Overview Marrakech

Visiting Marrakech

Known as the “Red City”, Marrakech boasts a vibrant culture, beautiful architecture and a large population of European ex-pats (Yves Saint-Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier have called the city home), that make it a favorite destination for history buffs, culture hounds and adventurous travelers worldwide.

This city of 1 million people boasts the largest Souk in Morocco, and one of the busiest market squares in Africa, the Djemma el Fna, where food stalls purvey their wares among snake charmers, trained monkeys and henna artists.

Sightseeing is as easy as opening your eyes in Marrakech, a citied peppered with centuries-old Mosques and palaces like the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Palais de la Bahia are still standing as beautiful testaments to classic Islamic architecture. Traditional and modern Moroccan art sits alongside historical books, coins and pottery in the ... Read More
Known as the “Red City”, Marrakech boasts a vibrant culture, beautiful architecture and a large population of European ex-pats (Yves Saint-Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier have called the city home), that make it a favorite destination for history buffs, culture hounds and adventurous travelers worldwide.

This city of 1 million people boasts the largest Souk in Morocco, and one of the busiest market squares in Africa, the Djemma el Fna, where food stalls purvey their wares among snake charmers, trained monkeys and henna artists.

Sightseeing is as easy as opening your eyes in Marrakech, a citied peppered with centuries-old Mosques and palaces like the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Palais de la Bahia are still standing as beautiful testaments to classic Islamic architecture. Traditional and modern Moroccan art sits alongside historical books, coins and pottery in the Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum).

From the resting place of sultans in the Saadian Tombs to the once-grand ruins of the El Badi Palace, Marrakech’s fascinating past make for a great trip in the present.

So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow travelers who have had their share of couscous and tagine.    Close

Stories and Tips Marrakech

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Magical Marrakesh

Written by Richard Cain on 25 May, 2005

I spent just over a week in Morocco. As time was of the essence I had to choose my destinations carefully. One was chosen for me - Rabat, as it was the reason for coming - a business trip. Having said that, it's a nice…Read More


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Morocco - Part 1

Written by nickj on 22 Aug, 2000

Morocco Sun, surf and sand. Lot's of sand. Lot's of camels too. After failing to cross into Africa during my European vacation I was determined to return and managed to talk two foolish house mates into accompanying me. I spent twelve days in Marrakech, the High…Read More


Welcome to Kingdom of Morocco

Written by dangaroo on 30 Dec, 2008

I flew to and from Marrakech-Menara at the very beginning of this year. It's a wonderful feeling to land at Marrakech-Menara at the beginning of January, most Northern Europeans have come to accept a harsh to just bearable winter but it only hits you when…Read More


Clean up your act

Written by HELEN001 on 03 Jan, 2005

Our modern, faceless, totally forgettable hotel (indeed, I’ve forgotten the name already) was advertising a 'traditional Morrocan hammam' for 130 dirhams. We were not impressed. The traditional Morrocan hammam in the Rue Riad Zitoun el Kadim did impress us, and we got it all for…Read More


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Dentistry at the Djemaa el-Fna

Written by Nicola Six on 04 Sep, 2003

If you rock up in Marrakesh with a tooth ache or a loose crown make your way to the Djemaa El Fna. The man wielding a pair of pliers and a crazy grin will happily relieve you of the offending tooth in exchange for a…Read More


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Djemaa El Fna and the Koutoubia Minaret

Written by SaraP on 11 Oct, 2003

The most in-your-face and memorable place in Marrakech, perhaps in the whole of Morocco, is the Djemaa El Fna, leaping and throbbing with life and movement and music. It draws you in and makes you feel dizzy with its sheer activity and pace. Somewhat…Read More


Midnight at the Oasis

Written by BelleJ on 02 May, 2004

"Kiss the snake," demands the boy. "Kiss it! Kiss it, or you will be cursed." Morocco, like the devil, has some of the best lines. The snake, draped around the nonchalant tourist's neck, wavers slightly at this lack of appreciation. Its handler, a boy about 14, is…Read More


traveler767

Written by traveler767 on 22 Oct, 2000

Be sure to try the mint tea, absolutely delicious and so refreshing! Taste the Harira soup-very spice and tasty as well. I have found recipes here for it, but it never tastes as good as the one I had while in Morocco. Among the main…Read More


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Morocco - Part 3

Written by nickj on 24 Aug, 2000

From Merzouga we turned west into the Draa valley and the Todra and Dades gorges. The Todra was first, a tight, narrow gorge with sheer sides about 300m tall. A spring at the end of the gorge fuels a little stream which runs down into…Read More


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Morocco - Part 2

Written by nickj on 22 Aug, 2000

After the mountains you drop down into a barren and stony plane which extends pretty much to the Mauritanian border interrupted only briefly by the Anti-Atlas a few hundred kilometres to the south. Zagora lies in the middle of this plane, quite close to…Read More


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