Top Things to Do in Marrakech
Marrakech is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and was founded by Abu Bakr Omar, King Almoravid, around 1062. Today, Marrakech has about a million inhabitants which places it fourth among the largest city in Morocco after Casablanca, Rabat, and Fez.
The city of Marrakech is made up of two parts, on the one hand the Medina which is surrounded by about ten kilometers of walls and on the other, the new city made up of the Guéliz and Hivernage districts. The new town is essentially a commercial town center which was founded by the French during the Protectorate. In the Hivernage district, there are many hotel sites and then on the outskirts of many residential districts which are developing more and more, especially in the Targa region. Marrakech is also known to be a university city and a city with one of the most populous Medinas in Morocco.
Marrakech welcomes many visitors every year, it has become a hotspot for tourism but also a destination of excellence for celebrities and even the French jet set. The city of Marrakech is the starting point par excellence for many excursions for visitors who wish to embark on an excursion and climb the Atlas.
Marrakech keeps within it many architectural, cultural and historical treasures to come and admire. Indeed, it is possible to admire and enjoy the special atmosphere of the Place Jamâa El Fna which is located near the mosque and where some shows take place by monkey trainers, musicians or by snake charmers. It is also possible to be charmed by the colors of the Ben Youssef medersa, the Koranic school founded in 1570 and which is inspired by Arab-Andalusian art. Marrakech is full of places and spaces that inspire dreams and that permeate visitors. Indeed, the souks and their scents of spices that stroll through the streets charm walkers. Gardens such as the Agdal Gardens and the Menara Gardens enchant with their flowery notes that captivate passers-by. Moreover, Marrakech attracts for its culture and enchants visitors thanks to its various museums. You can find beautiful things to look at at the Bert Flint Museum or at the Museum of Islamic Art. During the walks in the Moroccan city of Marrakech, the palaces will not be forgotten and will leave visitors amazed by their beauty (the Bahia Palace or the El Badi Palace are references).
Marrakech is also a tourist hotspot thanks to its many events which take place during the year and which also make it famous. Thus, three major festivals attract visitors thirsty for Moroccan culture such as the Marrakech International Film Festival (early December), the Marrakech Popular Arts Festival or the Samoa Festival of Sacred Music. Marrakech is truly the city offering its passers-by from all over the world the charms of a city that is both old and new, which captivates with its colors, its scents and its landscapes.