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Travel Guide Marrakech

  • Morocco
  • Marrakech
  • 350km²
  • 45004
  • Dirham
  • AR/BER
  • 1.170.000
  • Get a city guide to not miss anything! Marrakech medina is Very interesting, thousands of narrow streets with colorful shops and people are so friendly and very helpful.


Marrakech Travel Guide

Marrakech is the second largest city of Morocco and one of the four royal cities, together with Fez, Meknes and Rabat. It is called the red city as most of the houses are red. It lies at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The historical center was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1985. The city is completely surrounded by red walls over a distance of 19 kilometers. The modern city Guéliz is built next to Marrakech by the French in order to conserve the old buildings of the medina.


Sports Played in Marrakech

Sport played in Marrakech. Marrakech is also the point of departure for excursions to the High Atlas.

Interesting and Must-Visited Sites in Marrakech

Morocco has a number of great cities to visit. They are mostly filled with historical sites and are rich in cultural heritage. Every city in Morocco has it own charms and choosing one of them to visit might be quite a challenge. If you like to have a beautiful Moroccan adventure filled with mystery, then the best place to visit in Morocco is none other than the city of Marrakech.

Marrakech has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco, it should not be very hard for you to find great hotels and convenient accommodations. Despite the fact that you shall be provided with convenient facilities and delightful amenities in your hotel, you should never let them keep you away from exploring the greatness of Marrakesh. In addition to their top class hotels, Marrakech has an array of exotic sites to visit and pull you out from our comfortable beds. This city is a more appropriate destination for the travelers with adventurous nature.

There are so many exciting tourist hotspots in Marrakech that a single day trip will not be sufficient to discover them all. You certainly need more than a week in this exotic city to witness all the fascinating sites and make your holiday more memorable. Make sure that you have plenty of time or days in your schedule to explore the beach resorts, deserts, mountain ranges and the countryside area around this city. Thanks to the great development in its infrastructure by the authority has made it very easy for many travelers to reach the most marvelous sites in the city of Marrakesh. This Moroccan city is well surrounded by a large number of exciting sites for tourists, you shall find no trouble in reaching those locations.

Visiting the Ourika Valley

There are numerous tourist hotspots that you can reach from Marrakech, you have all the freedom to choose which of them to start you Moroccan tour. If you like to treat your eyes with the natural attractions, you can start your trip by visiting the Ourika Valley. This would be a perfect spot for those who love to have great adventure in Morocco. Not only that you can enjoy the natural valley, you might stand a chance to enjoy the astonishing waterfalls. The excitement of Ourika Valley is already started even when you are still on the road. Along your journey to the valley, you shall be indulged with great views of the Berber villages. These beautiful and traditional villages were built in the 16th and 17th century and they are made of clay. There are plenty of traditional Moroccan houses along the road and they will take you to experiencing the traditional life practiced since the ancient time. If you like to have a more adventurous and challenging trip, you can reach this valley through a rafting expedition.

The Ouzoud Cascades

If you are still thirsty for more natural adventures, you are most welcome to visit the Ouzoud Cascades. With more than 330 feet high, the Ouzoud waterfalls have to be the main attractions of this tourist site and the fact that they are nicely covered by luxuriant and exuberant vegetation has made them a more exciting place to visit. In fact, the Ouzoud Cascades have turned out to be the most stunning sights in the southern area of this country. Along the road that will take to the location of the natural valley, you can treat your eyes by enjoying the beautiful views of the Kasbahs and the olive groves of Damnate. In addition to your natural adventures in Marrakech, make sure that you fill your vacation with tasting the authentic cuisine and interact with the friendly local people for a more memorable holiday.

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Marrakech Culture and History

Culture of Marrakech

Culture in Marrakech means merging into the medina with its narrow streets and covered markets, listening to traditional music or visiting a museum with Moroccan art.

The heart of Marrakech is Djemaa-El-Fnaa. On this huge square there is always something to do. During day time snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and musicians entertain the audience. At night time the square transfers into a large restaurant with dozens of food stalls.

The Bahia Palace was built at the end of the 19th century and is most famous for its richly decorated interior.

In a Kasbah are the Tombs of the Saädieden. Here are four sultans and 62 relatives from the powerful dynasty of the Saädieden buried. Under the reign of Moulay Ismail was decided to eliminate the remnants of the Saädieden. Only in 1917, the tombs were rediscovered and restored beautifully.

Medersa Ben Youssef is a Koranic school which was founded in the 14th century. It is a beautiful building in which the rich Andalusian decorations are in stark contrast to the simple rooms of the former students.

The Koutoubia mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in North Africa. The mosque was built in the 12th century. The minaret is 70 meters high and can be seen from far. Non-Muslims can not enter there, but the building is from the outside more than worthwhile.

Outside the center of Marrakech are the Menara gardens, which have a long history. Abd al-Mu'min, a leader of the Almohads, had laid out the gardens in the first half of the 12th century. Menara is actually the name of the small pavilion that was built in the 16th century.

The botanical gardens Majorelle in Guéliz was designed by the French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 20s of the last century. The garden with its bamboo, cacti, lemon trees, water lilies and palm trees is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of the city. In the garden is a villa in a striking blue color. This kind of blue is called Majorelle blue. From 1980, the garden belonges to Yves Saint Laurent.

History of Marrakech

In 1070 the Almoravids founded a tent camp, which later led by Youssef Ben Tachfine, became a real city with mosques, palaces and Kasbahs. However, the Almohad tribe, a strict Muslim Berber dynasty, forged plans to expel the 'godless' of Marrakesh and to take over the town. In 1146 they carried out their crusade, chased or killed all the Almoravids and destroyed the religious buildings which, to their opinion, were not oriented towards Mecca.

The city became an important trading center for the caravan routes through the Sahara. For more than a century the Almohads ruled over Marrakech and constructed impressive buildings. In 1269 the Meridian Nomads took over the city, and under their leadership the city decayed. Only after three centuries the Saädieden conquered Marrakech and for a period of 30 years they became the rulers over Morocco. The richness of the sultans made major repairs of the city possible.

marrakech by night

Activities & Nightlife in Marrakech

Western-style bars are located in Guéliz. The best night clubs and discotheques are a bit out of town in Hivernage. In a palm grove near Marrakech the magical show Fantasia is held. It is a war ceremony between rival groups of riders from the Rif Mountains. Each group represents the best riders of their tribe. All riders point their guns in the air and shoot at the same time, a tumult of banging and shouting. Seated on cushions encircling the show arena, a traditional Moroccan meal is served and serenaded by a chorus of girls and boys in traditional dress, accompanied by typical Arabian music.Marrakech is also the point of departure for excursions to the High Atlas.

Popular Cafes in Marrakech

Kosy Bar
47, Place des Ferblantiers - Marrakech Tel. : 0524-38 03 24
Churchill Bar
Avenue Bab Jdid - Marrakech Tel. : 0524-38 86 00
Café des Epices
75, Rabha Kedima - Marrakech Tel. : 0524-39 17 70
Sky Bar
Hotel de la Renaissance Guéliz,- Marrakech Tel. : 0524-33 77 77