The Moroccan city of Marrakesh encapsulates all of the North African charm. Within this bustling city, you will discover the perfect blend of the new and the old, making you dizzy. The smooth shop touts and snake charmers all try to capture your attention in the midst of noise and bustle of the city, summing up the vibrant spirit of Morocco.
One of the star attractions in Marrakesh is its labyrinth Medina district. Do not miss the narrow alleys that offer myriad of sights, sounds, scents, and colors. You can also participate in shopping while wandering amidst the maze. Enthusiastic shoppers should visit the Cherratine Souk, El-Attarine Souk, Chouari Souk, and Babouche Souk.
Located close to the Medina, the Jemaa el-Fnaa is a vibrant square featuring snake charmers, fortune-tellers, storytellers, musicians, and stalls selling knick-knacks. If the humming noise and the commotion become too much for you, escape to the rooftop restaurants and cafes to view the craziness from there.
This is a burial ground for the members of Saadian dynasty, which controlled the city during 1524-1668. This beautiful place includes tombs of king Al-Mansour, his heirs, and their family members. The main mausoleum, the burial place of Moulay Yazid, has a surviving mihrab.
With its distinctive 70m tall minaret, this mosque is the most renowned landmark in Marrakesh. Constructed in 1162, the mosque exhibits the stunning Almohad architecture style. You need to be aware of the regulations, as non-Muslims are not permitted to access the prayer hall.
The museum has a great collection of Qur’anic inscriptions, contemporary art, local textiles, ceramic works, and coins. The building itself exhibits excellent artistry with a blend of North African architectural style with Portuguese elements.
The decoration of this beautiful palace was started in the 1860s by Vizier Si Moussa and completed by Abu Bou Ahmed during 1894-1900. The interiors of the palace boast of a dazzling decoration of painted ceilings, zellige tiles, and wrought iron features depicting the affluent lives of people favored by the sultan.
Visit this lush tropical garden created by the famous French painter Jacques Majorelle, containing different varieties of plants including ferns, palms, and cacti. The site also boasts of a small pavilion, showcasing a large assortment of Islamic art.