If there’s a city that sums up all of Morocco’s exotic North African charm, it is Marrakech. The city’s name provided the root for the name of the country itself, spelling out this town’s importance through the ages. While strolling along the hustle of the medina, you’ll find the city’s main points of interest in a dizzying meld of ancient and new. Just soaking up the atmosphere here tops the things to do list, with snake charmers and smooth shop touts both competing for your attention amid a noisy, colorful bustle that encapsulates Morocco’s vibrant soul. Been wanting to go to Marrakech but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry we’re here to help. Make your stay an extraordinary by staying at one of the villas in Marrakech. Here, you’ll definitely have your ultimate relaxation while enjoying the scenic view of the area. Let’s get started. Here are the top 15 must-visit tourist attractions in Marrakech.
Medina souks are popularly known as the town’s main attraction. The kaleidoscope colors, narrow alleyways, the scents and sounds are just some of the highlights of the Marrakech trip. Don’t be afraid to get lost amid the bustling maze. Here, there are various shopping opportunities where you can practice haggling depending on your likeness. Numerous classical local souvenirs can be bought here. On the west side of the souk area, you’ll find tanneries. Here animal skins are still dyed the old-fashioned way.
The building was built in the early 20th century and was home to a minister in Morocco’s government. A combination of a local North African form with a touch of Portuguese elements are the styles that are being conveyed on this structure which features extremely impressive central courtyard area complete with lavish chandelier. It showcases a wide-ranging collection from contemporary art to Qur’anic inscriptions inclusive of textiles, local ceramic work, and coins that are being thrown in for good measure.
This burial ground is home to 66 members of the Saadian dynasty. The tombs included here are that of the ruler Al-Mansour, his successors, and their closest family members. The Saadian Tombs were walled up and were only rediscovered in the early 20th century.
Djemaa El Fna
The large square at the entry to the medina is known as the center of Marrakech life. There is a lively hub of musicians, storytellers, fortune-tellers and snake charmers that can be found in Djemaa El Fna which translates to assembly place of the nobodies. Here, you’ll see the glimpse of a Moroccan life.
It was built as a residence of the Grand Vizier Bou Ahmed, who served Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I. It showcases various intricate interior decoration of zellige tiles, painted ceilings, and ornate wrought-iron features which displays the lavish lives of those high up in the sultan’s favor at that time. Two of the main attractions in the area is the massive marble grand courtyard and opulent salons of the Haram area.
Medersa Ben Youssef
Medersa Ben Youssef was built in 1565. The Medersa (translates to madrassa – Islamic school of learning) of Ben Youssef is the largest theological college in Morocco. Because of its structure and look, this medersa is one of Morocco’s most beautiful buildings and a star medina attraction. The warrens of rooms (with student cells that once were home to 900 pupils) are clustered around small internal courtyards in typical Islamic architecture style. The main internal courtyard is the real highlight here. The fine zellige tiling, stalactite ceilings, cedar-wood detailing, and Kufic inscriptions were used as decoration across the courtyard’s interior.
Dar Si Said – The Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts
Vizier Si Said was the one who built this beautiful old palace. Here, you can find numerous collection of Berber jewelry, embroidered leather, marble, pottery artifacts and even oil lamps. You can also see a various display of Moroccan carpets and incredible mazing collection of traditional Moroccan door and window frames. These highlight the country’s local architectural styles. For those who are interested to have an idea of the evolution of North African arts and crafts, be sure to drop by for a couple of hours.
This garden is full of cacti, palms, and ferns. It was the work of the painter Jacques Majorelle. He is known for his paintings depicting the local Moroccan life. Majorelle died in 1962. After that, Yves Saint Laurent, a French fashion designer bought the property. Laurent died in 2008 and upon his death, his ashes were scattered in the gardens. Now, the old painting studio of Majorelle’s serves as a home to a fabulous museum dedicated to Berber artistry.
Almoravid Koubba is also known as the Koubba Ba’adiyn or the Marrakech’s oldest monument. It was built in the 12th century. Its original use is still unknown although experts suggested that it may have been the ablution house of a mosque that once sat next door. Its exterior design is just simple, a squat, square building topped with a dome but here lies an interesting interior, a dome ceiling covered in Almoravid motifs.
One of the Kasbah area’s most atmospheric sights is the ruins of Al-Mansour’s once grand palace. It was built by Saadian ruler, inclusive of pavilions set amid the garden of reflective pools but it was plundered and destroyed soon after. Now, the only the mosaic-tiled floors, ruined pavilions, and the high enclosing walls are all that remain.
All set! Don’t forget to visit those attractions on your visit to the historical city of Marrakech. It will surely be a fun-filled, informative and remarkable vacation ever.
This is a guest post submitted by Seema, from pandareviewz.com.