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Our Tips for the Best Tour in Marrakesh, Morocco

Mahmoud Gebril November 25, 2016 Published in Morocco
Our Tips for the Best Tour in Marrakesh, Morocco

 Sitting at the northeastern corner of Africa is one of the world’s most exotic and enigmatic cities: Morocco’s Marrakesh.

But just why has Marrakesh become such a popular destination? Join us on one of our magical Morocco tours to find out.         

Jemaa el-Fnaa

There is no better place to start exploring Marrakesh than from its cultural and energetic heart, the bustling Djemaa el Fna square in Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest square of its kind in Africa. The heat of the daytime leads to a calmer, more colorful experience, with a vast range of market stalls, storytellers, and snake charmers bringing a real Middle Eastern flair to the African city. But it’s at night that the square really comes alive. Delicious food stalls, atmospheric live music, and street performers will keep you fed and entertained, and an impossible array of wares make for a shopper’s paradise.

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Rahba Kedima Square

Spice Square, as it’s known, just bursts with magic, and nowhere in Marrakesh demonstrates the fusion of Africa and Arabia more than this vibrant, ancient setting. You can buy almost anything, from spices and oils, baskets and bags and traditional herbs and medicines. But you’ll also see more unsavory items, like animal skins, tusks, and caged wild animals. This square is not for everyone, but if you want to witness the true and exotic Marrakesh, this is the place for you.

Spices shopping in Marrakesh
Spice shopping in Marrakesh

The Atlas Mountains

 The stunning Atlas Mountains provide a dramatic landscape to explore and, so close to the city, offer a glimpse at the nomadic Berber lifestyle so different from what we know in the West.

A little further out you reach the Sahara Desert, where it’s possible to arrange a stay in a traditional Berber tent and sleep under the stars.

Atlas mountains in Marrakesh
Atlas Mountains in Marrakesh

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Visit a Hammam

 Locals visit a Hammam or spa to socialize, relax, and meet friends, but the main reason is to get a cleansing body scrub. There are plenty of traditional hammams to choose from, but etiquette rules are strict, and it might be a more relaxing experience to opt for a tourist-friendly version.

 Jardin Majorelle

 Another wonderful space to seek respite from the frenetic city is the Jardin Majorelle. With its exotic trees and flowers and picturesque ponds, a walk among the immaculately manicured and landscaped gardens gives visitors a refreshing opportunity to reenergize before tackling their next destination.

Created by French painter Jacques Majorelle in 1947, it was later bought by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent in 1980 when they discovered it was going to be turned into a hotel complex and has been a peaceful sanctuary ever since.

Exotic trees in the Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh
Exotic trees in the Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh

The Tanneries

Despite the pungent smells, a visit to the tanneries is a wonderful glimpse into the past, as the methods and skills of leather crafting have remained unchanged for centuries. After your visit, you’ll inevitably end up shopping for beautiful leather goods, so be ready to bargain hard.

Leather crafting in Marrakesh
Leather crafting in Marrakesh

Bahia Palace

The peaceful buildings and grounds of the impressive Bahia Palace, built in the mid-19th century and located along the northern edge of the Medina’s Jewish quarter, are currently used to receive foreign dignitaries and are a wonderful place to escape the heat and the chaos of other parts of the city.

Bahia Palace in Marrakesh
Bahia Palace in Marrakesh

Ben Yousef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa is the largest Islamic College in Morocco. An inscription over the entrance says, ‘You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded’, and almost six centuries later the blessing still works its charms on visitors. Founded in the 14th century, with its mesmerizing ornamentation and delicate carvings, the Quranic learning centre remains among the most splendid in Africa.

Madrasa in Marrakesh
Madrasa in Marrakesh

Shopping in the Souk

Of course, no visit to Marrakesh is complete without a shopping trip to the souk. With an almost unimaginable array of goods to peruse and the heady cacophony of sights, sounds, and smells assaulting all of your senses, be prepared to do a friendly battle with the vendors. Such great fun and bargains galore.