Marrakech – Dazzling and Chaotic
If you’re looking to visit a very unique destination unlike any other place, Marrakech should be it. This city is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and it s filled with many must see attractions.
Take a stroll around the old-walled city (Medina) to experience and take in the wonderful smells, sights and sounds. You cannot miss the Jemaa el-Fnaa. This famous action packed square and marketplace remains a favorite for tourists as well as the locals. The square’s snake charmers, trained monkeys, acrobats, henna tattoo artists and storytellers make for great entertainment. In the evening you can dine at food stalls as hundreds of chefs turn the square into a huge open-air restaurant. The square has thrived for more than 800 years and continuously draws more attraction every year.
Explore the rest of the bustling Medina, visiting its wonderful museums and souks. The souks are comprised of many alleyways of tiny shops. The further you venture in the more interesting they become. Every section has its own specialty such as carpets and textiles, wool, cotton, clothing, cooked snails, spices and magic supplies.
Next you can take a relaxing breath in the Majorelle gardens. Formally owned and preserved by Yves Saint Laurent, the gardens are comprised of rare flora from five continents built in 1931 by painter Jacques Majorelle. In the garden you will also see marble pools, raised pathways, banana trees, groves of bamboo and coconut palms. The garden is composed and coloured like a painting. Many of the built features were painted in a dark blue (‘Majorelle Blue’) which works very well with the soil, climate and plants.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech’s most famous symbol. Built in a traditional Almohad style, it is visible from near and far as it towers majestically over its surroundings. It is an active place of worship and non-Muslims may not enter, however the gardens and courtyard are open to the public. The mosque and minaret date back to the 12th century and are the city’s best example of structures from the Almohad Period.
Constructed by Sultan Ahmed El-Mansour in the 16th century, the Badi Palace took 25 years to complete. Although mostly ruined, you can still stroll around the grounds and explore the terrace and underground of the palace.
You can also indulge in a traditional steamy hammam and experience the centuries-old ultimate body cleanse, followed by a body massage. Furthermore, a few hours drive outside of Marrakech can get you to some amazing locations to visit such as the dunes of the Sahara which includes sunset rides on camels, Atlas Mountains , and different valleys around which are all worth making the day trip for. A holiday to the fascinating and beautiful Marrakech promises to be like nothing you’ll have ever experienced before, as there is much to absorb and experience.