Marrakech is the tourist capital of Morocco. Why? Because it is the most beautiful, attractive and haunting city in the country. The charm of Marrakech catches because it has everything to fascinate the traveler: labyrinthine souks, mosques, palaces, excellent restaurants, hotels and riads for all budgets, and a unique jewel that alone is worth the trip: Jemaa el Fna square.
The tourist infrastructure of MarrakechMarrakech Wall - Rikard Stadler
Marrakech is located in the south of Morocco and you can get there by flying to its international airport, located relatively close to the city. A city where many hotels await us, some as prestigious as the Mamounia, where great personalities have stayed, and others more modest.
However, to stay in the heart of the ancient city, the best are the riads. Old family houses that have been adapted to receive western guests. These are housed in their rooms around a patio and soaking up customs and Marrakech charm.
And if there is no problem to sleep, the same happens to eat. There are endless restaurants in Marrakech, some of them offering international cuisine. Although, since you travel there, the most appropriate is to taste the local cuisine, and for that the essential thing is to eat with your fingers a couscous or a good plate of tajín.
"Can not remember the days, the moments are remembered."
Marrakech, a fairytale city
Once the needs are met, we can only get carried away by the charm of Marrakech. You have to get caught by the sensations in their palaces of other times, get lost in the souks, listen to the song of the muezzin in the minarets of the mosques, or take a break in the gardens and cafes. Anyway, Follow us and we will tell you the safety of Marrakech.
The Koutoubia MosqueKoutubia Mosque - Jose Ignacio Soto
There are numerous mosques in Marrakech, and non-Muslims should not visit them. However, they can be admired from the outside. And among all the highlights of the Koutoubia, which It has the tallest tower in the city, and that marks the call to prayer of the rest. Try to be there at sunset and you will love it.
Menara GardensMenara Gardens - LouieLea
Another ideal place to watch the sun go down, are the gardens of Menara, a little far from the center, but which can be easily reached by walking or in carriages that are taken precisely next to the Koutoubia.
These gardens, with its pond surrounded by olive and fruit trees, they are all delicacy. It seems incredible that the legend says that the sultan fell in love with the maidens and then drowned them in the water.
The Majorelle Garden
Another interesting garden in the modern area is the Majorelle, but it is different from the previous one. This was the home garden of designer Yves Saint Laurent and, in fact, their ashes rest here. By the way, the YSL Museum in Marrakech has recently opened, a must for fashionistas.
Palaces of Bahia and el-BadiBahia Palace - byvalet / Shutterstock.com
Again in the ancient city, you have to visit these two old palaces of Marrakech. The Bahia is magnificent, with its more than 150 rooms decorated with extraordinary luxury. And another is el-Badi, which when it was built in the 16th century was “the incomparable one”, but now it is almost an empty building, but capable of evoking its splendorous times.
Shopping in the souks
The whole medina or ancient city is a maze for Westerners. But that feeling is multiplied to infinity in the souks, so you must go through them if you really want to immerse yourself in the charm of Marrakech.
The narrowness of the streets, the screaming of the merchants, the smells of spices or leather, the abundance of products, the bustle, the bikes, the donkeys loaded with merchandise ...As indescribable as unforgettable!
Jemaa el Fna square: all the charm of Marrakech in one placeJemaa el Fna Square - Ser Borakovskyy / Shutterstock.com
And we finish the quick review of the attractions of Marrakech talking about its most precious jewel: the Jemaa el Fna square, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity. A place where you don't have to look for monuments, just experiences.
There are the henna tattoo artists, the corkscrews, the snake charmers or orange juice sellers. And at nightfall, jugglers, storytellers, food stalls, street musicians arrive. A ritual that is repeated night after night and for centuries.
Be supposed to here came the caravans after touring the desert, and this was the welcome that the city gave them. Well, today that welcome is given to tourists, who are certainly amazed by the charm of Marrakech.