Avenue Abdelkrim El Khettabi, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
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main square djemaa el fna
Food stalls at night, Djemaa el-Fna
RIADS + LEAVING LUGGAGE
Going to Marrakech end Oct, has anyone stayed at Dar Nimbus, Riad Julia, Ryad Cigognes, Riad Nejma Lounge would value any info.
We want to stay in Marrakech from 31 Oct to 3 November then going to Taroudannt for 6 days then back to Marrakech so thought we would try one at beginning of trip and a different one at end but some sites we have tried say no availability if you put in dates less than 5 nights which could be a problem.
Also we want to leave a lot of our luggage in Marrakech when we go to Taroudannt does anyone know if there is somewhere we can leave it like a left luggage.
Any advice appreciated.
RE: RIADS + LEAVING LUGGAGE
hi why are you going to taroudannt for so long? or do you mean the area? tafoute not that far from there is lovely and makes a nice circuit from tarouddant (and also especially the stunning drive from marrakech to taroudannt via tizintest - stop at the tin mal mosque along the way if you can and at the summit of tizintest for the view over the huge valley below )via ighrem and tafroute and up the road to agadir or to tiznit. but unless you had a particular reason to stay in taroudant say people you are meeting then half a day is pretty much for taroudant itself.
but i dont know about the luggage question - the railway station might but also the riad you stay at might be able to also and would be worth making contact with them to ask.
RE: RE: RIADS + LEAVING LUGGAGE
Thanks for your reply, we are going to Taroudannt for 6 days just to chill out as we need a rest but do not want to give up all together so we were hoping we would find enough to keep us amused by maybe going for the odd half day or day out any ideas
RE: RE: RIADS + LEAVING LUGGAGE
just that there are so many nicer places to chill out than taroudant! i pretty much lived in morocco and wouldnt want to stay in taroudannt for too long - i used to stay at telouet for ages, thats an excellent place to chill out. i could imagine spending 6 days in tafroute easily - i have spent 3 or 4 days there before. even up at cascade douzoud is lovely. i have stayed there for a few days before. also essouira out at a fishing village 20 mins out of town for a few days. ive stayed in imilichil for a few days and chilled out. i have also enjoying staying at rissanni and merzouga for quite a while. and quite frequently asilah and chefchouen. excellent spots. i would go up the dades gorge and chill out up there somewhere if i could!.
but not really taroudannt! of are you staying at gazelles dor! one of moroccos most exclusive hideaways.
though you could go visit tioute nearby.but anyway just being in morocco is great.
I only wish we were staying at gazelles dor !!!! unfortunately I prefer to stay in budget accommodation and spend my money on lots of goodies to take home with me. You have given me food for thought will explore reducing our stay in Taroudannt.
By the way we are going to stay in Ouirgane and want to do some horse riding do you happen to know of any where in that area or can you suggest somewhere else may be near Marrakech as we are ending our trip with a few days there.
Have you ever stayed at Ijoukak because we are staying there one night and the rough guide says cafe Ounaine or cafe Badaoui, I usually like to look at places on web before I book them but of course no chance we these.
Your advice has been much appreciated.
RE: RIADS + LEAVING LUGGAGE
I stayed at Dars Les Cigognes back in 2004 and it was very nice indeed. The staff are really helpful and probably wouldn't mind keeping hold of your luggage for you: why not give them a ring?
Travel Tips for Marrakesh
Marrakesh - Fes : 3 - 2
By a mere chance, our friend Kamal had to referee a football match in Marrakesh when we were there. It was a good occasion to see each other again and live another experience : a football game in Morocco ! Our friend invited us to go and see him and the other referees he presented us. We went to see the second half. Kamal told us it would be free for women but the policeman at the entrance didn't agree with that and said it was too late to go inside anyway, that there were too many people etc. After trying hard to convince him to let us in, we succeeded, he finally accepted and showed us a place among the Marrakesh's supporters. Five minutes later, he came back to bring us to a better place where we had a better view. This time among the Fes' supporters. We didn't care, we were supporting the referees anyway ! And they did a great job (well, at least that's what I heard, I don't know much about football !)
Wonderful view, decent tagines
We had our first meal in Marrakesh at Chez Chegrouni and having left contented ended up returning several times before we left. The restaurant does a simple menu of Moroccan staples (a tagine of lamb, one of chicken, one of vegetables, a couscous with lamb, and so on) plus omelettes and salads. Nothing particularly exciting, but we enjoyed a number of different dishes and they were all done well. The vegetable tagine was a very tasty example of the dish. Bread is plentiful so two people can easily share a main for a filling lunch, a good option when its 48 degrees and you need something lighter. The fresh fruit juices were very refreshing.
Service is attentive and prices are fair. One thing to note, though - I've heard conflicting things about whether or not the vegetable dishes contain meat stock, so it may be best to check...
The best thing about Chez Chegrouni, though, is the view. Obviously all the restaurants with a balcony in the square have a view over the Djemaa el Fna, but Chegrouni's is particularly good. You have a good proximity to everything that's going on down below. The atmosphere in the restaurant itself enhances the sense of getting away from the bustle below and just being able to watch it all; there are cushions and ceiling fans, lots of colour and hanging lanterns.
Having been to a number of other places in Djemaa el Fna, Chez Chegrouni doesn't have the most adventurous menu, but it compares very favourably for the basic Moroccan dishes that you'll want to try. And definitely my favourite cheap view.
Jemaa el Fna: Incredible Centre of incredible City
Djamaa el Fna or Jemaa el Fna is the main square in the Medina and will probably be the centre of much of your sightseeing. Our first view of this huge area was straight off the bus from the airport. Amid the smoke from the barbecues of the night market and the fires and lamps of the stalls, there were musicians, snake charmers, and sellers of everything from fruit to souvenirs. We had dinner in the Argana Restaurant looking down on a scene of chaotic activity. In the daytime it is almost as spectacular. There are many restaurants and cafés around the square, plus many banks, pharmacies, and other businesses of a practical nature (I made urgent use of an optician). There is a bus stance nearby and boarding point for the horse drawn carriages. You are also near the New Town so if you are staying in that area you are still near the Jemaa El Fna. You are also at the entrance to the souks and other interesting parts of the Medina.
Moroccan Carpets - Manufacture.
The carpet warehouse is a Government Co-operative retailing genuine quality carpets. We walked up the staircase to the 3rd floor looking for toilets and entered a room where carpets were being manufactured. We were informed this area was for demonstration purposes.
Six months after returning home we are very pleased with our hall runner, it receives plenty of traffic and remains unchanged from the day we purchased it.
We are very pleased with our purchase.
The red city near the Sahara
Some people say that Fez is the nicest city in Morocco. For me is Marrakesh! Maybe the architecture and buildings is better in Fez, but Marrakesh is not only its red buildings and walls, Marrakesh is the soul of the desert, the gate of the beaches (Agadir, Essaouira), guardian of the Atlas snowy mountains... I think it resumes Morocco in just one place...
I've been there 4 times... and wouldn't mind going back again!!
I wrote a travel diary in this trip too, with watercolor drawings on it.
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