Referred to as the diamond of Morocco, Marrakech is a city that manages to encompass history and culture as well as modernity and change. The City is very easily reached with many low-cost flights from around Europe. In just three to four days you can fully immerse yourself and absorb the culture of the place and enjoy every nuance of it.
Here’s our top five must see spots in Marrakech.
Going to Jemaa el Fna square might seem obvious, but it is really the centre of the city and you must absolutely make your start from here to understand the soul of Marrakech.
The appearance of the Square changes during the day. In the morning and afternoon is home to a large open-air market and the starting point to go to the souks (bazaars). At sunset it seems to comes alive with people and entertainers. It is mandatory to take it in this electric atmosphere as you enjoy a mint tea on one of the terraces of the cafes around the Square.
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It is a welcome refuge to visit the Bahia Palace after the noisy Jemaa el-Fna Square. A true oasis of peace, it is a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan architecture in Marrakech. Set up at the end of the 19th century, it includes 150 richly decorated rooms in the Islamic and Moroccan style.
Organized around several courtyards and gardens, the Palace is divided into buildings built according to a scheme that can seem almost like a puzzle.
If you want to escape from the confusion of Marrakech, don’t miss the Majorelle Gardens. Named after the French painter Jacques Majorelle, it took the artist forty years to create this enchanting garden with its villa of intense blue walls.
The designer Yves Saint Laurent and his friend Pierre Bergé discovered the garden in 1966. They were so enchanted by the structure, that they immediately bought it and worked to preserve it. This is one of the most beautiful locations to take incredible photos. But do try to go in less crowded hours, either towards the closing or early immediately as it opens. Of course this also depends on the season in which you decide to visit.
The hammam is a must when visiting Marrakech. There are lots in the city, many of which are frequented by Moroccans themselves. Each riad has its own internal hamman and are more organized to accommodate tourists.
Riads are the best type of accommodation you can find in Marrakech. The traditional Moroccan houses with their own garden or courtyard offer an authentic experience enriched with a luxury design.
We recommend two in particular:
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