Given our rather brief stay in the city, we had a dilemma on what to do on our second and only whole day: take a day trip to and explore Ourika Valley where we could meet Berbers (original inhabitants of North Africa) and ride camels or stay in the city to museum hop. We opted the latter and ended up pissing ourselves. I mean, the sights and colors were amazing, but it was all sights and no insight. Our expectations were probably sky high or maybe we compared it to other countries’ too much, but I personally found the museums empty and bare. Nevertheless, it was still quite a trip and adventure. No regrets!
We stayed at Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa (www.sirayane.com). No sweeter escape from the British winter
Our hotel was a 20-minute drive from the city centre and direct transportation to Jemaa el-Fnaa (the main square and market place) was provided for at different times of the day.
Opposite the square, and our drop-off point, is the Koutoubia Mosque
The first museum we checked out was the Saadian Tombs, where about 60 of the region’s 16th century dynastic rulers lay.
A bit fancier than the Pinoy version, the “kalesa” seemed to be a fixture in the city.
Next stop was El Badi Palace or “the incomparable palace.” Today, it only consists of ruins and remnants of what it used to be.
Finally, we popped by the Marrakech Museum. The intricate tilework and carvings were consistent and quite spellbinding.
After knocking ourselves out from walking for miles and miles, we headed back to our hotel to take the rest of the afternoon off and enjoy, cherish, and worship the warmth of the sun while it lasted.