km 16,5 route d'Amizmiz, Tameslouht, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
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Carpet workshop, Ensemble Artisanal
people in the souk
The Orange Juice wagons
Tarifa, Spain to Marrakech
I have read extensively the forums that have been posted on this thread but found none specific to my questions. My husband and I are traveling by bus from Seville to Tarifa, then by boat from Tarifa to Tangier, and then by train from Tangier to Marrakech. I wanted to know if it is all possible to do this in one day or if we have to stop for the night in Rabat. We are young and pretty adventurous but I also just found out I'm pregnant - and I will be 6 months pregnant in September when we go, so I started to worry a bit.
Re: Tarifa, Spain to Marrakech
Hmm, we considered that route in our planning, but then changed it to Malaga to Tarifa to Tangiers to Fez. That turned out very easy for us but some of that was luck.( We later made it to Marrakech but liked it less than the rest of Morocco).
The thing about Morocco is it is hard to say because a lot will depend on when you get in and if the trains are full. You can not book the trains ahead. It will also depend on how early you can catch the bus and ferry. I think it is a 12 hour or more train ride from Tangier to Marrakech and we were planning on taking the sleeper cars if we went that route. ( Again it is a maybe because who knows if a sleeper car will be available until you get there).
Also time difference will play a part here, it was 2 hours behind Spanish time in April when we did it,but not sure what it is in September.
You could read our blog about our trip to maybe get more of a feel for things:
I would be EXTREMELY careful with food and water while there as way too many people get sick there as it is an easy place to get dysentery which is not something you would like while pregnant.Bring antibacterial wipes or non water soap and use them constantly and be very diligent about food...if you can not peel it yourself, if it is not hot, do not eat it. That means no salads ( people often get sick on salads due to washing it with bad water that one can not see) but you can eat an orange or banana and hot tangines etc.
We traveled with a 6yo so were extra cautious but still had the time of our lives.
Sorry I can not answer your specific question,but thought this might help.It is a hard question to answer even from someone who has done it as there are lots of variables. If it was me,I would stop in Rabat or do the Fez route that we took.
Travel Tips for Marrakesh
You will see this symbol all over Marrakesh: as here, used as a door knocker; incorporated into designs for carpets and leather goods; in jewellery; painted on a wall ... This is the hamsa, a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout North Africa and the Middle East. It appears in both Islamic and Jewish traditions, and is believed to act as a defence against the evil eye. As you can see, the hand is stylised with two symmetrical thumbs, and the ornate patterns echo those of the henna painters who throng the Djamaa el Fna. Maybe it would be better to buy a necklace or wall-hanging incorporating the symbol rather than have your hand decorated as the latter (in my past experience) can look rather incongruous when you return home and put on your business suit, and in any case will quickly fade.
You might be taking your life in your hands driving in the city area as accident rates are fairly high – you will see very little, if any, courtesies. A lot of he streets in the old part of the city and around the medina are very narrow and are more for pedestrians or carts. At night time there is no law for having lights on up to 20kms per hour which creates another hazard.
Apologies for my attempts at night time photography.
This 12th century mosque, started in 1150 and completed later in the 12th century by Sultan Yacoub el Mansour, has become the symbol and dominant landmark of Marrakesh. This crenulated (castlellated) minaret design is typical of mosques all over Morocco, basically four-sided and looking like a fortress tower (unlike the round shape across the rest of the Islamic world).
As regards the tourist, the mosque's minaret also acts as a landmark by which to find their way to 'Djemaa el Fna' Square. If lost, get into the open and look for the minaret. The square is visible across the road from it down a broad pedestrian avenue with a big western hotel on the left hand side.
An interesting story told by a local guide here was about the wearing of the veil by Muslim women and it may be asking different people may solicit different views. He said that the wearing of the veil was something that started out in the deserts by nomad women to keep the dust and sand out of their face and it's perception as a symbol of Islam was incorrect. He commented that this interpretation was due to a misinterpretation of the Koran about women dressing modestly. What was actually meant by this at the time of Mohammed, I as a non-Muslim will not comment, but I am aware that to this day that the interpretation of the Koran is still debated by some Islamic scholars. This is something for Muslims to decide and I intend to stay out of this one.
This is the only part of modern Marrakesh which we really saw much of, as do many tourists. We came here on our first day to visit the Majorelle Gardens, but also unfortunately found ourselves here on several more occasions for my clinic treatment and to visit pharmacies for the painkillers and injections that I had been prescribed.
The name of this district comes from the Gueliz Mountain west of Marrakech. It is laid out very much in the European style, with broad avenues and little cafés on many corners. At first glance these can look extremely Parisian, but then you spot the Arabic signs and the tea pots and glasses of mint tea and realise that Europe is further away that it might have seemed.
Gueliz is also home to many of the commercial premises that keep the city moving: banks, travel agencies, offices, shops, post office, railway and bus stations ... For tourists the main attractions are the Majorelle Gardens and perhaps the Cyber Park Arsat Moulay Abdeslam, which we passed but didn’t visit. This is also the place to find modern hotels, more Western in style and character, if these are your preference.
The main thoroughfare that bisects the district is the ever-busy Avenue Mohammed V which links three squares – the Place Abdel Moumen Ali, Place du 16 Novembre, and Place de la Liberté. To the south of the last of these it passes through the Bab Nkob gate into the Medina.
A warm welcome in August
"A 'taster' to Marrakesh"
This was the first visit to Marrakesh but hopefully not the last. In August it can get very hot during the day and there was a haze that prevented views of the Atlas mountains. But as a short trip to 'taste' the city, it was fun.
Marrakesh is becoming so much easier and cheaper to travel to these days. I flew EASYJET from London Gatwick but there are other options.
The city is certainly hoping to attract more and more tourists so get to see it before it's OVERWHELMED !
"RIAD in the Kasbah"
Marrakesh is basically the old walled city - the Medina - or the outer newer city developed during French colonial times. I chose to stay in the Medina so that getting around to see many of the sites was by foot. The main central point that you head for is the open space called the Jemaâ el Fna. Can't miss it really especially at night. There are always drums banging and something happening. From ladies trying to stick henna on you to many orange juice sellers. After cruising the square you will need some refreshment.
"calèche - the horse drawn carriage"
One way of getting to know the sights and smells of the Medina is to take one of the carriages. Alternatively use the double decker red tour bus. It visits part of the medina plus a tour in the new city.
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Address: km 16,5 route d'Amizmiz, Tameslouht, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco