Marrakech is a former imperial city in Morocco which, whilst not being the most populous city in the country, has become on of the most popular when it comes to tourism. The city is unlike any other in Morocco, to begin with, there is a rule in the city that no building can be built above the height of the mosque so the city is very low and close knit. The streets of Marrakech are mazy and the history that can be found throughout the city is ancient and well preserved.
If you are able to get to Marrakech then I would most definitely recommend it and here is what to do when you are there.
This is the big square in the heart of Marrakech, a combination of an open-air museum and a theater which is where the locals come to ply their trade. Here in this manic square you will see snake charmers, horse-drawn carts, street vendors selling all kinds and live monkeys leaping around the square. This square is a real attack on the senses and a visit here is where you will get a real insight into city life.
This magical garden is the result of a life’s work by French artist and painter, Jacques Majorelle who dedicated 40 years to turning this garden into a work of magic. The garden is just outside the city and offers a welcome break from the madness. Expect to spend quite a few hours touring around the hidden trails and lanes inside this garden which offers moorish influenced sculptures alongside a beautiful array of flora.
Hit the Hammam
The city’s Hammams are the public bath houses where you can go and experience a traditional Moroccan scrub down. When you go you need to remember to take a shower and shampoo and bear in mind that you will be starkers alongside others, men and women are segregated. There will usually be a masseuse who will give you a good scrub down and a few treatments before you relaxin the steam.
A little bit like the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the Saadian Tombs were created to be the final resting place for many rulers. The tombs are intricately decorated with Arabic calligraphy and ornate carvings. A visit to these tombs is a little like visiting an art museum such is the beauty of the mosaics and artwork.
The Old Medina Souks
The souk is the market where all of the action takes place, trading still goes on like it did in the past and you can find pretty much anything you want in these enormous markets. The old medina souks are the largest in the city and in all honesty you can get lost for hours roaming around the hundreds of aisles, all of which are adorned with boisterous vendors.
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