What to see in Marrakech | Morroco

Marrakech is one of the most famous and popular city in Morocco. Although it is definitely the most Europeanized among the cities it still retains many beautiful sights and monuments of the Arab world that are also often included as a World Heritage Site. It no wonder why it’s called the pearl of the south.

But what to see in Marrakech without wasting time wandering through the crowds and bustle of this city?

Bahia Palace

Do not miss definitely one of the most beautiful buildings in Marrakesh: Bahia Palace. Entering the walls of this building you will find yourself immersed in the lives of Moroccans senior ranks of the nineteenth century. A typical example of the architectural style of Eastern Nouveau Riche, it seems to have been built to accommodate the immense harem of Ahmed ben Musa. The structure includes no less than eight acres of gardens but also richly decorated rooms and tiled courtyards.

Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque was built in 1150 AD and it is the largest mosque in Marrakech. What’s worth is taking a picture of is the beautiful minaret which is also one of the largest and oldest minarets left in the world. Although it is a sacred place, access is allowed to the tourists provided they have appropriate clothing.

Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque

Majorelle Gardens

A detachment of total relaxation from the chaotic life of the city. These gardens have a fairly recent history, since it was designed in 1920 by the French artist Majorelle. A small oasis where you can see water games and over 300 different species of subtropical plants.

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden

Medina

You can not help but get lost in Medina of Marrakesh (the old part), because here you can admire the rhythm and life of Morocco and you can always visit the local souk. It can not be ignored, these huge mazes are a succession of stalls, colors, smells and sellers screaming. There are also many typical products of the place worthy of being bought as souvenirs of travel. An important thing to remember is bargaining: in the Souks of Marrakech, as in all others, it is a must to bargain if you do not want to offend the seller.

Médina - Souks

Médina – Souks

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

A true institution in North Africa, this is a beautiful and well maintained example of Koranic school of the sixteenth century. A truly complex and rich structure that will surely leave you speechless. Today the school is closed, but the building was reopened after extensive restoration as an important historic building.

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa

Menara Gardens

A paradise of palm trees, olive trees and fruit trees to the west of Marrakech, suitable for those who want to escape the chaos of the city. Built in the twelfth century, for a period of time, it hosted the family of the sultan who used them as a summer residence.

Mehara gardens

Mehara gardens

Marrakech photos by: 5erg10, safraz hayat, patric, easwords, jose eduardo silva

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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