Marrakech: A City of Culture

Marrakech is one of Morocco’s most popular destinations for holiday makers, travellers and visitors of all kinds.  It is the fourth largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Fes and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains just a few hours away from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco. Marrakech is teeming with life and culture, here’s a guide as to what to do if you’re heading to Marrakech.

Djemaa El-Fna
A square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). It is certainly a place to find plenty of culture; during the day the square is packed with orange-juice vendors, youths with trained Barbary apes and trained snake charmers who pose with tourists for photographs.

As the sun sets they make way for musicians, dancers, and story tellers who fill the air with wonderful sounds. If you’re travelling with your family to Marrakech, then the Djemma El-Fna is a great place to spend the day. Not only will your children be kept entertained by everything that is going on, but there are plenty of photo opportunities too with all the street performers!

The Souks
Marrakech has the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souks. Here it is possible to buy anything from spices to shoes, jellabas to kaftans, tea pots to tagines and a lot more. Be wary of paying too high a price for goods as locals obviously target foreigners, those adept at the art of haggling will benefit here.

The Souks are definitely part of the cultural fabric of Marrakech, and holidaymakers usually can’t wait to experience them for the first time. Not only do the market sellers control the going rates for their products, but they rarely have a surplus of good either, making the markets very sustainable.

Bab Agnaou
Bab Agnaou is one of the nineteen gates of Marrakech, Morocco. It was built in the 12th century in the time of the Almohad dynasty. This 12th-century ‘gate of the Gnaoua’ (named for the sub-Saharan slaves who served the sultan) was one of the first stone monuments in Marrakesh and a triumph of Marrakshi artisanship.

Marrakech is a wonderful North African city steeped in culture, so if you’re looking for flights to Marrakech then be sure to browse the internet fully in order to find the best deals. Marrakech has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris and Madrid and many charter flights arriving from all over Europe.

Jardin Majorelle & Museum of Islamic Art
This exotic sub-tropical garden provides a rest bite away from the hectic pace outside on the streets. The garden was designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, who lived here from 1922 to 1962. If you’re travelling to Marrakesh with your family, then the Jardin Majorelle & Museum of Islamic Art is a great place to spend half a day. There are lots of restaurants around the area too just in case you get hungry!

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