Marrakech is an important economic and cultural center, full of mosques, palaces and gardens. Once an imperial city in Western Morocco, it attracts for the very crowded labyrinthine streets and the succession of souks (markets) that sell fabrics, jewels and typical ceramics of the place. Getting lost in the Moroccan city is one of the most enchanting and suggestive travel experiences that everyone should do at least once in their life but it is better to warn the “navigators” that Google Maps and GPS will not help.
An evocative setting
The former capital of Morocco offers an essential sensory experience. The splendor of the sultans, the warm color of the stone, the narrow and intricate streets of the medina, the bright colors of the fabrics on sale at the market and the muezzin that with its song recalls the faithful to prayer are the first attractive elements that the splendid city of Marrakech offers its tourists.
The ideal time for your holidays in Morocco
The best times to visit the city of Marrakech are the spring months, from March to June, but also the autumn months, October and November, this is because the climate is better and the stay more pleasant. However, in spring and autumn the tourist turnout is very high and hotel prices also increase. Particularly popular are the periods of Christmas and New Year but every month of the year is the right time to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Moroccan lands.
Things to see around Marrakech
The attractions not to be missed in the Moroccan city are many. We have identified five of the most evocative.
- Jamaa el Fna square. It is the central square of Marrakech and it is also the most important place in Medina, where social life develops. Pulsating with life at all hours, it is animated by merchants, musicians, street artists, jugglers, snake charmers and tourists who flock to the square. A lively place by day and magical by night.
- The Suq. A labyrinth of streets full of stalls where Moroccans make their purchases and tourists buy goods at a good price
- Koutoubia Mosque. It is the most important mosque in Marrakech. Completed in 1158 it is one of the largest in the Islamic world and cannot be visited by non-Muslims but it would be a shame to leave Marrakech without having taken the time to admire the architectural marvel that the outside of the building offers.
- El Bahia Palace. Built in the 19th century, it is one of the most important architectural works in the city. The term Bahia means “beautiful” and is a suitable name for the magnificence of the sumptuous building composed of 150 decorated rooms. The visitor cannot fail to be enchanted by the inlaid or frescoed ceilings. The palace is embellished with Carrara marble, yellow and blue mosaics, precious silks, colored glass and other riches worthy of an emperor.
- Ben Youssef Madrasa. Its 130 rooms could accommodate up to 900 students. This is the most important and largest Mandrasa
- Tombs of the Saadis. It is a funerary complex characterized by luxury and opulence. Built by the will of Prince Ahmed al-Mansour, who lived between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Fallen into oblivion, they were rediscovered in 1917. They are accessed via a narrow passage from the Kasbah Mosque.
- Majorelle Gardens. A green oasis in the heart of Marrakech. It is the most famous and suggestive of the city parks. Far from the chaos of the Medina it was owned by the landscape architect Jacques Majorelle and, later, bought and restored by the French designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1964.
What to eat in Marrakech
Moroccan cuisine is characterized by the colors and scents that spicy foods offer. Among the dishes to taste while visiting Marrakesh there are certainly the lamb Tajines; Cous Cous prepared with wheat semolina and accompanied by vegetables, fish or meat; Pastilla, a single dish stuffed with onions and seasoned with cinnamon and then many other foods that will conquer the palate of every guest.