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Marrakech is known to be an exotic place that offers its tourists with a range of unique sights and surroundings that seem to be right out of ancient fairy tales. Snake charmers, street artists, live music, a plethora of traditional entertainment activities, etc. are a part of the local lifestyle and there is no shortage of shopping opportunities either. If you believe that your local flea markets are among the best in the world, wait till you explore the ones found in Marrakech – they simply have no comparison anywhere else on the planet.

It’s not just about the markets and activities available here. Marrakech is also famous as an extremely beautiful city with architectural wonders, natural delights and a rich history and culture. The red pigment found on the walls of the various constructions gave it the title “Red City”, but there is no dearth of the greens, blues or yellows in Marrakech.

At the very heart of this exotic wonder lies the Medina of Marrakech, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that promises to take tourists back into time. The beautiful Menara gardens, magnificent Saadian Tombs and the grand Bahia Palace ensure that there is a lot of variety to choose from as well. The prominent Koutoubia Minaret, considered to be the best North African Islamic monument is also located here.

A tale of two cities might apply to most major cities in the world, but none of them describe the true diversity as Marrakech. The city is divided into two parts – the ancient walled city founded in the Middle Ages and the French inspired city founded in the 20th century. Both are known to have their own sets of wonders and delights with one taking tourists back into time and the other enthralling them with modern day luxuries.


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Marrakech holidays - Top Places To Go

 
1. Koutoubia Mosque

What is it? Towering over the labyrinthine streets and markets of Marrakech is the city's principal landmark, the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, known as the 'mosque of the booksellers' because of the bazaar of the book traders that used to be nearby. The red stone mosque was first built in 1147, but demolished and rebuilt in 1199 because it was not correctly aligned with Mecca. The mosque, basically a massive prayer hall, has 17 aisles and 112 columns, and room for thousands to pray within it. The ornately carved minbar (pulpit) is believed to have been a gift from the Almoravid Sultan Ali ben Youssef. The landmark minaret is 221ft (69m) high and consists of six chambers one atop the other, ascended by a ramp through which the muezzin ascends to the top balcony. The mosque is closed to non-Muslims, but the area around is a favourite place for an evening stroll. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

2. Djemaa el-Fna

What is it? What it lacks in beauty, the large town square of Marrakech, Djemaa el-Fna (Square of the Dead) makes up for in pulsating liveliness that belies its name. Every day the square is a colourful circus of performing artists where snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and healers vie with each other to be noticed by the milling crowds; every evening food stalls take over and the competition is fierce among them for the passing trade, offering anything from boiled snails and sheep's heads to thick vegetable soup, kebabs or fresh salads. Freshly squeezed orange juice stalls stand side by side encircling the market and offer a refreshing drink both day and night. The square is a fascinating place to sit awhile at one of the surrounding cafes, watching the swirling parade. The square is also the gateway to the souks (bazaars) of Marrakech, tucked away in the surrounding labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys. It is easy to lose your way, but well worth exploring the plethora of craftsmen offering their wares. Bargain for anything from water mugs and dates to exotic Moroccan carpets. The souks are also well shaded from the searing Moroccan sun and therefore provide a respite from the heat. Hours of Operation: Phone:

 

 

3. Dar Si Saïd Museum
Riad Ezzitoun El Jadid
What is it? The Museum, housed in a palace on the Riad Ezzitoun El Jadid, depicts the arts, crafts and culture of the Berber people, including displays of some Moorish cedarwood furniture, and artefacts from every day life in the Sahara desert. There is also a collection of door and window frames, elaborately carved and ornamented, in the museum courtyard. Hours of Operation: Daily 8.30am to 11.45am; and 2.30pm to 5.45pm; closed Tuesdays Phone:(044) 442 464

 

 


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1. Marrakech Popular Arts Festival

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What is it? There is never a dull moment in this teeming city designed to inflict sensory overload, but during the summer Popular Arts Festival, Marrakech is more frenzied and alive than ever, the already-packed streets even more crowded with an abundance of tourists and Moroccans avid for fun. Artists, craftsmen, vendors, musicians, acrobats, fire-swallowers and dancers hold performances in every corner of the city, with the centre of the action at the ruined 16th-century Badi Palace, once the heart of the powerful Saadian Dynasty. One of the most popular features is the 'fantasia', a choreographed trick horse-riding spectacle held each evening in a field near the Bab Jdid just outside the city walls. For more information contact the Morocco Tourist Office on +212 (0)37 681 531/532/533 or admin@tourism-in-morocco.com Where is it? Various, but mainly Badi Palace and Djemma el Fna

 

 



 

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