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Explore the red walls and souks of Marrakech

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  • 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 ...
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  • The most festive and trendy of Moroccan cities, Marrakesh has nevertheless managed to hold onto its charm and authenticity.
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  • What would Marrakesh be without its lively souqs bursting with the colours of precious fabrics?
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  • The Majorelle botanical gardens is one of Marrakesh's biggest attractions. It is home to numerous rare species, creating an enchanting setting.
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  • Although the mosque may have chosen to remain bare and rather austere, it still remains an architectural marvel and one of the most beautiful Moroccan monuments.
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  • The Menara olive groves are especially large in size. They are irrigated by a central basin which itself is fed by the waters of the surrounding mountains.
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  • Located in Telouet, this kasbah is the former residence of the Pasha of Marrakesh. A monument not to be missed.
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  • The Koutoubia Mosque and its gardens.
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  • Planted with olive trees (some of which date back a hundred years), this park is a pleasant place for a stroll especially at sunset.
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  • The city's true atmosphere is not unveiled until nightfall.
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  • The Marrakesh souq is renowned for its leather. Some of the cobblers here still use ancient ancestral techniques.
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  • Contrasts, colours, and lighting effects all make up this botanical garden's charm.
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  • The snake charmer, an avoidable figure in Jemma El Fna Square.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Morocco

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 six 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 who travel to Marrakech 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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Marrakech: what to do?

Rarely scheduled, the medersa Ben Youssef (Koranic school) is one of the most exciting visits with its innumerable and tiny student rooms and its richly decorated patios. You can also visit the Dar Said museum, offering a collection of everyday objects such as swings for children, dresses and bridal jewellry and carpets.

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 medina, surrounded by imposing ramparts, has remained untouched. It is here where you can find the main attractions of Marrakech : the souks, the palace of Bahia, the Saadian tombs ...

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Marrakech: the key figures

Surface area : Morocco covers an area measuring 254,815 mi2. km2

Population : Morocco has a population of 32.3 million. inhabitants

Time difference : The UK and Morocco are both in the same time zone so normally there is no time difference. However, daylight saving starts and ends on different dates in both countries, so at certain times of the year the UK can be one hour ahead.

  • The pleasure of bargain-hunting and bartering in the souks
  • The airport is very close to the city
  • The cultural richness of this imperial city
  • You almost always have to bargain for things
  • The difficulties of traffic circulation
  • The heat is stifling in the summer
  • The noise and the pollution

Marrakech: what to visit?

Arts and culture

Reminders

If you really want to enjoy the Jema El Fna square, go there in the late afternoon/ early evening .

To avoid

Avoid strolling around too underdressed (especially for women).

Marrakech: what to eat?

Moroccan cuisine is excellent and offers a variety of dishes with subtle and varied tastes. The couscous is, of course, the typically Moroccan dish, but also taste the tajines of beef, chicken or lamb. The pastilla can be eatean sweet or salty or a mixture of the two. Fritters or chorba are appetizing starters. The pastries will delight all gourmands. And to finish a meal, drink mint tea .

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