Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the country of Morocco. Located beautifully to the north of Atlas Mountains and surrounded by other major and eccentric cities of Morocco, Marrakesh is a beauty on its own. Widely cited as a ‘magical’ city, Marrakesh has certainly developed a pulse with the tourists. With rich history, cordial locals and an inspiring culture, Marrakesh is a true joy to be in. You get to see Islam, palaces, exquisite arts and taste the delicious Moroccan flavors.
The history of Marrakesh is extremely rich and powerful, dating back to its foundation in 1062. By 12th century and 14th century, Islam started to prevail and the very famous madrasas were put to operation. In the same period, brilliant architectural trends took place, particularly of red stone buildings. It finally linked itself to the routes of Sufism by 17th century due to famous saints. Marrakesh offers a wide variety of places to visit, see and explore; each place signifying a story, beauty and some historical facts.
Jemaa el-Fnaa (assembly of the dead) is a must see in Marrakech. By the day a handful of snake charmers play with their cobras with flutes and others sell fresh orange juice, while other females offer henna tattoos. After sunset restaurants fire up their grills, musicians tune up their instruments and storytellers starts telling their stories. You will experience the Moroccan lifestyle and shopping experiences. There is a lot to buy and see.
The Koutoubia Mosque is the landmark of the city. Its sublime minaret and copper globes have become a symbol of the city. Its beauty captures you and can be seen from far.
Jardin Majorelle is a park villa in the city that was actually owned by famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent to restore its originality; the site is still very famous and home to plant species from all over the world.
Medersa Ben Youssef (Ben Youssef Madrasa) it’s an ancient school that was built in the 14 century. The madrasa is filled with magnificent zeillij tiling and incredible stuccowork along with beautiful wood carvings.
Menara is an ancient olive grove, still cultivated, irrigated with a rectangular pool, fed, for over 700 years, through a line of thirty kilometers from the mountains. This is not strictly speaking a pond, but the water is not currently clear. A metal platform spoils this princely decor that was used for the love of the sultans in the charming pavilion pyramid roof. Menara opens its main avenue in a spectacular alignment with the Koutoubia. This park, designed royally serves as privileged place of walk for the Red City.
The Bahia palace is a tale of its own. With breathe taking beauty of the courtyard, ceilings in blue and yellow jewel tones. It is very famous for its beauty, grand design and use of ornaments.
Other great places to visit are, Museum of Photography, Museum of Marrakech, Visual Arts, Saadian Tombs, and many galleries among others.
Food and Culture
Food and culture are a huge part of Marrakesh and its people. With great high class places to cafes and extremely delicious food stalls, the taste of Marrakesh is hard to escape. Le Jardin offers great resort like feeling with light food and drinks; Al Fassia gives a range of menu with drinks, salads and dishes. Perhaps the best thing for travelers is really the street food where you try different things, tastes and develop an association.
The culture ranges from clothing, shopping, arts, literature, museums and even music. You can visit the tanneries in the city where centuries old methods exist. You can get wonderful clothes when on shopping as well as souvenirs. The literature and arts will enchant you phenomenally with its range and craft. The Moroccan music gives you a life of its own, particularly in the evening. Also, a great way to mingle among the locals is to indulge in everyday shops and roads. You can go about Marrakesh on foot or you can get a bike. Rentals are also an option but discovering the place and greenery requires some connection to the place.