Top things to do in Marrakesh

Top things to do in Marrakesh

Top things to do in Marrakesh

Marrakesh is a travelers destination because of the rich culture its offers to the people visiting the city. The third largest city in the country after Casablanca and Rabat, Marrakesh is known as The Red City because of the pale pink color of many buildings in the city. The highlight of the city is Djemaa el Fna, also known as the ‘Heart of the City’. Unlike all those bucket-and-spade beach breaks which can be summed up on a postcard, Marrakech leaves you with holiday photographs that demand further explanation. From adventurists to history aficionados, the city extends a warm welcome to all. Street stalls and local restaurants serve economical food and defines Moroccan cuisine, but if you intend to go to hotels then it’s not such a bargain as they are meant to aim the tourists. Alcohol is hard to find here, usually only in licensed bars and restaurants, so don’t expect to get drunk and behave whatever way you want to!

Djemaa el-Fna:

Djemaa el-Fna is the popular city square in Marrakech, located in the ‘heart of Marrakesh. At night, it enlivens with myriads of travelers who are found enjoying the performances of storytellers, snake charmers, musicians and dancers. During the day, it transforms into a shopaholics’ paradise. The square offers a wide range of beautiful items such as souvenirs at affordable prices and gives you the opportunity of acquainting yourself with the Moroccan culture. In 2001, Djemaa el-Fna was named as the 'Masterpiece of World Heritage' by the UNESCO. Stewed to its excellence comprising of a watery broth and flavored with pepper, citrus peel, aniseed, mint, and a mix of other herbs; snails are proffered at numerous roadside stalls. Also, try other delicacies like the b’ssara and orange juice here, which are worth every penny.

Agdal Gardens:

Located to the south of the Royal Palace, Agdal Gardens covers over 400 hectares of land. The garden has small farms of lemon, orange and pomegranate trees. In 1985, Agdal Gardens along with the Menara Gardens and the medina were declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Jardin Majorelle:

Jardin Majorelle is a botanical garden and an artist's landscape garden in the city that expands over a 12-acre land. There is an archaeological museum that displays the Islamic Art of the city. Jacques Majorelle's perseverance and hard-work for around 40 years led to the creation of one of the most visited attractions in the heart of the 'Ochre City'.
NOTE: The site is accessible to the differently abled.

Medersa Ben Youssef:

Named after Sultan Ali Ibn Yusuf, Mederesa Ben Youssef is an Islamic college in the city which was closed down in 1960 and redeveloped as a historical site in 1982. Medersa Ben Youssef is one of the few remarkable Moroccan medersas that was built after the fall of the Merinids, and stretches over 42 meters.

Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech:

Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech is a Moroccan photography museum which is a house of permanent collections and offers rotating exhibitions. The photography museum exhibits around 10,000 original prints of contemporary and modern photographs, glass negatives which are the oldest collection of the High Atlas, a large collection of postcards, different documentaries and a library.

Dar Si Said:

The Dar Si Said, a museum in Marrakesh, is a perfect example of the mixture of the old and contemporary. It displays a collection of granary doors, ceramics, carpets, embroidery, Berber jewelry and ornate artisanal Moroccan objects from an 11th-century chest. The pint-sized wooden palanquins are the museum’'s most sublime artefacts which were used to hold babies on a Ferris Wheel.

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