How do I describe Marrakesh in one word?
Walking through the streets of Marrakesh you will feel slipping away into the tunes of Arabian nights. Marrakesh is one of the largest cities in Morocco. The four undisputed crowd puller of the city are the art and artisan heritage, the culture of the city, shopping in the streets and last but never least, the Medina!
So, let’s walk through the street shops filled with people, trying to get your attention and learn more about Marrakesh.
Djemaa El Fna
Djemaa El Fna is the entry to Medina, thus the significance of the place can just be assumed. This is a square with an appallingly large number of street stalls, artists and musicians filling the streets. There are snake charmers to amuse and annoy you at the same time. What fascinates the travelers and people wandering across the streets is people who are enthusiastic storytellers and fortune-tellers profounding people’s future! It all looks really out of an Arabian story!
One of the most intriguingly beautiful gardens that anyone can ever encounter. It is enchanting, mysterious and tourists puller. This garden is enclosed in an area of 9000m² and nearly took 40 long years to build, maintain and decorate the entire premises. The crisscross paths and the bold and beautiful colors make it out of the world. The garden is maintained very well and with perfection. It is worth a visit.
If you are looking for an architectural miracle you should visit Bahia palace for sure. Built-in 19th century the palace still stands high in regards and beauty. Bahia itself means brilliance, and no wonder the palace stands true to its name. Si Musa of Alaouite sultan Muhammad ibn Abd al-Rahman built it in the year1859 keeping closely the Islamic style of architecture with the essence of Morocco influence.
Medina is one place you would never want to miss. If you are a wanderlust and shopaholic then, Medina is just what you are looking for. It is an old part of Marrakesh which is a historic square and market surrounded by high giant walls. With streets filled with stalls, madrassas water fountain that gives you an experience of medical life. The famous and the center of attraction is Jema el Fna square and the beautiful souks. The snake chambers on the streets of Jema el Fna are not just street attractions, they are a part of ancient art practice. So don’t just walk away…
Kutubiyya or Koutoubia Mosque is the largest and the finest one in the city of Marrakesh, Morocco. This Mosque is an architectural marvel, implicating the medieval Islamic tradition. However, Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to enter inside the Mosque, you need to enjoy the exterior and can also errand through the gardens on the premises. The place has a beautiful area surrounded by visitors to sit in a shady place and relax. The minaret of the mosque stands tall and high touching the sky. Without any second thought, Koutoubia Mosque is the gem of Medina.
Well, this is not a rose garden. But it is one of it’s kind! Don’t believe me? Then see it yourself…
Cactus Thiemann is a garden of beautiful cactus and succulents. It is one of the largest in entire Africa. The farm is speared across the land of 17 acres with more than 159 varieties of cactus growing. It will be a wonderful experience for you to see such a variety of cacti like you have never before and trust me you will never!
Because it’s just in Marrakesh!
Saadian Tombs are one of the most visited places in Marrakesh. There is a fascinating thing about the place. Once the Tombs were not known to the outside world, totally hidden from the locals. Then in the year 1917, the tomb was discovered out of nowhere. Since then it was opened to visitors as well as tourists across the world. It was noted that the Tombs were marked back from the 16th century and was occupied with almost 60 Members resting place! Don’t miss this mysterious place of Marrakesh on your trip.
David Bloch Gallery
This gallery is quite a sight to see. A feast to the art lover and a heaven for the artist. This place exhibits Moroccan art both traditional and contemporary. Also, there is every form of art such as canvas paintings, sculptures, graffiti and others. You need to book the tour before you visit. A modern-day art at the heart of medieval town is a fascinating thing to see!
Don’t miss it!
Max and Jan
When you are in Marrakesh, you shouldn’t miss Max and Jan, the exclusive fashion house with a very beautiful Moroccan design. The shop has some intriguingly beautiful carpets and rugs that allow million of imagination to run across your mind. The products at this shop are high quality and are made with local products. The essence of the place is instilled in the designs. You can shop for something worth and beautiful to take back home as a souvenir.
Le Jardin Secret
After shopping what comes to our mind next, yes, FOOD! And there is no other place like Le Jardin Secret. You can relish the best of Moroccan cuisine. Seafood is the best on the list. This open garden dining area is a perfect corner to sit, eat and have a soothing time with loved ones. If you are a foodie, this is heaven. And if you don’t taste the food here, then you missed the best food of your life.
When the day ends you need to come to some exotic place like Hotel de Musèe in Rabat, Marrakesh. This place is all you need after a long day’s tour across the city. Lounge, open dining area and a comfortable room with wifi facilities. What more a traveler’s enthusiast love. So, add Marrakesh to your travel bucket list and ensure you visit the place. Till then Bon Voyage!!