Marrakech is a Moroccan city located in the center of the Kingdom of Morocco, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco, because of the gentle climate, which is a haven from the summer heat, and the nature of the picturesque, and the buildings dominated by the color red, which earned her the nickname “Red City “. Marrakesh is nicknamed “The City of Seven Men,” referring to a group of 7 Sufi scholars who spread political and cultural awareness among Marrakesh residents.

Djemaa El-Fna

DJemaa-el-Fna
DJemaa-el-Fna

This large square is located at the entrance to the city and is the center of the life of Marrakech. Al Fna Square is a place where many kiosks gather, in addition to the presence of musicians, storytellers, fortune tellers and sorcerers. Here you can learn about the old Moroccan life. There are places to sit on one of the surrounding cafes or the dining tables in restaurants.

The Souks

Souks Marrakech
Souks Marrakech

The city is filled with narrow alleys with its colorful forms, which contain the distinctive smells and sounds to be among the most important tourist attractions on your trip. In this area, you can enjoy the purchase of souvenirs, and the most important gifts that are not to be missed: Babush (shoe), perfumes and spices, touring the leather market. To the west of the main market area, at the end of Bab El Dabbagh Street, you will find Marrakech tanneries that shed dyed animal skins in the old way.

Tanneries

Tanneries
Tanneries

Visiting the Tanneries can be an interesting experience. Even if some people tell you the area is only for locals, it is possible to visit the Tanneries without paying a youngster. After finding a Tannery, ask one of the workers if you can visit it and take pictures. The tanneries are at the east end of Avenue Bab El Dabbagh. That ‘main’ tannery is Dar Dbagh, where they seem to channel all the tourists is near the Bab Debbagh gate. You’ll be quickly approached by a guide who’ll give you a sprig of mint and tell you that the tour is no charge. At the end of the tour you may be asked for as much as 1MAD100 for a “tip”. This is far too much (€9). Give no more than MAD10-20 and ignore the evil looks they may give you. If you hate or are bad at haggling, show them before the tour how much you will pay them.

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque
Koutoubia Mosque

It’s near the Jemaa el Fna square. The name of the mosque is derived from “Kutbiene”, the name of a souvenir shop that is believed to have been close to mosques. The first Kuttabia mosque was built by the Caliph Abd al-Mu’min ibn Ali al-Kumi in 1147 AD on the ruins of the Al-Hajar Al-Murabit palace, which revealed archaeological excavations on its buildings and architectural components. The second mosque was built in 1158 and is similar in size to the first building. It is organized in a rectangular prayer hall with seventeen pillars oriented towards the qibla. It is made up of columns, arches and unique crowns reminiscent of those found in the Mosque of the villagers of Fez. The confluence of the qibla gallery with its five domes and central hall is a faithful design of the characteristics of the monotheistic religious architecture that had a profound influence throughout the Islamic West.

Majorelle Gardens

Majorelle Garden
Majorelle Garden

It is a lush tropical garden which includes cactus, palms and ferns, as well as the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle. The gardens originate from the town of Nancy in France, where Majorelle came to Marrakech for health reasons, and the gardens were famous for his paintings reflecting the local Moroccan life. His work was one of the most famous works in this vibrant blue park (now known as the Blue Majorel). After the death of Majorelle in 1962, the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent bought the property and when he died in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the gardens.

Imlil

Imlil is a charming mountain village as the starting point for trips to the national park of Topkala. The village is also a striking and wonderful location for the castle. Imlil also has the distinctive structure of the city’s best hotels, which starred in the film “Kundun”.
Location: 35 miles south of Marrakech.

Manara Gardens

This park is located within the city in the heart of Marrakech. It’s my favorite local spot out of the bustle of life with some quiet enjoyment. Manara gardens were built on the edge of the water in the late 19th century. Many families accept the Al Manara Gardens for a weekend stroll while enjoying the local family life.

Marrakesh Museum

The Marrakesh Museum is a distinctive museum in Marrakech with an attractive collection that combines contemporary art with Qur’anic inscriptions with local ceramics, textiles and coins. Most visitors accept to highlight this museum with all its possessions. The museum features architecture with a harmonious mix of the local model in North Africa with Portuguese elements, which includes the central courtyard area and is very influential with rich and luxurious elements.

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