Marrakech means the “Land of God.” It is the third largest city in Morocco and is located at the base of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Indeed a special destination in Morocco and a must visit because of the contrasting landscape and amazing spots. Marrakech itself is a major attraction, and its vibrant colors, mystical sounds, and exotic smells will live in your memory for a long time. There is plenty to do and see here and see beyond the landmarks of Jemaa el Fna or the imposing Koutoubia mosque. Here are the top Marrakesh Highlights, that you really need to check , while on a trip to this beautiful part of Africa in Morocco.
Highlights of Marrakech
Marrakech rewards its tourists and visitors with unforgettable flavors, stunning scenery, and luxurious indulgence. Once you have explored the narrow streets of the city, you can explore the desert, scenery and mountains outside the city. Enjoy those unforgettable flavors and stunning scenery that the city has to offer. Some of these activities can definitely be lifetime memorable.
Visit the Koutoubia Mosque
The 12th-century Moorish mosque is the most recognizable landmark of the city. It has been a model for other religious sites because of those expansive archways, salmon-hued walls, and soaring tower. The Koutoubia’s tower, soaring 300 feet above the Medina is really striking. Topped with three golden orbs, there is an intricate tile work that covers the whole tower. Koutoubia works as a focal point as you navigate through maze-like streets of Medina. Stop by Koutoubia during prayer time for a truly unique and spiritual experience.
Walk through the Jardin Majorelle
Explore the 12-acre botanical garden that was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and was later bought by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is filled with rare flowers and blends art deco and Moorish features. The Majorelle Garden is indeed one of the highlights of Marrakech, and it truly steals the show. Located towards the northwest of the Medina, the beautiful green spaces offer a stark contrast to the desert landscape of the city.
Djemaa el Fna
Djemaa el Fna lies at the center of the Medina, and there is lots of activity in the square as you come across storytellers, monkey-tamers, snake-charmers, herbalists and dozens of other entertainers. An amaze of souks along the narrow alleyways sell various products and are made of several carpet sellers and spice vendors. It can be fun shopping here as you hone your bargaining skills.
As the plaza was earlier the site of public executions, its name means an assembly of the dead’. Watch the restaurants fire up their grills and listen to the snake-charmer flutes as well as see the musicians tune up their instruments.
Explore the Medina
Medina is the old city and was a political and economic hub for the Middle East. Royals for centuries. As a focus of economic hub, many cultures developed here. You will feel Marrakech’s history as you walk through the labyrinth of alleyways of Medina, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage.
A different world in Ville Nouvelle
There is a completely different world beyond the rosy walls of Medina. Developed by European, the sweeping boulevards of Ville Nouvelle and it is wide avenues, and cozy cafés will remind you of Paris . Home to stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants, there are upscale hotels and the beautiful Menara Garden in Ville Nouvelle. The lush landscape is dotted with verdant golf courses, luxurious resorts, and sprawling date plantations.
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa is a beautiful building that lies near the largest Koranic school. The structure dates back to the 14th century, but the sprawling courtyard and the rose-colored walls of the Medersa were made by Sultan Abdullah el Ghalib in the 16th century. The elaborate stucco molding features colorful tile work along with traditional Islamic calligraphy.
Saadian Tombs are located near the Kasbah Mosque. Made of Italian Carrara marble and decorative plasterwork of gilding honeycomb muqarnas, which is made of pure gold, it shows that Saadian Sultan spared no expense when making those tombs. It is a must to visit the glorious mausoleum.
The Amal Center
Visit the Amal Center that supports and trains Moroccan women in restaurant skills. Thus, if you are looking for authentic and delicious food, then feast on the flavors that are to be found only in Amal Center. Here you get the taste of real home-cooking deal that reflects the local cuisine. Explore the options of starters, mains and dessert and the menu changes daily.
Built by the top artisans of Morocco, it is a must to visit the palace that boasts of intricate marquetry and zouak ceilings. The vast grand courtyard with jaunty blue and yellow leads to the Room of Honour that showcases a spectacular cedar ceiling. Get a glimpse of the dazzling interiors with original woven-silk panels in the harem. You are sure to get dazzled by rose-bouquet painted ceilings and stained-glass windows.
One of the most beautifully curated museums, it highlights the artistry culture of the Amazigh peoples. The exhibits include religious trappings and textiles, collections of jewelry, metal and woodwork and regional traditional dresses. It is a must to visit the museums to understand the past of the city.