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What to see in Marrakech?

Around the Koutoubia and the Jamel Fna’s Square

The square

If you come to Marrakech, you will pass repeated through the famous Jemaa el Fna Square. In the heart of the Medina, it’s the gravity center of the ancient city. Proclaim "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity "by UNESCO in 2001, Mrrakesh let the magic be every day.

By day, the square is calm. Only monkeys, snake charmers, traditionnal water carriers (guerrab) like this large extent for some euros.

To discover Jemaa et Fna, we recommend to spend a bit of time on a terrace : a good way to tame the constant movment, day and night.

At 18 hours, a hundred of ephemeral restaurants takes place. They will disapear around midnight, to let storytellers, singers, entertainers provide the show.

The Koutoubia

The Koutoubia is not open to tourists. From its 77 meters high, The minaret dominates the city and inspires respect. Common landmark to Marrakchis and travellers. Located on a mosque, its different architectures on each faces plots. We advise you to admire the sunset projecting pretty shades of color on its sides.

Around the Souks

How to speak about Marrakesh no to mention the Souks.This huge craft center and trade, color, vigo, odor concentrate, is inextricably.No path can be traced without sowing doubt and lose the best guide for a day.

In addition, you do not have to visit the souks in a too methodical way. You have to stroll, to surrender, to be sure to make the purchase of the day (keeping in mind that you will probably fall on the best seller of the souks). Good luck !

Around the Kasbah

El-Badi Palace

In 1578, the Battle of the Three Kings defeated the Portuguese army. For this reason, the Sultan Ahmed el-Mansour Saadian Sadi erect this wonderful palace on behalf of one of the 99 names of gods. This palace was completely destroyed by Moulay Ismail in the late seventeenth century. Today, it remains only the walls, which hosts many storks. They have become a symbol.

This archaeological site is yet imbued with a lot of soul and a walk on the site worth seeing to imagine the grandeur of the past.

Les Tombeaux Saadiens

Dating from the late fifteenth century, the graves contain the bodies of sixty Saadian, including al-Mansour, his successors and his family.

Built by Ahmed walleye, this mausoleum was not discovered until 1917 and then restored by the department of Fine Arts. The hall of the twelve columns of Carrara marble, with a dome 12 feet high, finely sculpted, deserves a visit.

Bab Agnaou’s Door

Bab Agnaou is also known as the gate "of the ram horn", because she is deprived of the two towers framing. It is the oldest and the largest door of the ancient city. It opens the door to the district of the Kasbah, where the rulers of the time liked to exhibit the heads of those condemned to death. Built along the Koutoubia blue-gray sandstone of Jebel gueliz, today it is reddened by the desert sand. Sumptuous, walkers will enjoy a day in its details varied.

Around Ben Youssef Suburb

Ben Youssef’s Medersa

The Koran Mederda was the biggest Islamic school in North Africa. In the heart of the Medina, it is a remarkable building, dominated by a minaret 40 meters, characterized by its green tiles.

It was created in the fourteenth century by the merimid Abou el-Hassan and rebuilt by the saadien Moulay Abdallah in 1565. The highly sophisticated interior reflects the style merimid original.

The visit will allow you to appreciate the great central courtyard with a pond whose ornaments are attractive. On the floor, scattered around seven courtyards, you will discover the 100 student rooms in different shapes and sizes.

Marrakech Museum

If you want to visit one of the past remains, adorned with collections of old objects (costumes, coins, ceramics, ...), this place is for you.

The Museum of Marrakech was founded in 1995 by Omar Ben Jelloun foundation in an ancient palace of the nineteenth century. Besides the antiques, it hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art in its 2000 square meters.

The Koubba Ba'Adiym

The Koubba Ba'Adiym is the oldest monument of Marrakech.

It dates from the 12th century and is the last vestige of the time Almoravide.

Discovered in 1948, this small stand is the only remaining part of the first mosque Ben Youssef.

And also…

Mellah’s Suburb

Mellah’ suburb is the name given to the Jewish quarter of Marrakech by Sultan Abdullah saadien Loulay who decided in 1558 to bring together all the Jews of the city in an area of 18 hectares.

The name spread far beyond Marrakech, as these by that name that the Jewish neighborhoods of other cities are generally called.

Now inhabited by a hybrid population, the neighborhood is located south of the Bahia Palace and juxtaposed to the district of the Kasbah.

Tanners Suburb

You will need a Berber mask to succeed visit.

 

It is indeed a few sprigs of mint kindly offered by tanners that you will overcome the strong odors from the business of tanning.

The various stages emit scents considerable, particular, the first step which, from fying pigeons take off the hair of the beast.

Many "guides" will offer a gracious visit in exchange for an end of the visit in the shop attached to the tanner. If you decide not to buy a bag or an ottoman, make sure the guide will remember your good memories.

The Gueliz

Gueliz is the modern city, in stark contrast to the traditional Medina.

Designed by architect Henri Prost and built under the protection to house officials and European diplomats, Gueliz is a modern city built on broad avenues.

Both residential and business district, it is possible to find anything in Gueliz: Zara, Mac Donalds for example, but more generally antique dealers, banks, restaurants from all backgrounds, markets or shops "good business".

The Wintering

The winterage is, as said its name, a place to chill out during winter : the perfect resort for the guests looking for calm and greenery. The district hosts many hotels without altering the quality of life, in an area borded by wide avenues with planted with orange trees and jacarandas. Some will propably enjoy a stroll away from the bustling city.