12 May 2016

El Jadida, Morocco

I continued my journey further up the coast from Oualidia, towards El Jadida.  This was to make it easier to loop back down towards Marrakesh the following day, but would enable me to see the UNESCO world heritage site of the Fortress of Mazagan (the old Portuguese walled town).
Inside the old walls is the Portuguese Cistern, which dates back to 1514, and was a brilliant challenge to capture on camera, as the thin layer of water across the floor gives fantastic reflections of the columns and roof.
With it being a quiet town with few tourists, I was able to wander around the market getting up close to the fresh produce, capturing plenty of action from the locals (compared to the Marrakesh markets/souqs).  Shown here is the freshly baked bread (eaten all week for breakfast), selections of many different types of olives, alongside fresh mint (drank in the local mint tea).

11 May 2016

Oualidia, Morocco

If you board the daily local bus heading north from Essaouira, after a slow three hours you may reach the village of Oualidia.  This village is found along the main road; however the reason and attraction to come and stay here was a short 10 minute walk down a hill.  Once down the hill I found the beautiful crescent shaped beach found on a lagoon, which I mainly had to myself for the couple of days spent here.

Here is the view back across the beach and lagoon to the hillside holiday homes illuminated at night, with the water totally tranquil with only a slight breeze.  I did stretch my legs and walk back up the hill to the village, for some relatively cheap but pretty tasty local food of a tajine, it had been smouldering away on the burner for a good few hours and contained slow cooked beef, potatoes and vegetables.

9 May 2016

Essaouira, Morocco

The day I made it to the coast it did nothing but rain, once the sun came out the following day here is shots of around the port, harbor and beach.

7 May 2016

Marrakesh, Morocco

After touching down late in the evening I wasn't sure I'd find my hostel in the winding maze of central souqs (bazaar/markets) of central Marrakesh, many of the winding lanes looked a little like this:
Upon exploring the next day I head the good news that friday is couscous day, being that the locals cook it at the end of their week.  This dish had lamb, potatoes, eggplant, beans and other vegetables in, very tasty and a good find after getting slightly lost around the souqs.

 Walking north towards the Ville Nouvelle (new town) of Marrakesh I found some striking street art.  This was on my way to the Jardin Majorelle, a very picturesque gardens with plants from all over the global and a favorite place of Yves Saint Lauren who lived here.
Overlooking the main square of Jemma el-Fnaa was the mineret, which looked very quiet compared to busyness of the square below.