From the moment I stepped my foot on Marrakech I knew that it was not a regular city. I ‘ve decided to stay some of the days in the heart of the Medina to feel the vibe. Riad Dar Darma is an oasis in the madness of the Medina.
An elegant traditional Moroccan palace with an interior garden and a roof top with a view of the Koutoubia Mosque and of course the Atlas Mountains covered with snow all around the year.
It has six suites all decorated in Moroccan style, antiques and Versace fabrics. I ‘ve stayed in the Blue suite with the beautiful dinning room, a living room with a fireplace and the two bedrooms.
In the morning after the delicious homemade breakfast by Maria I left the riad. Walking in the hot streets in the mysterious Medina my nose leads me to the spice bazaar. Full of colours and smells, the red caftan of a local lady passing suddenly looked like it was made out of safran. Although I haven’t seen Carrie Bradshaw around, I definitely saw a lot of carry. 🙂
Buy some spices and of course the famous moroccan tea which is a blend of mint and green tea. Mix it with a lot of sugar and serve it in the traditional way. Don’t leave the market without buying an amber perfumed soap.
If you haven’t been lost in the Medina then you haven’t seen a thing. So I got lost… Finally I found the way out to the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa which is the largest square of Marrakech.
Tip: Wear pattern on pattern.
Stop for just a moment and observe all that chaos! Hundreds of people passing by, snake whisperers, monkeys and the central bazaar which leads you to Ben Youssef Madrasa, the oldest college in Marrakesh. For dinner taste the famous beef tagine with couscous and enjoy a traditional belly dance at the Le Marrakchi restaurant.
My next morning was filled with blue and yellow. Jardin Majorelle is one of the most unique gardens I have ever seen and restored by Yves Saint Laurent.
Have lunch at the restaurant inside the gardens.
Before my afternoon tea I had some time to visit the Bahia Palace.
Tip: Be stylish in the hot weather with a handmade Moroccan hat.
Tip: Don’t play it safe with colours in Marrakech.
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