Marrakech Travel Guide


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    Marrakesh may not be as sophisticated as Fes or Casablanca, but its architectural sites and historical landmarks make it as unique and timeless as these two other Moroccan cities. Apart from Koutoubia's towering minaret, the city also boasts of exotic food stalls and live entertainment at the Djema...

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About Marrakech

Marrakesh may not be as sophisticated as Fes or Casablanca, but its architectural sites and historical landmarks make it as unique and timeless as these two other Moroccan cities. Apart from Koutoubia's towering minaret, the city also boasts of exotic food stalls and live entertainment at the Djemas el Fna, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized in 1985 and conveniently located at the heart of Medina. Touted as the Ochre City because of its red sandstone walls, Marrakesh offers up a variety of places to see, including gardens, cafes, markets, mosques, palaces, tombs and many more.

Must-See Attractions

Besides the towering Koutoubia, you can also visit the Ben Youssef Madras and the mosque beside it. This building is made of cedar, marble and stucco with beautiful carvings of humans, animals and geometric patterns. Opposite them is the Almoravid Koubba or Koubba el Baroudiyine, which is one of the oldest structures in Morocco featuring Almoravid motifs, such as pine cones, palm leaves and acanthus, on its domed ceiling. Other historical sites to visit are the Marrakesh Museum, which is built inside a 19th century palace, and the Palais El Badi or The Incomparable Palace, so named because of its former 16th century grandeur.

Meanwhile, check out the little souks off the southern end of the Djemaa main square where you can buy tagines, tea pots, kaftans, jalabas, spices, shoes and many more. Visit the tanneries at the edge of the Medina or the Saadian tombs that held the remains of Morocco's seven patron saints. Then, take a closer look at the exquisite Majorelle Gardens, which the famous Yves Saint Laurent bought, restored and returned to his beloved adopted city. Other major gardens include Agdala and Menara that feature acres of olive groves and orchards with a huge pool of water.

Things To Do

Whether you're traveling in a group or alone, you'll certainly enjoy seeing the sights and learning all about the history and culture of Marrakesh. Come to the main square at sundown to watch theatrical troupes, musicians and street performers entertain tourists. Do yoga, pamper yourself at a popular hammam, and savor the local cuisine from one of the sidewalk cafes, bistros, restaurants, or food stalls on the street. If you want to drink liquor, then do it discreetly on a rooftop terrace or indoors and out of vew of a mosque. Most of the city's bars and nightclubs are in Gueliz and Hivernage. Before you leave, drop by one of the souks and buy a pair of brocaded babouches or pointy leathers slippers without heels that are made only in Morocco.

Annual Events

Apart from the usual end-of-year celebrations on December 31, the people of Marrakesh also observe the Islamic New Year or Fatih Mouharam in March. They also celebrate the Tafraoute in February with traditional music and dancing to mark the end of winter rains. All followers of Islam in Morocco observe the Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha from September to October. At the same time, the International Film Festival is held around November or December while the National des Arts Populaires is held much earlier in July.

Basic Visitor Info

Because the streets are narrow, driving a car around in Marrakesh is not ideal. Ride a caleche or horse-drawn carriage instead. Another option is to take a metered petit taxi. Take the train or bus to get around Morocco, or rent a grand taxi that seat up to six passengers for out-of-way destinations. The best option for tourists who want to see more of Marrakesh is to join a tour group on an open-top bus with a knowledgeable guide.

Also known as the Pearl of the South, Marrakesh is the fourth major city in Morocco following Fes, Rabat and Casablanca. For those who have visited the Red City, the strap line ""The country that travels within you"" applies perfectly to their memories of Marrakesh.

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