When the sun goes down on Marrakech, the fumes of the Jemaa El Fna square
rise, the Koutoubia
is lit up and the voice of a muezzin sounds. The Marrakech residents head to the famous square while the multicoloured souks
are emptying gradually. The palaces remain obstinately silent, full of history. It is there that you can find all of the charm of Marrakech, that seems to awaken after spending the day under the torpor of the sun and in the pollution of vehicles. Nestled at the foot of the High Atlas
, the imperial city is divided into several distinct neighborhoods. The medina, surrounded by imposing ramparts, is the most authentic of all. It is here where you can find the main attractions of Marrakech : the souks, the palace of Bahia, the Saadian tombs ... This site, classified by Unesco, also abounds in riads, or traditional houses, converted into guest houses for the purposes of tourism. To the west of the Old City, the area around Hivernage is a residential area housing luxury villas and tourist hotels. In the north, Gueliz is a modern district area where a good number of hotels
, restaurants, cafés and European style shops are flourishing, mainly along the avenue of Mohammed IV. Finally, the palm grove, at a distance of about 6 miles from downtown, stretches over nearly 32123 acres. Cut down from year to year by tourist speculation, today it contains a large number of hotels and holiday clubs as well as a superb golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.
The more sporty visitors will also have all of the spare time to practice tennis, horseback riding, quad, go-karting, hiking and skiing on the peaks of the Atlas range. As for the climate, Marrakech is a city to discover all year round. In winter, the nights are cool and the sun is generous. In summer, the heat can be stifling, especially because of dry and hot winds that come from the Sahara. But it is like this that the purists will tell you that you must discover it.
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