Marrakech or Marrakesh – Travel guide
Known as the Red City of Morocco, Marrakech is located in the foothills of the Atlas mountains and is a popular tourist destination thanks to the traditional architecture of its riads and the numerous festivals which take place in this animated city. Over the centuries, and notably under the Almoravids dynasty, the city of Marrakech became one of the main cultural centres of North Africa thanks to the construction of numerous palaces and mosques. Take in the architectural refinement of Marrakech: the Saadian Tombs are a must-see. No visit to Marrakesh would be complete without an exploration of the Medina, the labyrinthine old part of the city in which you will find the market, stuffed with handmade Moroccan products such as carpets, leather goods, wooden objects, pottery, jewellery, spices, fabrics and traditional garments such as colourful djellaba and slippers… At the heart of the Medina you will find the Jemaa El Fna square, the true focal point of the city and a must-see for visitors to Marrakech.
Wander through the souks and experience Marrakech by night. Moroccan cultural life is a festive affair! Visit Marrakech in summer to coincide with the National Festival of Popular Arts, or for an ideal family excursion, visit during the Festival of Youth which also celebrates the birthday of king Mohammed VI. Get deep into contemporary Moroccan youth culture, with the concerts at the Slam Wa Angham festival, dedicated to slam and to the current music scene. For those looking for a moiment of tranquillity or for a romantic walk, head for the Majorelle Garden which offers an array of botanical, architectural and Islamic art forms.
As for sporting events in Marrakech, you will find everything from tests of endurance to high octane thrills. The city boasts a marathon which takes place in January, as well as the motor racing highlight, the Grand Prix de Marrakech which takes place during the Race of Morocco event.
After this excitement, relax and enjoy some of the local specialities. Taste authentic tagines and couscous, the two major dishes within Moroccan food. Sit back and contemplate the Atlas mountains, as you sip your glass of mint tea.