Marrakech is the perfect depiction of Morocco’s exotic charm. In the midst of its agitation, you will find the city’s main points of interest, in a splendid combination of old and new. The oriental influences of the city can be seen on its beautiful buildings which glow in vibrant colors, in its spice-filled markets, and last but not least, its people. Here, everything is competing to attract your attention.
Here are the most important landmarks that you have to check out on a visit to Marrakech:
For most visitors, Medina is the city’s main attraction. Narrow alleys in kaleidoscopic colors, various flavors and sounds fascinate visitors from all around the world. In Medina there are countless shopping opportunities, where you can find exactly what you want, for a very small price, from shoe stores, to perfumes and leather. If you want to return home with an authentic souvenir, visit the famous artists doing henna tattoos.
Jamaa el Fna
The large square located at the entrance to Medina represents the central activity of Marrakech. This perpetual agglomeration is the meeting place for storytellers, musicians, fortune-tellers, and snake wizards, who never take a rest. Here, the whole spectrum of Moroccan life is revealed to you, right in front of your eyes. If the crowded area becomes too much for you, you can rest in one of the many cafes in the area, from where you can explore the place in peace, drinking a nice cup of Moroccan coffee.
Medersa Ben Youssef
Built in 1565
by the Saadian Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib, Medersa is Morocco’s largest theological college. The rooms are grouped around small inner courtyards in the typical Islamic architectural style, but the main inner courtyard is the true attraction. The fine tiling, the ornamental stalactite ceilings, the cedar wood details and the Kufic inscriptions used as courtyard decorations, make it one of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco without a doubt.
The Marrakech Museum
This museum has a collection that has both contemporary art and inscriptions, with local ceramics and beautiful textile details. For most visitors, the real highlight is the building where the museum is hosted.
But Me’nebhi was built at the beginning of the 20th century, and was once home to a Moroccan government minister. The architecture is a harmonious combination of North African and Oriental influences, with some Portuguese elements. This place is where all those beautiful Instagram pics come from!
The Majorelle Garden
One of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the city of Marrakech, Majorelle Garden offers an unimaginable view. This lush tropical garden full of cacti, palm trees and ferns is the work of the renowned painter Jacques Majorelle. Originally from Nancy, France, Majorelle came to Marrakech for health reasons, and became known for his paintings about the Moroccan life. His most famous work, however, became this garden, painted in a blazing blue, now called Majorelle blue.