Le Domaine de l'Ourika

km 9 route de l'Ourika, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
Le Domaine de L'Ourika
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Need trip planning help quick

by freebird99

I am in London at the moment of business and have 3 days to play with before flying home to NY. So should I go to Marakesh or Fes? Raynair has some really good rates from London and I don't want to go too far because I have to arrive back in London for a flight to NY late Sunday night. Any other places would be appreciated. I'm trying to go where it's warm. I'm already scheduled to go to Egypt next weekend. Thanks for your replies. :-)

RE: Need trip planning help quick

by chanito

Neither destination is really warm at the moment, a real point of misunderstanding for a lot of people. The high is around 60°, with temperatures dropping to nearly freezing at night. I guess it is, technically, warmer than London, but you won't find too much central heating here!

I guess Marrakesh is the trendy place to go, but Fes is for the more seasoned traveller and is in my opinion much more fascinating culturally than M.

RE: RE: Need trip planning help quick

by freebird99

You suggest Fes, any suggestions on hotel and overall must see places. For the most part I just want to try to get to one more country before heading back to NY, so my motivation will be just taking many photos and soaking in the country.

Thanks for your reply.

RE: RE: Need trip planning help quick

by kbr61263

if you have not visited north africa before either will potentially be quite a culture shock. I am NOt trying to put you off, however, but be aware. the first day or two in somewhere like this is not always the most enjoyable, but it could change your life.. in a very positive way.
I would pick the one which works best for you with flights etc. they are different in some ways, but similar i more, from the perspective of someone from the "developed" world

RE: RE: Need trip planning help quick

by travelmad478

I'm not sure if you have taken Ryanair much, but if not, I would be VERY careful about using this airline if you have a must-make connection on the same day. Those cheap fares are accompanied by dreadful service, which can leave you stranded for hours or even days in the (very common) occurrence of a flight cancellation.

RE: RE: Need trip planning help quick

by freebird99

Thanks TMad478 for the tip! I often wondered what was the catch.


RE: RE: Need trip planning help quick

by chanito

Maybe traveler's experience has been different to my own, but the one thing that Ryanair has done consistently well is arrive on time. And since Ryanair has started flying from Luton to Fes, I've not heard of any cancelled flights. Of course, if you have to make a connection the same day you are running the risk regardless of whatever flight you take, but the Ryanair flight leaves Fes mid-morning, which should give you plenty of time.

I would look into Trip Advisor's list of Fes hotels, which also include visitor's reviews, and stay in a Dar or Riad....a very unique Moroccan experience.

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Get your teeth fixed

by DanielF

One of the most amazing things we saw in the Djemaa el Fna square was a dentist stall where people would go and have their teeth fixed in the middle of the street. The street dentist kept the teeth he took off as a kind of treasure and piled them on his table.

Grand taxi - for us a car with driver

by vtveen

‘Grand taxis’, most of them are Mercedes, are usually used for travelling between Marrakech and other villages or towns.
For our first day trip to the Atlas Mountains we rented a ‘grand taxi’, or better a car with a driver. We felt safer - especially the traffic in the medina is absolutely crazy - having a car with driver than driving by ourselves.

Of course it is quite relaxing and you just can enjoy the (beautiful) scenery and the villages along the road. Our driver, although he didn’t speak too much English/German, also was a kind of guide. He found a small local café for a cup of coffee and a restaurant in Ijoukak for a pleasant lunch.
The only disadvantage is the fact we were not as free as ‘normal’ for shooting pictures.

The journey to the Tizi-n-Test Pass, with visits to the market in Asni and the Tin Mal Mosque, took a whole day and we had to pay (without bargaining) 750 Dirham. Our hotel (Hotel Sherazade) made the reservation for this ‘grand taxi’. It is about the same price or even cheaper than renting a car.

Try A Hammam

by 43beckos

The hammam is both an invigorating and embarrasing experience. Invigorating in so much as your skin will never have felt so clean, embarrasing in so much as you don't realise how much dead skin can be sloughed off you, even when you have showered before visiting the hammam. Essentially the hammam is a series of steam rooms and scrubs, beginning with a steam, then a scrub with a loofah style mitten (kissa), the trainer then procceds to throw a mixture of hot and cold water over you then sends you back to the steam room again. Next comes the "Gomage" a massage with Beldi black soap, which completeley cleanses your skin and pulls off all of those dead skin cells. Again the trainer throws more water at you and showers you off, in the end you feel completely clean, like you have been through a human car wash.

Djemaa El Fna square

by yoshimi

You have to see it: the ambiance is unique. During the day, you'll see snake charmers and at night food stands will be all over the place selling snails, orange juice, sheep heads, shish kebabs, tajine... A good place to hear music if you don't mind being asked for money every minute.


by gmg61

One of the most beautiful city of Morocco, Marrakech has a peculiar character, recognised by the Moroccan itselves, who like to visit this city to get part of his medieval allure and to shop around in the big souq.

One of the most impressive monuments of the city, and one of the first to be seen when you arrive to the city centre from the airport is the Mosque of Koutoubia, originally built in the 12° century, with a 80 metres tall minaret that visible from almost every point of the city, perfect orientation point for the tourists who loose their way in the narrow street of the old city.

Passing through one of the many old city gates you enter the old city and strolling throught its streets you could end up in the Mellah (the Jewish district) but anyway you'll end up in Djamaa El Fnaa, a very big square that's a sort of 24 hour open air show.
North of the square you enter the souq, one of the biggest and oldest of Morocco.
The aer many other attractions in the city: the nearby palmeraie (a vast palm oasis), the Majorelle Garden, the Ben Yousse Madrasa, plus good restaurants and bars.

What surprised me a lot is the life of Marrakech, with local people walking and enjoying the fresh air of evening and often open to the contact with strangers.


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