A destination of escape and passionate discovery, Marrakech is a harmonious blend of exoticism, cultures and grandiose landscapes. The one that is sometimes called "The Pearl of the South" has indeed several tourist assets that will convince you, whatever your profile. If you already have your ticket to Morocco, here are the 10 good reasons that will make you a lucky tourist.
The red city not only has a fascinating cultural heritage, but also preserves an exceptional tradition of well-being and body care. Tourists frequenting the luxurious hammams located in the heart of the city rejoice and enjoy as soon as they have the opportunity. In these establishments, you will benefit from different types of invigorating treatments ranging from the artisan skin scrub to the aromatherapy, to the petal baths and the massages.
Situated near the Koutoubia mosque in the Southwest of the Medina, the famous Jemaa el Fna square is a must-see spot from 5pm when it is invaded by people to become the heart of Marrakech. Classified as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2001, this square is incredibly lively in the evening with music groups, itinerant restaurants, snake charmers and chiromancy.
Purchased by the illustrious designer Yves Saint-Laurent in 1980, the Majorelle Garden was originally designed by the French orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle in 1931. The beauty of this garden inspires romanticism and serenity, a botanical garden, typical of an Islamic garden, comprises nearly 300 plant species spread over an area of about one hectare. It also houses the Museum of Berber Culture which extends over 200m² and whose collection shows how the Red City has a rich past.
Shopping lovers will be thrilled when they visit the historic district of Marrakech and its colourful souks. This Medina, which is none other than the largest in the Maghreb, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made of narrow and winding alleys, traditional riads and orange gardens, the place presents an architecture that has not changed since the 17th century. It alone constitutes a book of history particularly pleasant to traverse. Getting lost in the labyrinth of shops and craft shops remains a real delight, especially if you like jewellery, pottery, perfumes, fabrics, carpets, cutlery, etc.
In the heart of the Medina, near the Almoravid mosque, the Ben-Youssef Medersa is one of the architectural masterpieces to be missed under no pretext. The Arabo-Andalusian style of this Koranic school fascinates lovers of beautiful monuments that can admire its sumptuous decorations, its cedar wood structures of the Atlas and Italian marble, as well as its carved or zelligated plaster. Built in 1565, the site covers an area of 1,670m² and would be able to accommodate up to 900 students.
Not far from the Medersa Ben-Youssef is the museum of Marrakech. The latter has one of the most interesting collections in the kingdom. With a surface area of over 2,000 square metres, the building attracts admiration for lovers of beautiful buildings, thanks to its typical style of 19th-century Spanish-Moorish art. Built at the request of the foundation of the patron Omar Benjelloun, this private museum illustrates the richness of Moroccan culture. Tourists will discover fabulous jewels, ceramics, calligraphic compositions, paintings, photographs, etc.
To see with your own eyes, the famous Palais de la Bahia in Marrakech is like being part of a tale of the thousand and one nights. This impressive 19th-century monument remains one of the jewels of Moroccan architecture. It is a heterogeneous blend of beautiful rooms nestled in an area of 8 hectares where flowers blossom majestically. Originally, this magnificent palace of 160 rooms was intended for one of the official concubines of the Grand Vizier Sidi Moussa.
During a tourist stay in Morocco, the red city is an interesting base for adventurers. Indeed, the city of Marrakech remains the ideal starting point for various excursions in a 4x4, quad, motorbike, or on a camel in the mountains of the Atlas. Several places are famous for the beauty of their landscape: the valley of Ourika, the villages of Aït Oussertek, or even the plateau of Kik. Those who wish to be accompanied by a guide or a chauffeur will have no difficulty in finding one.
Mint tea is a real institution in Morocco. Served hot, it is obtained through the infusion of green tea and spearmint mixed with a certain amount of sugar. This traditional drink is unavoidable throughout the kingdom, it has logically become an important component of social life in Marrakech. The brew with the digestive and tonic virtues is systematically served to the guests by the head of the family, as a mark of hospitality.
In terms of a romantic square, we must admit that we are well served in the red city. In the centre of the city is the splendid garden of the Menara, an oasis of 88 hectares dotted with olive trees and irrigated by a large basin. The place is therefore highly appreciated for its peaceful and idyllic character. Holidaymakers and the locals love to walk around to exchange ideas or to maintain the smile of a loved one. Built by Caliph Abd Al-Mumin around 1147, this oasis has no less than 40 varieties of olive trees and offers an enchanting setting valued by the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.