Things to do in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is easy to love, but hard to describe. It is a curious mix of old world and new, all at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the highest mountain barrier in North Africa. A trip to Marrakech will leave you dizzy, and breathless, and longing to return. While under its spell, be sure to see:

MAJORELLE GARDENS

You will at some point in time need a break from the noise, crowds and continual sensual assault that is the city of Marrakech. Marjorelle Gardens is the ideal retreat as they are filled with rare plants, colors like you’ve never seen, and best of all, are amazingly peaceful. They were originally designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, and in 1980 Pierre Berge and Yves St. Laurent purchased the gardens and painstakingly restored them. They are open each day, and though you can catch breakfast if you arrive early enough, they do close for lunch each day.

THE MEDINA

The Medina is the old part of Marrakech and is an experience all on its own.  It is walled, and stepping through is like taking a journey back in time, where life continues as if time has stood still. Streets full of donkeys, mopeds, shoppers, tourists and children going to or returning from school, are alive with noise, smells and voices. The Djemma el Fna is at the heart, and is the main square. Here each evening, hundreds upon hundreds of stalls are set up to bring you inexpensive and delicious fresh food. There are snake charmers, story tellers and fortune tellers to amuse you all through the night, and in to the early morning hours. For best rates, it is recommend you book your Medina tours with a reputable local operator.

EL BAHIA PALACE

This palace was originally built as a harem’s residence and is now open to the public. It is a perfect example of Moroccan architecture with its arches, beautiful light and amazing engravings.

SAADIAN TOMBS

These tombs were originally sealed, until they were rediscovered in 1917 during a French aerial survey, when a passageway was then built from the side of the Kasbah mosque. There are two main mausoleums to view, with 66 tombs within, and another 100 outside in the gardens. The tombs are heavily decorated with colorful tiles, elaborate carvings and Arabic script.

A visit to Marrakech, Morocco is a visit to one of North Africa’s brightest spots. A city that thrives on action and entertainment, Marrakech will not disappoint you and if you’re looking to get a little more adventurous, you can always consider taking a Sahara desert tour, have heard nothing but great things about such an adventure which is definitely a change from the everyday.

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