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What to see in Marrakech according to Jasper Conran
10 cool addresses to visit Morocco’s Red City in the company of the Briton who’s just designed a hotel there
Stylist Jasper Conran takes us around the Moroccan city
Want to discover Marrakech in the company of an exceptional guide? You are in the right place. We chose as testimonial designer Jasper Conran - famous for the fashion collections of his own brand, founder of the London Fashion Week and creator of a boutique hotel he designed down to the smallest details in Marrakech.
And it runs in the family, apparently: during his brilliant career - besides acting as fashion designer of many celebrities – Jasper kept a close relation with his father’s design: Terence Conran was the founder of Habitat, the chain of interior decoration shops, and The Conran shops.
A few weeks prior to the launch of his hotel in the Moroccan city, we asked Conran some suggestions for a weekend among the wonders of the city: restaurants, museums, and architectures.
And here there are 10 tips to discover Marrakech in 3 days.
1. A place for your breakfast:
After a walk in the heart of the Medina, among several Bazaars, and in the Souk (typical market in the central square), delighted by a myriad of colours and smells, stop at the Café des Epices, the ideal place to taste a mint tea in a wide multicolour rooftop.
2. A fascinating place:
The Medersa Ben Youssef Koran school, dating back to the 14th century. This is the best place to admire the typical plaster and inlaid cedarwood decorations, together with the very colourful zellij tiling, typical mosaic tiles. You’ll find yourself surrounded by ancient architectures and the play of light.
Photo by Lisa Mathiasen
3. Where to enjoy the sunset:
Nothing’s better that the main square, maybe drinking a fresh orange juice or a spice tea in one of the local street-food stands.
4. An admirable edifice
The Bahia Palace, dating back to the 19th century, is more than 8 hectares in size, including gardens and the Sultan’s harem area. Among decorations realised by local artisans, it is possible to stop for a quick drink at the Cosy Bar. From there, you’ll be able to observe the stork’s nests on the city’s ancient walls
5. A place for relaxing:
A few steps away from the Saadian Tombs, Les Bains de Marrakech SPA is the perfect place for those who have yet to experience a Turkish bath.
6. A very special place:
The Jardin Majorelle, purchased by duo Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 who restored it. Do not miss the Berber museum
7. A place for your lunch:
Out of town, the rural atmosphere invites to take a swim and have a relaxing lunch among the rose gardens, olive trees, and orchards of the Beldi Country Club (also known as Jnane Tamsna)
8. An afternoon break:
An ice cream at the famous and historically remarkable hotel Mamounia is a must. Here, hundreds of multi-coloured flowers and hard cider orchards, dating back to 18th century, create a unique atmosphere.
9. A restaurant for dinner:
In the heart of the main square Jamaa el Fna, you can taste - at stands number 47 and 98- all of the especially good local food. Not to be missed: the Moroccan version of Fish&Chips, the stew, and hibiscus tea.
10. The day after. A corner to watch the dawn:
The sky. The Ciel D’Afrique hot air balloon offers an amazing view on the High Atlas Mountains and the Imperial City. Definitely an experience not to be missed.
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