By the name Marrakech, we think of the blissful encounter between the high Atlas mountains and the desert. This year also it is ready again to put itself firmly on the map as one of the most important destinations chosen by TripAdvisor travellers as last year 2015. It is located in the stretch of Tansift Alhouz area with natural wealth. This city is growing rapidly and nomadic culture disappears.
A few minutes walk from the train station lies the world renowned Jemaa el Fnaa, one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech. Upon arrival at the square the vendors welcome you with fresh orange juice. Walking around here in the narrow alleys of the medina is certainly recommended, especially while the sun sets. One can also enjoy all kind of Tajines for a few dirhams. Whatever you do during your trip do not miss the Kotoubia Mosque, it’s not open to the public but from the outside you can admire fantastic architecture.
A must see during your visit are the Majorelle gardens, the Kotoubia mosque with its old minaret and the musem of Marrakech, better known in French as the Musée de Marrakech.
Menara is a beautiful garden with 40 varieties of olive trees at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The history of the establishment of Menara Gardens goes back to the 12th century. This location had as purpose to train soldiers to swim. The Menara Gardens lies about 45 minutes from the famous Jemaa el Fna Square. It is an ideal place for hiking. Most local people go to these parks for a picnic during weekend.
The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited gardens in Marrakech. The garden was designed by a French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. The garden hosts a large number of birds, about 15 species of which are endemic to Africa. It has many fountains and very colorful walls. Inside the garden there is also an art gallery and museum. The entry is not free, you may have to pay a ticket for about 20 dh.
Jemaa el Fna lies in the heart of Marrakech and is one of the mysterious attractions. The square is multicultural and ethnic and has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Here in this place you find typical Moroccan water sellers with special clothing, story tellers, theater artists and many more. Most of these activities start in the afternoon. At sunset you have a fantastic view over these amazing orange colored buildings.