This post was most recently updated on February 2nd, 2018
Marrakech is endowed with amazing structures and gorgeous scenery that tell of its rich culture and history. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Everywhere you look, you will see nothing but the amazing beauty and the captivating culture that makes Marrakech one of the best tourist attractions in Africa.
From the dusty Marrakech streets to the sandstone buildings, to the minarets that tower all over the city and the deep clear-blue skies that leave you mesmerized, Marrakech has it all.
Marrakech is also known as the Red City, because of the red wall that surrounds it. It is a major tourist attraction for people from all over the world. Every street in Marrakech has it’s own unique character. This makes the city different from many other cities.
For a great tour, you will need a guide who knows the city very well. Luckily, there are plenty of tour guides available to guide visitors from place to place. Take your time sight seeing and sampling the delights of Marrakech.
The Saadian tombs are an archeological site discovered in 1917. They date all the way back to the 16th century. It is not very clear exactly who was buried there. Visitors are attracted to the beautiful patterns on the tombs.
The tombs are invaluable to the city of Marrakech, and experts were deployed to restore the patterns on their walls to make them look as beautiful as they were eons ago.
Besides the tombs, there are mausoleums dating back to the Saadi dynasty. The mausoleum has 60 graves within it. There are colorful lace decorations within the tombs, as well as colorful mosaics and other oriental decorations.
Jardin Majorelle Gardens
If you visit Marrakech and do not take time to see the beautiful Jardin Majorelle gardens, you will have missed an amazing experience. The gardens give you a sense of calm and tranquility. Visitors are enthralled by the charm and serenity of the gardens.
The lush greenery offers a welcome respite from the heat of the Moroccan summer. It is a good place to cool off.
Inside the garden, there is a beautifully decorated house, from which the garden gets it’s name. The house is decorated with some of the most beautiful paintings you will ever see. The star of the show is an exquisite blue piece called Majorelle, after a famous French painter who did the decorating.
Not every part of the garden is open to the public. This should not discourage anyone because there is still plenty to enjoy. Majorelle is long gone, but there is a beautiful memorial dedicated to his memory situated among the beautiful palm trees in the garden.
Within the Majorelle gardens, there is the Berber Museum, which was Majorelle’s studio when he was alive. The museum has the same blue painting that adorns other parts of the garden.
The museum acts as a valuable source of information for tourists who need to know about North Africa and its people. The museum contains valuable information about life in North Africa from antiquity to the present time.
Pay a visit to the local markets known as Souk and purchase anything from local craft to electronics, cosmetics, fabric and a whole range of other products.
There are about 18 markets in Marrakech that all offer the same kind of items.
Jama’a El Fna, Marrakech
A visit to this public square will make you feel like you are in another world. The vibrant place is full of music and bustling with life. Musicians play a variety of instruments, making a lot of interesting sounds.
Arm yourself with a full wallet and an empty stomach. There are plenty of mouth watering exotic treats. Shopping is a pleasant experience. The people are friendly and ready to help visitors.
Marrakech has some traditional leather processing tanneries that are a must see. One of the most popular tanneries is the Bab Debbagh Tannerie.
A guide awaits visitors at the gate of the tannery, handing out mint twigs to every one. The gate leads to some narrow streets and a small residential neighborhood.
The twigs serve to mask the strong smell emanating from the tanneries. Visitors hold mint twigs up their noses. The natives do not seem to care about the smell.
Morocco is one of the leading countries in the world for producing processed leather. All the leather products are handmade and people from all the world flock here to do the purchases.
Ben Youssef Madrassa
If Arabic culture and architecture fascinates you, then the Ben Youssef Madrassa is a must see. The building might look run down now but it still holds some of the best artistic features to be found anywhere.
The mosaics in the mosque are stunning. All you need to enjoy this beauty is one hour of your time.
You are not done with things to do in Marrakech if you do not visit one of the oldest mosques in the city. It is the oldest monument in this city.
Here you find fully veiled Muslim women going about their daily chores while they jostle for space in the narrow streets.
Stay at the Riad
If you have an extra day to spare while you are visiting Marrakech, spend that day in a traditional Marrakech Riad. Marrakech is both modern and traditional.
While you will find beautiful state, of the art homes and restaurants, there are still a good number of traditional riads and traditional hotels spread all across the city.
These are traditional homes with beautiful interiors, high ceilings, and wonderful patios.
Enjoy Moroccan Culinary Highs
What would a trip or a visit to Morocco be without tasting their highly popularized dishes? Visit the markets, restaurants, homes and take a well-deserved culinary tour.
The culinary tours will take you from the fishing villages to vibrant city life where you get to enjoy the best Moroccan cuisine you can ever ask for.