Villa Dar Zina
Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... It was lavishly decked out with Moroccan stylings, gold trimmings and the beautiful aromas of flowered incense filled the air. To really set this room above the rest there was a sitting area with an open roof. Like all Riads it had been built traditionally and despite what some might say as primitive, their age old techniques were fool proof in keeping the heat out. Our open air sitting room was a cool haven where we could enjoy the natural light. ...
... too. It wasn't long before the sun got hot and we came to more dessert like landscapes. It was a long day but we arrived in Marrakech mid-afternoon (minus one hub cap and plus one speeding fine!).
We found a secured car park at one of the entrances to the Medina and in broken French organised with the guardians to leave our van here for three nights. Well I think we did anyway. They have someone there to watch over ...
... wild. Also there are hundreds of eucalyptus trees brought here by the Spanish. We've also seen many many storks and their Hugh stick nests perched from power pylons to chimneys. We went out to dinner by horse and cart dodging all the mad drivers. Well the square here is something else. Performers everywhere - magicians, music, monkeys ( yuck) and john's favourite - snake handlers and "charmers". One told John there was no charge "come over here and I'll take your photo no ...
... All the
carriage horses that carry tourists around have anklets on that say
SPANA to prove they have passed a SPANA warrant of fitness (no bits
that dig into the flesh, no badly fitted harnesses causing sores -
they also do spot checks). The square
had snake charmers, musicians, magicians, food stalls, date and fig
stalls, monkeys (which I carefully ignored because they're a bit
cruel) but the very best thing about the square was fresh-squeezed
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center