Marrakesh is a place full of magical attractions.
If you are visiting here for a period as short as 2-days or even less, these are the three spots that you just HAVE to see.
Jardin Majorelle – The “YSL Garden”
Basically it’s a tropical jungle fills with eye-catchy cactuses, big plants, and extraordinary photogenic designs. Here’s a glimpse of what inside looks like:
It also includes a Saint Laurent museum where you can pay extra to visit – but really, the main course is the garden itself.
Speaking of which, there’s also a cafe available for refreshments and small treats!
Approximate duration: 1.5 hour (without museum) / 2 hours (with museum)
Location & useful information
Marrakesh 40090, Morocco
Opening hours: 8am-530pm
Atay Cafe Food – A Hidden Three-Story Gem
Moroccans are spectacularly good with their rooftop designs. This western influenced Moroccan cafe might just be one of the best demonstrations you can find in Marrakesh (or anywhere else in Morocco!)
Honestly if I had enough time, I would just chill here all day, enjoying the pleasant Moroccan summer weather.
Sadly we only had a short stay before we head off to the medina walking tour, so we decided to make the most of it by tasting our first Moroccan authentic dishes. (Because flight meals don’t count, right?)
We ordered Chicken Tagine with Lime, and the Chicken Skewers. The Tagine we had here was the BEST throughout the trip that we had, so if you plan to visit Marrakech I strongly recommend you to try it here.
Also introducing the “Moroccan Whiskey”, which is some freshly-boiled mint tea. It doesn’t contain any alcohol at all, but I guess they name it after whiskey is because they are so addicted to drinking it all day, no matter where, no matter when. At first it tasted weirdly bitter to us, but as we drank more (and also you can add some white sugar, which they will always provide) and more, WOOH! I think it has now become one of my favourite drinks!
Here’s a little tip, remember to take some time to adore the interior design & art pieces of the cafe!
Check out their Instagram for more!
Approximate Expense: 80 Dirhams/Per Head:
Location & Useful information:
Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM
Ben Youssef Madrasa– The Largest Islamic College
Here we learnt a lot about the religious history and current practices in Morocco, and had a chance to get up close to the glamorous and detailed design of Moroccan architecture. Apart from the crafts on the wall, which are usually patterns or Koran texts, Madrasas like this one often include colourful mosaics.
These stunning windows represents every little classroom that held more than 200 hundreds of students at once altogether. Upstairs of these classrooms were dorms for students to live in.
You will have to come & see for yourself what’s behind that door!
Approximate duration: 1 hour (guided tour is recommended)
Kaat Benahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco