your last day, venture to the High Atlas Mountains.
Arrange a car and driver for the hour-long ride to the
village of Imlil. En route, you may
be lucky enough to catch a rural market in progress
at Tahanaoute (Tuesdays) or Asni (Saturdays). From Imlil, a local guide will accompany
you either on muleback or on foot on a scenic 1.5-hour
trek up through shaded paths past cherry and walnut
orchards and overlooking clearings where you will see
villagers tending their gardens or grazing their sheep.
The trek ends at Kasbah du Toubkal,
(former residence of Caid Souktani where Martin Scorsese
filmed “Kundun”) where you can have lunch
on the terrace, which has stunning views of the surrounding
peaks and Berber hamlets, before descending to Imlil
village for the drive back to Marrakech.
vendor at the rural market
alternatives would be a horse or quad bike riding excursion
with lunch at Lalla Takerkouste Dam or a cooking class at the Maison Arabe School in the Palmeraie. There are three golf
courses in the Palmeraie, and camel and horse riding
through the palm groves can also be arranged. Spend
your last afternoon back in the souks checking out the
antique shops on rue Mouassine, which
you can access through Bab Fteuh off the north western
side of Djema l’Fna.
have dinner at one of the lavish palace restaurants
hidden behind anonymous doorways deep inside the Medina. Yacout, Le Tobsil, Palais Gharnatta or Dar Moha are all good choices—bearing in mind that you
will need to have reserved a table. All of these restaurants
have prix fixe menus at night, some of which include
drinks and offer music by Gnawa musicians and/or groups
playing Andalusian music. The food and décor
are both superb and well worth the price of about 500-700
Dirhams per head, or $55-77.