Marrakesh, the most popular Morocco’s city, has a long list of incredible places to visit. If unfortunately you do not stay enough time to enjoy all its wonders, make sure to include this list in your travel itinerary.
The square Djemaa el-Fnaa or Jemaa el-Fnaa is the core of the activity in Marrakesh. The best time to visit it, is during the evening and after sunset, when the food-carts open and the street artist perform. This square is the best restaurant and street-theater of the city.
Marrakesh nickname, Medina Al-Ham’rá, means “the red city” regarding the prevailing color of its buildings. Medina is just the Arab name for a city and in this case it refers to the old city of Marrakesh. This labyrinthine complex of small streets, houses and mosques was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.
This construction complete honors its name –Bahía means beautiful in Arab. It was built in the 19th century as the royal residence until the French booted out te royal family in 1911.
This 100.000 palm-tree garden is the closest you will be to an oasis without getting into the dessert. Unexpectedly, it still being water with a 12th century adobe pipe system.
Ali ben Youssef Madrasa
Located inside the Ali ben Youssef Mosque, this 14th century learning center was once the largest in North Africa. The patio is the most impressible part of the complex. Created and decorated with noble elements –wood, marble, stucco and tile- this madrasa is an extraordinary example of the Arab architecture.
Mellah is the local name of the Jewish neighborhood. Before WWII there was a huge Jewish community in Marrakesh –almost 50.000 people-, but unfortunately they have to leave after France decided to apply the anti-Semitic law imposed by the Nazi. The houses with balconies and windows in this area contrast with the rest in the Medina. There is a Synagogue, a cemetery and a market to visit in the part of the city.
Souqs is the name of the markets in Marrakesh. They are the perfect place to buy local spices, fruit, carpets or souvenirs.
Built in the 12th century, this mosque is the most famous building in Marrakesh. It 250-feet square-plan tower inspire the celebrated Giralda Tower in Seville. Make sure you go up all way to the platform in top of the tower to enjoy the city skyline.
Hidden behind this mystic name are a breathtaking gardens, built with wonderful elements of the Arab culture. They are located outside the Medina complex, but them worth the visit.
The tomb of Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour ed-Dahbi still hidden in almost a secret place, since Alawite Sultan Moulay Ismail close up it to keep his predecessor out of sight. Now a days, it is a common place to visit.