Marrakech is more than just a city. It is a pearl polished by history and its tradition of hospitality which, for centuries, has known how to welcome visitors. You will be amazed by the atmosphere and scenery of the imperial city. Its secret is in its genuine and unspoilt charm and in its splendour and simplicity. Marrakech has a wide range of incredible curiosities with so many more delights to be discovered off the beaten track.
You must take a trip through the medina or a stroll to Place Jemaa El Fna for a journey through time. Your reference points will change as you go back in time with the past suddenly appearing in the form of snake charmers and magicians dispensing secret potions and medicines.
- Majorelle Gardens
- Mederssa Ben Youssef
- The Medina
- Ourika Valley
- Bahia Palace
- Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret
- Atlas Mountains
We amble along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of dreamy origin; we walk past refreshing, burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers; we hear wafting through the air, laden with sugared fragrance, the rustling of leaves and the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge; we stop, and the path turns unexpectedly, revealing a building with Moorish charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue the artist perceived in the Atlas Mountains.
We are soothed and enchanted by the harmony of this luxuriant and vivid imagery, which issues a delicate summons to the senses, offering us a calming retreat near, and yet so far from the bustling city, sheltered from time by high earthen walls.
Southern Medina. The grandest part of the medina, this southern neighbourhood has a colourful cultural history and is where you’ll find many of the city’s most chic riads. Made up predominantly of the original fortified kasbah, the royal palace and the Mellah (Jewish quarter) with its colourful markets, the area is punctuated by the great imperial palaces of Marrakech, some wonderful museums celebrating the city’s heritage, the legendary Mamounia hotel and the Agdal Gardens, where Marrakchis picnic in summer.
Northern Medina. Far from the mania of the souks, the northern triangle of the medina is, for the most part, refreshingly undiscovered. Traditional, tranquil residential life is played out around the tomb of Marrakech’s most revered patron saint, Sidi Bel Abbes; vintage-lovers can spend hours exploring the chaotic rambling flea market of Souk el Khemis; south, closer to the souks, are galleries, fondouks, boutique shops, romantic riad restaurants, a scattering of tailor’s shops and hammams, and the atmospheric Madrassa Ben Youssef.
The Bahia Palace is located in the medina of Marrakech along the northern edge of the district Mellah or Jewish quarter. Although the exact dates of the construction of the palace are unknown, the building was in use between 1859 and 1873 and was completed by 1900. The palace was built in two stages by two different men, a father and son who has served in grand viziers Alawite Cherifian.
At the time that it was built, the Koutaoubia Mosque was an engineering feat. Today it is a historical masterpiece. Visitors will undoubtedly be astounded at the sheer size of the minaret that became the model example for other minarets, such as the Hassan Tower in the city of Rabat and the Giralda of Selville.