech heading to Sahara Dessert, which I will tell on my next post so, make sure to come back! 🙂