The name Marrakech means Land of God.
Famous throughout the world for its souks, square and pinky-red buildings, Marrakesh nestles at the base of the spectacular High Atlas Mountain range. This mystical city pulsates with life and manages to be bohemian, cultured, traditional, magical and romantic.
In the main square Jma el Fnaa, exotic wares, snake charmers and musicians line the streets as you’re tantalised by the most vibrant array of colours and scents to be found anywhere. Escape the grey skies of home for this rose-tinted city where the beauty is in the detail. Choose from a number of beautiful gardens to escape the hustle and bustle for a while and stay in a riad where you can escape the hustle and enjoy the sights from a roof-top garden oasis.
The medina takes you right back to the middle ages and is made up of many areas. The central area around the Ben Youssef Mosque has an impressive collection of museums, madrassas and historic attractions showcasing art and cultural artefacts, photos and rare video footage, kaftans and even perfumes of Morocco. The oldest building in Marrakech, the Almoravid Kouba features some of the most remarkable architectural decoration in the whole of the Islamic world.
There is also the Moukef which is a gathering place of workers for hire. The Polishers Street is where vendors bring items to be polished, the Souika is full of fruit and veg, Souk Leghzel sells baskets, spices and herbs.
A year-round destination and great starting point for a number of day trips or longer excursions, Marrakech has so much to offer. Its traditional, modern mix is captivating and entertaining. Our advice would be to spend a couple of days here at the beginning or end of your holiday and experience the “Real Morocco” on a tour or desert tour with us.
Intoxicating and chaotic – a people watchers paradise.