Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech
Has 8 courts (4 floodlit), a club-house with restaurant and a small pool. This is a club, so they may require you to take out membership for a small fee. Lessons with good coaches are available in the evenings.
CTM bus to Essaouira
CTM have 1 bus departing for Essaouira.
Journey time 3 hours.
Tickets are around 60 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.
Book tickets 1 or 2 days before departure, seats go quick.
All buses depart from the CTM Bus Station not the Main Bus Station.
CTM BUS STATION
Address: Station Road CTM, Rue Abou Baker Seddik-Marrakech.
Phone: 05 24 44 74 20.
Opening hours: 24/24.
Services Offered: Ticketing - Boarding-Drinks.
Please use prices as a rough guide only.
Djema El Fna
Djema El Fna is the main market square in the "medina", the old town. During the day, you can see a lot of orange juice stalls, fresh date and nut sellers, henna tattooists, fortune tellers, acrobats, water sellers or snake charmers. But it is at night that the square comes more to life with all its food stalls trying to attract as many customers as possible (see my restaurant tips), its dancers, musicians, story-tellers (unfortunately only in Arabic), herborists ... No wonder that Djema El Fna was proclaimed "masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity" by Unesco (the medina is also a Unesco World Heritage site). I read that in the past, most of the Moroccan cities had such a market square but unfortunately, they didn't survive modern life and television. Djema El Fna itself would be a parking now if the authorities hadn't disagreed. This would have been a pity.
Majorelle Gardens belonging to Yves St Laurent, as other fantastic places at Marrakec are hidden by big walls. When you walk past it, you do not suspect that anything so beautiful is hidden inside.
Majorelle Garden is an oasis of calm and cool, fresh air in the heart of the city of Marrakech. The garden was created in the years 1920 by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. It made there plant the rarest essences around a small building Art deco which was used to him as workshop until its death in 1962.
Open from 9 am to Noon, and from 2 PM to 5 PM. (3 PM to 7 PM in the summer)
Marrakesh the Imperial City
"History of Marrakesh"
The first feeling one bas when entering this particular imperial capital is of pure enchantment. We are bewitched-falling under the spell of the place and its people, folk artists to their very souls who have only one aim in view to make a stay in their city as entrancing an expérience as possible. With its world-famous square, Jamaâ El Fna, the beacon city of the Almoravids was founded in about 1070 with a view to controlling traffic from the nearby Atlas. It was from this rudimentary settlement that the earliest conquests were launched. Abou Bakr, head of the Almoravids, undertook the construction of a kasbah, nicknamed the "stone castle" only yards away from the present site of the Koutoubia.
Framed by the snowy heights of the Atlas, with rose-coloured ramparts and a thousand year old palm grove, Marrakesh casts a magic spell. Sumptuous and exuberant, it radiates splendour and mysticism ; at the dye merchants, in the explosion of multicoloured wools ; at Festival time, in the rhythm of the music, in the emotion of the dancers ; in the idle talk of the merchants and in the skill of the jugglers. Enchantment, you feel in the shade of the blue gardens and in the overwhelming perfection of the Koutoubia.
No, just the morrocan djelaba
The biggest mosque in Marrakesh.