Must-See Attractions in Marrakech

Wherever you go in Marrakesh, you can count on dust, adventure and mint tea. This is a place that urges you to explore its many amazing places, history and architecture. If you are planning a trip here, then here are some of the most popular attractions to see as compiled by Tony from rocktravel.org

Djemaa el-Fna

Djemaa el-Fna was designated a World Heritage site, but this lopsided square is not a monument, it is a mayhem. Acrobats, snake charmers and potion peddlers are only the opening acts. When the sun sets, 100 chefs reignite the world’s fiercest BBQ competition. The performers arrive out of the shadows of the smoke. There are cross-dressing belly dancers and amateur boxers in the south-west corner and in the north-east corner there are starry-eyed astrologers and animated storytellers. In between the two are unwinnable carnival games Berber jam sessions and the odd dentist. Halqa has been going on every night here for 1,000 years and the show never seems to get old.

Souks and Fondouks

Marrakesh beats Paris and Milan any day! This is the place where you can see artisans creating new designs daily using ancient tools. In the northern souks or street markets as we know it as, modern maalems (master craftsmen) are still saddle-making, blacksmithing and lute-carving. You will have the opportunity to see original works in progress along Rue Dar el-Bacha, inside fondouks (medieval courtyard workshops) where the craftsmen create zellij (puzzlework mosaics).

Ali ben Youssef Medersa

There is a beautifull 14th-century structure in the heart of Marrakesh, which was once North Africa’s biggest Islamic study centre. There are wood-carved balconies that open to the sky. There are dorm rooms that used to occupy over 900 students. Visitors at a loss for words need only look to the arcaded courtyard – a marvel of calligraphy in zellij, Atlas cedar, plaster, Atlas, and, in the mihrab (eastern-facing prayer niche), Carrara marble.

Jardin Majorelle

Cactus meets couture in this garden, which was once owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Rare floras from different continents thrive in the shadow of a cobalt-blue art deco villa. This villa was built in 1931 by the painter known as Jacques Majorelle and preserved for posterity by Yves Saint Laurent. Reserve time to admire over 600 Berber artifacts inside the villa for a minimal fee. Then pay your respects at the YSL garden memorial.

 

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