Celebrating my Birthday in Morocco (Day 3)

The third day in Morocco fell on the day of my birthday (22nd of October) which at the same time was the toughest day of our Morocco trip since the day was spent entirely walking around the streets of Marrakech. For this day, my mom & I availed a tour from Viator.com which covered most of the tourist attractions I wanted to check out.

Our first stop was the famous mosque in Marrakech called “Koutoubia Mosque“. It is also currently the largest mosque in the city.

We then stopped by the Kasbah Mosque & later popped into the Saadian Tombs which dates back to the Saadian dynasty. The Mausoleum has 3 sections; the first division is where one will find the graves of the princes & princesses, the second is the main room where the sultan & his wives were buried & the last room was for the ladies of the harem. The exterior garden was reserved for the graves of the sultan’s soldiers & servants.

Bahia Palace, our third spot for the day was annoyingly crowded and full of tourists which was expected since we arrived late but that did not pull away from the fact that this palace is truly spectacular! I fell in love with its vast gardens plus the ornate details in every room of the palace.

Close to that is the Tiskiwin Museum hence it was a no-brainer to make a stop there too. This small museum is actually housed in a riad and it has all sorts of collections like Moroccan art, baskets, carpets & jewelry.

After the long walks we took non-stop, we finally had a lunch break at a restaurant named Dar Es Salam. At first glance, you wouldn’t even consider this place a restaurant since it looked more like a palace inside because of its beautiful interior & massive dining areas. I was blown away, to say the least & I was quite pleased to have my birthday lunch there.

All the energy we gathered during lunch quickly diminished as we continued walking around Jemaa el-Fnaa & inside the souqs to make our way to the last stop of the itinerary which was an old Islamic college, the Ben Youssef Madrasa. This concluded the tour option we took on Viator.com but our day did not end there.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

Mom & I headed back to our riad for a quick nap before going to one of Marrakech’s luxurious hotels, La Mamounia. We had my birthday dinner at their French restaurant called “Le Francais” which I already planned in advance even before stepping foot in Morocco. The service was excellent, the ambiance even better & the food was remarkable. As I have already anticipated, the menu was expensive but I do not regret dropping some serious coin during my birthday since I considered this as a once in a lifetime experience.

Overall, I was truly happy on my birthday and the fact that the day ended on a high note was just the cherry on top!


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