Marrakech, also known as Marrakesh in French, is easy to reach from Europe via Menara International Airport, other parts of Morocco on the new expressway from Casablanca or Agadir, or better still, at the end of a road trip along the amazingly scenic and serpentine roads though the High Atlas mountains such as the Dadés Valley and the Draa Valley.
Marrakech embraces a modest number of attractions in its medina (old town) such as terrific buildings especially traditional inside-out riads, good museums and a fascinating covered souk (market), one of the the best place to find good quality crafts in Morocco. But most of all Marrakech is home to Djema el Fna, the wackiest square in the country and probably in the continent, where assorted weirdos put on performances all day long while food stalls serve good food at great prices in a delightful atmosphere well into the evening.
Marrakesh is also within easy reach of seaside destinations such as Essaouira, beach resorts such as Agadir, Sahara desert dunes at Zagora, the beautiful drives and walks in the Draa Valley, Ourika River’s Berber village charms and of course hiking along the Todra Gorge.
A rooftop view over to the nearby High Atlas Mountains.
Other Marrakech Sights
Taking a siesta in front of a traditional Marrakesh door.
Marrakech at night and the magical glow concealing the frayed edges of the city.
The Majorelle Garden
The Islamic Art Museum.
This large botanical garden (specialising in cacti) was landscaped by expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s when Morocco was a protectorate (colony) of France.
The brilliant cobalt blue used on the garden and buildings is named after him, Bleu Majorelle and is a colour commonly associated with Morocco.
Entry to the garden is a little pricey taking into account the modest size, but it makes a good break from the hectic life elsewhere. The garden is also home to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech (aka Berber Museum) with collections of North African textiles, ceramics, jewelry and paintings.
The Kutubiyya Mosque
Marrakech central mosque and 77m high sandstone minaret, the magnificent Koutoubia.
The Kotoubia Mosque (as it’s also known, along with al-Kutubiyah, Kutubiyyin Mosque) is the largest mosque in Marrakesh. It’s located just a little southwest of Marrakesh’s hub, Djemaa el Fna. The mosque was built in the 12th century and is a model for the Giralda mosque in Seville, Spain.
Non-muslims are not entry into the mosque .