Marrakesh's labyrinth Medina is a famous attraction with its narrow alleys, colors, scents and sounds. Simply wandering one can make many encounters: seeing, shopping, drinking mint tea, fresh ornage juice, chating with the friendly people of Marrakesh. Visitors shouldn't miss the Babouche Souk, the carpenter's Souk, the perfume and spice Souk, the leather Souk and Rue Bab Debbagh where they can find tanneries where animal skins are still dyed the old-fashioned way.
This large square at the entry to the Medina is the centre of Marrakesh life. The Djemaa El Fna is a vibrant hub of bric-a-brac stalls, musicians, storytellers, fortune-tellers and snake charmers that never seems to rest. Here the entire spectrum of Moroccan life enfolds before you. It is also easy to escape to one of the many surrounding rooftop cafes and restaurants where you can survey these scenes from above.
Marrakesh's most famous landmark with its 70 m tall minaret visible for miles. The mosque was built in 1162 and is one of the great achievements of Almohad architecture.
Built in 1565 by the Saadians, the Medersa is the largest theological college in Morocco. The warrens of rooms (with student cells which once were home to 900 pupils) are clustered around small internal courtyards in typical Islamic architecture style. The fine zellige tiling, stalactite ceilings and inscriptions used as decoration across much of the building interior are the highlights of a visit to this Medina attraction.
This palace was built in the 19th century as the residence of the Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed. The interior decoration is a dazzling display of zellige tiles, painted ceilings and ornate wrought-iron features showcasing the opulent lives of those high-up in the sultan's favour at that time. The palace is surrounded by sumptuous flower and tree-filled gardens.
This palace is home to a wonderful collection of Berber jewellery in finely worked silver, oil lamps, pottery artifacts, embroidered leather, and marble. There is also a display of Moroccan carpets and an amazing collection of traditional Moroccan door and window frames, which highlight this country's local architecture styles.
These gardens are full of cacti, palms and ferns, the work of painter Jacques Majorelle. Originally from France, Majorelle came to Marrakesh for health reasons and became well-known for his paintings of local Moroccan life. His most famous work though was this garden and the vibrant blue (the colour now known as Majorelle blue) painter's studio he lived in on the grounds. After Majorelle's death in 1962, French fashion designer Yves St Laurent bought the property and upon his death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the gardens.
Staying in a riad in the old medina of Marrakeshis a unique experience. A riad to town houses built round a central courtyard. It usually has some plants and a central fountain with apartments around this central place. Riads in Marrakesh are abundant. The city has more than 800 guesthouses divided amongst its different districts. The majority of Marrakesh riads are located near the souks, in the middle of Marrakesh medina. Each riad has its own specific and unique architecture and decoration. ( Read more).