Morocco offers to tourist lot of places that are worth the visit. Marrakech is one of them. If you plan to visit Morocco make sure you include this interesting historical city in your itinerary. Marrakech has always been a popular destination among famous people. Former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill said about Marrakech that “it is the loveliest place on earth”. Read about TOP places you should visit in this magnificent city 🙂
Marrakech is one of 4 royal cities of the Kingdom of Morocco. For several years in a row Marrakech occupies in various rankings leading places of the most popular cities in the world. According to TripAdvisor Marrakech is the 3rd popular destination in the year 2016.
It is also called the Red City. You will immediately realize why. City is built from red bricks and clay. Marrakech is ideal starting point for tours to Atlas mountains.
1. Jemaa el Fna
Notorious Jemaa el Fna is tha main square of the city and the main spot of every tourist that visit Marrakech. In the past executions took place on this square. Nowaydays it serves as the place where after sunset you will experience atmosphere that you will remember all your life. Snake chamers hypnotize their cobras. Storytellers talk their stories to the people that surround them. Various street performers exhibit their skills. All of this and intensive sounds of drums make this place so energetic. Such power you can feel from it.
Food stalls with moroccan cuisine occupy significant part of the square. Choose what you want for the dinner. It will be tagine, couscous or you will try snails. The best view on the whole square is from caffe called Le grand balcon du café glacier.
2. Souk and oldtown
Morocco is also famous for its souks. Every bigger city has one. Souk or market locates in the oldtown of Marrakech only couple of meters from Jemaa el Fna square. You can buy here almost everything. From rugs, silver plated teapots and caftans, through leather slippers called babouches, to desert stones, ravines and various spices. Wander through the souk during the day and hide here from the sun. Souk is largely covered from the sun. Salesmen will invite you for a cup of mint tea into their stores. No, it’s not disinterested hospitality as you might think. They are trying to sell you their stuff. And sometimes it can be hard to get outside the store 😀 If you want to buy something as a souvenir, haggle hard! The prices are exaggerated 🙂
Saadian tombs discovered only in the beginning of the 20th century are wonderfully decorated. Take a 15-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna square. The time has preserved the tombs in great condition. Admire unbelievable details of masters of islamic art. Entrance fee is 10 dirhams.
4. Bahia palace
Not far from Saadian tombs you will another place that worth the visit. This palace built in the end of the 19th century by Grand Vizier Si Musa. Entrance fee: 10 dirhams (approx. 1 EUR).
5. Koutoubia mosque, Marrakech
Only 5 minutes walk from Jemaa el Fna square. You cannot miss it as the minaret is the highest building in Marrakech. It is also the largest mosque in the city. No other building may be higher than Koutoubia minaret (77 meters). It’s nicely lit during the night. Go after amazing view on the minaret from terrace above KFC restaurant.
6. Jardin Majorelle
Gardens located in district Gueliz. Visit of Jardin Majorelle is a pleasant change compared to the bustling city center. This botanical garden houses various plant species. Admission fee is required (50 dirhams). Renowned fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent owned Jardin Majorelle from 1980 until his death. After his death in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the garden.
You can find tanneries also in Marrakech. They are not so famous as those in Fez, but are worth the visit. Prepare yourself for horrible smell. Bunch of mint leaves will relieve the smell quite well 🙂
Marrakech is the city you will remember. It will influence your senses. je mesto, na ktoré po návšteve rozhodne nezabudnete. Ovplyvní všetky vaše zmysly. Long time will resonate in your head various odors, tastes, sounds and experiences.
We wish you: Bon voyage! And lots of amazing experience 🙂