Situated at the southwest base of Atlas Mountains is one of Morocco's imperial cities, Marrakech. This thriving town is renowned for its buzzing environment and pleasant atmosphere. Because of its lovely sandstone structures, it is often referred to by local residents as the 'Red City.' Botanical gardens, mosques, exotic bazaars and the Saadian Tombs are just a few of the terrific attractions for which Marrakech is famous. Colourful, mazelike pathways wind around a vast array of restaurants, landmarks and bazaars, which are fun to explore without a preset itinerary.
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Activities and Attractions
The Majorelle Gardens are an easy half an hour walk from the centre of Marrakech, and boast rare plants and beautiful botanical displays. The Gardens are known for their peaceful atmosphere and tranquil designs. Originally created by French painter, Jacques Majorelle, the Gardens were purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, after which they were fully restored to their original condition. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and spend several hours exploring Majorelle's impressive landscape of trees, flowers, palms, and water features.
The Saadian dynasty ruled regions of Morocco during the 14th and 15th centuries, and the Saadian Tombs were created by the head of the dynasty for himself and his relatives in the late 1500s. Approximately 68 members of the dynasty are believed to be buried in the Tombs, which were rediscovered and restored in the early 1900s. Featuring stunning plasterwork, wood carvings, mosaics, and extravagant gardens and fountains, this attraction is a great choice for any visitor interested in Moroccan history.
For deep insight into the artisan community of Marrakech, travellers should consider visiting the working souks located behind the main thoroughfares of the medina. Here, guests can watch silversmiths, woodworkers, blacksmiths, and fabric processors at their daily trades. In some areas of the Souk, the dyers allow visitors to watch them as they apply dyes and prepare to transform white silk and wool to a broad range of colourful shades. Certain workers do not want to be photographed, whilst others welcome photography and are even willing to pose for pictures. However, it is always wise to ask in advance about each vendor's preference.
Dar Si Said Museum
The Dar Si Said Museum, also referred to as the Museum of Moroccan Arts, is an opulent example of Moroccan artistry, complete with intricate plasterwork and fine zellij mosaics. The highlight of the Museum is the wedding reception chamber, which features a magnificent domed ceiling with hand-painted scenes and a musicians gallery with ornate carvings. The chambers of the Museum are filled with displays acquired from all over the country, ranging from genuine Tuareg and Berber jewellery to traditional costumes, ceramics and ancient weapons. During spring and fall, interactive displays are sometimes set up in the Museum on a temporary basis. These displays include art collections, sculptures and multimedia presentations.
Shopping and Dinning
The beating heart of Marrakech is a large square located in the city's centre called Djemaa el Fna, which transforms into a medieval entertainment center at twilight. An endless line of food vendors are available in this part of the city, offering everything one could desire, from snacks to full course dinners.
Marrakech is also a shopper's paradise. The medina's maze-like souks are lined with a vast array of vendors' stalls selling everything from Aladdin lamps to jewellery and carpets. Many vendors provide cups of mint tea whilst visitors look over their wares, which is the hallmark sign of hospitality in Morocco. However, there are also larger shopping plazas in the city, but prices at these establishments are typically not negotiable.
Marrakech is an inland city, and therefore the weather is warm most of the year. Similar to most areas of Morocco, the summer months are quite warm, with July being the hottest and sunniest month. Spring and autumn tend to be favoured by holidaymakers, as temperatures during these seasons are mild and pleasant.
Moroccan Arabic and French are widely spoken in Marrakech, and other languages are only used by a minuscule percentage of the population.
From tropical gardens to museums and souks, there is something for everyone in outstanding Marrakech