Day 7: Route of the thousand Kasbahs
In this last leg before arriving to Marrakech we drive along the ‘route of the thousand kasbah’s’ and make a stop in Skoura.
This town that, at first glace might not appear to be much, is actually a beautiful green oasis that once was an important trading point. After a two-month journey across the Sahara, blue-robed Tuareg desert traders would offload cargo from caravans and Middle Atlas mountaineers packed it onto mules headed to Fez. Though times have changed since then, Skoura’s historic mud-brick castles remain, and desert traders throng Monday and Thursday souqs brimming with intensely flavourful desert produce.
It’s also famous thanks to the 17th century Amerhidl Kasbah that has been immortalised on the back of the country’s 50 dirham note!
After visiting Skoura, we continue our route until we reach Marrakech: our ‘home’ for the next two nights.
Day 8: Marrakech
Marrakech has stood for close to a thousand years, a city of history and culture.
One of the most evocative places in the world, it’s best know for its medina. This Red City (given this name due to the hue of the thick walls surrounding the old city) is a show-stopping sight of crowded souqs, where sheep carcasses swing from hooks next door to twinkling lamps, and narrow, doodling ochre-dusted lanes lead to nowhere. The main artery into this mazy muddle is the vast square of Djemaa el-Fna, where it’s carnival night every night. Stroll between snail-vendors, soothsayers, acrobats and conjurers, musicians and slapstick acting troupes to discover the old city’s frenetic pulse.
It’ll be a challenge to capture just one story, luckily, we have the whole day so you won’t have to!
Day 9: See you soon!
Transfer to the airport and end of the adventure…for now.