About Marrakech

Established in 1062 & founded by Abu Bkar ibn Umar, Marrakech is one of the major city of Morocco. Located in the north of spectacular Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is the forth largest city of Morocco. It is the capital of the mod-southwest region of Marrakesh-Safi. Marrakech is often regarded as the “Red City” due to its various building which were constructed using the red sandstone in the ancient era. Craft is the major source of employment for the people of Marrakech, with it is being the home to largest traditional market of the country. Like many other cities of middle-east Marrakech is also a Islamic & male-dominated city which strictly follows its religion. The city is mainly divided into two major area - one being the Old city where you have the traditional market called souks & other being the Modern city which is the commercial capital. Today it is one of the busiest city of Africa, which serves a major economic center & tourist hub.

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Attractions Around Marrakech

Jemaa el-Fnaa

Located in Marrakech’s medina square which is the part of the old city, Jemma el-Fnaa is the largest square in the city. Also known as Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa, it is one of the finest market place of the city. Jemaa means “congregation” in Arabic & Fnaa means “death” or “a space in the front of the building.” Therefore its translation would be perceived as the “the gathering/congregation area”. During day-times the square is dominated by the juice stalls & leather bags, but at night it has a different charm with lost of activities & food-stalls.

Majorelle Garden

Designed by the renown French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1920s & 1930s, Majorelle Garden is one of most traveled place around the country. It took around 40 years for the French artist to design this masterpiece. It has a unique combination of botanical garden & landscape garden. Spread in a 12 acres of land, it also contains the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech which gives you the information about rich culture & history of the city.

El Badi Palace

Built in 1593 by the Arab Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur, El Badi Palace is one of the most visited tourist attarction around Marrakech. Although the palace has been ruined to larger scale & only limited to its red walls, there are enough pieces to suggest that the palace signifies its name meaning - “The Incomparable”. Today, it is used for the Marrakech Folklore Festival which takes place every year.

Bahia Palace

Built between 1866 & 1867 by Si Moussa, Bahia Palace one of the most preserved historical sites in the city of Marrakech. Bahia means brilliance in Arabic & as the name suggest the palace was one of the greatest of its time. Spread over 2 acres of land in the middle of medina, Bahia Palace has over 150 rooms opening onto the courtyards. The palace has beautifully captured the essence of Islamic & Moroccan style.

Menara Gardens

Established in the 12th century by the ruler Abd al-Mu’min, Menara Gardens is a botanical garden located in the west Marrakech near the Atlas Mountains. The name menara is derived from its pavilion which has small green pyramid-shaped roof. The garden has an artificial lake which is surrounded by the olive tress & orchards. The intention of the lake was to irrigate the trees using the qanat, which is the underground channel used to supply the water.

Koutoubia Mosque

Built in the 12th century & located on the southwest medina quarter of Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque of the city. It is famous for its 70m minaret, which is the oldest of the three great Almohad minaret in the world. The mosque derives its name from the Arabic tranlation of book, because previously there was a book market. The mosque has some magnificient architecture with curved windows, pointed merlons & decorative arches.

Saadian Tombs

Built in the end of the 16th century during the time of Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur, Saadian Tombs represents the rich culture of the famous Saadi Dynasty that ruled Morocco for more than a century. The tombs remain hindered during many centuries till it was rediscovered in 1917 by Beaux-art service. The tombs are decorated with colorful tiles, Arabic script & lovely carvings which makes them a spectacle for the tourist.

Marrakech Museum

Located in the old city of Marrakech, Marrakech Museum was originally a palace constructed by Mehndi Menebhi in the 19th century. in 1997, the palace was converted into a fine museum which represents the rich history & culture of Morocco. It is a classic example of Andalusian Architecture with fountains in the center of courtyard, engaging tile-work & lovely carvings. The museum exhibits traditional as well as the modern Moroccan art.

Agdal Gardens

Established in the 12th century by the ruler Abd al-Mu’min, Agdal Gardens are a botanical gardens located to the south of the royal palace & medina in Marrakech. Spread over 400 hectares of land, the gardens has the trees of orange, lemon, apricot & pomegranate. The name Agdal comes from a Berber language which means “meadows on the banks of wadi enclosed by a stone wall.” It was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

Almoravid Koubba

Built in the 12th century by Almoravid Dynasty, Almoravind Koubba is a small monument located near to Museum of Marrakech. It is the oldest bulding in the city & the only Almoravind building remaining in Morocco. The little building is significant not beacuse of its age, but beacuse it is the root of all the Moroccon architecture. Its rich interior with floral patterns makes it the most attractive tourist place in the city.

Things to Do in Marrakech

Visit the Koutoubia Mosque - largest mosque of the city which is famous for its 70 meter minaret is a place that you must visit in Marrakech. Regarded as one of the icons of the city, the mosque is built in Almohad style which is a rarity now a days. Non-Muslim are not allowed in the mosque but you can catch some great views by walking around the exterior area.

Visit the Handicrafts Stores - If you are a lover of traditional & antique things of a Moroccan culture, then this place will excite you the most. The place offers you multiple handicraft stores which has all the traditional thing right from the cloth to the jewelry. The shops remain open from 8.30 in the morning to 7.30 in the evening.

Join the party with the locals - If you are planning to visit Marrakech city in the near future, then mark the key dates for that & plan your travel accordingly so that you have some great fun which most people miss out on. Jan is for marathon, alternate Feb & March for Biennale, July for traditional festival & Dec for International Film Festival.

Visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa - Regarded as the pulse of the city, Jemaa el-Fnaa is a combination of open-air theater and museum. The square is the most famous place in the city for various entertainment activities especially at night. So if you want to the enjoy the charming night life of the city, this is a must-see place for you.

Stay in Traditional Raid - If you are planning to visit the city of Marrakech in the future, at-least spare one night for staying in the Riad, which is the traditional style guest house located in the old city. With the famous Medina street around the corner & a roof at the top offering magnificent views, this is a must see place.

Visit the Saadian Tombs - If you want to know the rich history & culture of Morocco, this is the place that you must visit when in Marrakech. It represents the culture of the Saadi Dynasty who ruled the city for more than a century. The tombs are decorated with magnificent architecture which attracts a lot of traveler across the globe.

Visit the Tanneries - If you want to see the craftsmanship of the Moroccan people in front of your eyes, Tanneries are the place that offers you the perfect recipe of all delightful treasures of the Moroccan culture. Located in the south of the famous Medina square, you will find everything from bags to dresses being made here.

Visit the Old Medina Souks - Any visit to the city of Marrakech is incomplete without visiting its traditional market which called souk in the Moroccan language, located in the old city. Whether you’re looking for a literature, handicraft or food there is a street for each category. Spare at-least 4-5 hours for this place because visitors often get lost in its beauty.

Visit the Majorelle Garden - Regarded as one of the masterpiece of the French architect Jacques Majorelle, Majorelle Garden is one of the most visited places in the city. If you want to see a rare combination of botanical & landscape garden, then this is the place to be. The garden represents the rich history & culture of the city.

Visit the Bahia Palace - Recognized as one of the most preserved historical site of the country, Bahia Palace will capture your imagination with its architectural combination of Islamic & Moroccan style. If you are lover of kings & its kingdom, then this place will engage you the most with its rich tradition on display.

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