About Marrakech

The city is the first touristic destination in Morocco, more than two million tourists each year. It is also the starting point for many excursions for hikers willing to browse the Atlas or the desert to the south. The ageless city of blushing pink stone has waylaid desert caravans since the 11th century. Travellers succumb to the charms of its bluesy Gnaoua music, calls to prayer and elaborate feasts. Its dark, narrow alleyways are full of artisan workshops, shrines and sprawling markets, and riads. These traditional courtyard guesthouses range from palatial oases to smaller, more intimate affairs.

Beyond old Marrakech, a modern, 21st-century city is fast developing, particularly in the pulsating district known as Guéliz, and the wider Ville Nouvelle. Indeed, the city that lured hedonists and idealists in the 20th century now attracts fashionistas and trendy couples in search of luxury spas, chic bars and clubs. A flourishing arts and music scene is also firmly stamping Marrakech on the cultural map.

You can also enjoy by wonders of nature in the high Atlas mountain in the Ourika Valley (40 km), National Parc of Toubkal (70 Km) and Oukaimiden Ski station (75 km).

 

Marrakech has several supermarkets and hypermarkets and three shopping centers/malls.

Inescapable places and monuments:

  • J amâa El Fna Place (11th Century)

  • Medersa Ben Youssef (16th Century)

  • Qoubba Almoravide (12TH Century)

  • Saadien Tombs (16TH Century)

  • Chrob ou chouf Fountain (17th Century)

  • Koutoubia Mosque (12TH century)

  • El Mouassine Mosque (12TH Century) and its fountain (16th century)

  • Synagogue Salat Al Azama

  • Bahia Palace (19TH Century)

  • El Badi Palace (16th Century)

  • Menara Gardens (12th century)

  • Agdal Gardens (12th century)

  • Majorelle Garden  (20 th century)