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... even worth a free tour! We also went to the gardens that are in the city which were nice and peaceful. The majority of time was spent in a lovely cafe called cafe clock which hit all of our criteria of serving nice food, nice atmosphere, there weren't people spitting (Moroccan men's favourite thing to do) there were no cats trying to steal off your plate, you couldn't smell raw meat whilst you were eating and it had wifi. It was a winner considering most places hit none of ...
... It sits at an elevation of 1,700 feet, and was first built in the 10th century, originally built by a Berber tribe.
The famous Sultan Moulay Ismael ruled Morocco for 55 years in 17th and 18th century and decided to make his home here. He used more than 30,000 slaves to work on building an enormous castle complex, and desired to compete with the Sun King, Louis the 14th for the grandeur of his residences and related buildings. The 27 miles of walls here ...
... was the stable. Designed to house over 3000 horses it was considered a mid-sized cavalry outpost. Each horse was attended by three grooms. Unfortunately the roof of this building had been damaged by the Lisbon earthquake in the 1700s which tore down many of the old structures in Morocco despite the considerable distance from the epicentre. It's still impressive. Lauren and I both found the descriptions of the logistics that these buildings required far ...
... columns making it a hauntingly beautiful structure.
We marvelled at the ingenuity of the local storks for which Volubils is famous. These iconic birds nest right on top of the Corinthian columns defying any respect for the dignity of the old edifices.
And yet again, we were just about on our own. There were very few tourists and apart from the searing heat, the visit to Volubilis was enjoyable and highly worthwhile. The Camp Granada ...
... in a month! Another good day in Morocco and another step closer to re-entering Spain!