Possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities, Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is a major economic centre and home to many mosques, palaces, tombs and gardens. The Red city is a vital component to the culture and economy of Morocco.
The bold and vibrant city has a lot to offer those seeking a bit of luxury and the adventurous traveller. If you are headed to Marrakech for the first time and want to know about those main and must see attractions you really shouldn’t miss, this is a must read.
See the Famous Landmarks
Each city has their own ‘Eiffle Tower’ that you absolutely must get some snaps of before leaving. Here are some of the tippedy top spots you need to pay a visit.
This famous landmark in the center of Marrakech is one you are sure to see. It is a place of prayer and the largest Mosque in the city. This beautiful work of architecture is surrounded by a lovely park, which offers a great view for your photos. Be sure to read up a little on its history before heading there. Note that, as it is a sacred place, only Muslims are permitted inside.
The tombs were once long forgotten about after the Warrior King Moulay Ismail sealed them up instead of destroying them due to superstitions (is it is told). Then in 1917, a French aerial survey discovered them again. Now, you are welcome to take a walk into two huge mausoleums decorated so intricately, which took a lifetime to be built. Before you head to the Saadian Tombs be sure to read about the people buried there and interesting facts about them.
Medersa ben Youssed
If you are interested in age-old architecture, witness the beautiful Medersa en Youssef. This ancient Islamic school and mosque were designed to provoke thought and will have you marveling at the white marble and mosaics the second you step inside.
Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts
This incredible building is a monument to the master artisans of Morocco, and houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The walls themselves will give you pause for thought when you walk in, and the architecture is a step beyond amazing. See the oldest object in the whole city, a Spanish chest from 1000 AD and discover the Moroccan way of living as you view pieces that are still in use today in the mountains.
Gardens and Parks
Although you may associate Marrakech with orange dunes and desert, there are many beautiful gardens you can take a walk through. Pay a visit to Bahia Palace to see their wonderful mix of architecture and greenery or pop into the Mernara Gardens. If you only have time to check out one garden, then the most popular is the Jardin Majorelle. Perhaps one of the most visited attractions in the whole city, these gardens are the product of 40 years of passion and are absolutely worth your time.
The Inevitable Souq Shopping Experience
There are number of shopping experiences you can have in Marrakech but before you leave you absolutely need to head to one of their famous souks and shop like a local. The souks are chaotic and promise to send you on a whirlwind adventure of sights, smells and tastes (especially once you are persuaded to buy some delicious Moroccan pastries).
The city feels like a never-ending souk but to get right in the middle of it, head to center square in Medina, Djemaa-El-Fnaa. Soak it all up and then venture into the side streets to find cool trinkets and gifts while losing yourself in the culture.
Spas and Hammams for When it is Time to Relax
If you spend all day walking around discovering the city’s secrets you will probably want to wind it up in the evening with a bit of that holiday relaxation magic. Hammams and massage treatments are available everywhere but if you want to turn it into an experience then head to one of the best rates spas. The Mythic Oriental Spa, Heritage Spa and Hammam Rosa Bonheur are three spas that have wowed customers time and time again.