Today we enjoy a panoramic city tour of Marrakech. The famous Koutoubia, with its minaret, which is a beautiful display of Hispano- Moresque art. We continue to El Bahia Palace, which was built in the late 19th century. It boasts with a two acre garden and a haphazard arrangement of secret luxury apartments, opening to inner courtyards. Approximately one thousand craftsmen, from the Fez region, worked on the palace. This took them seven years. The only sections, open to the public, are the apartments of the sultan’s favourite concubine, the council chamber and the great courtyard, paved with marble and decorated with zelliges and fountains.
The city is best discovered in an intricate maze of narrow streets in the world of souks. Discover basketwork, dried fruit, spices, clothes, wool, Berber carpets, leatherwork, ironwork, jewellery and much more.
This afternoon we attend the Riad Lotus Chef classes, famous for its authentic kitchen. We enjoy these dishes.
Late evening we learn more about the famous Koutobubia, the Bahia Palace and Djemaa El Fna. Djemaa El Fna square, the beating heart of Marrakech. In the mornings the square is crowded with fruit and spice sellers, ironmongers and barbers. In the afternoon, the Gnaoua dancers, descendants of former Guinean slaves, musicians, story-tellers and snake-charmers come out to entertain.
Overnight Hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia Breakfast and dinner or similar