Parking in Marrakesh
This is the best parking i got in marrakesh so far. they dont have people trying to cheat you with the price you pay, cos the price is listed on the big sign. you just drive in with your car, take the paper out of the machine and go inside this protected area, open sky, where you have a guy inside this little toll house to receive the money when you go out. this costs 20dh per night. its just 5 minutes walking from jma el fna square.
IBN TACHFINE street
Marrakech - the Pink City
Marrakech is a big, exotic city. There is the old city, centred on el Djemaa el Fna, and surrounded by walls, and the new city, centred on Gueliz, where the train and bus stations and most of the hotels are. You can stay in the old city in a riad, but they tend to be over-priced for what they offer. If you stay in a hotel in Gueliz, however, you will have to travel back and forth by taxi to the Medina, where most of the city's attractions are. And the taxi drivers in Marrakech can really try your patience. They all have meters, but will almost never agree to switch them on for a foreigner. When I pointed to the meter, one of them said, "That's for local people." They will ask you for two or three times the normal fare instead.
If you are prepared for the fact that Marrakechis have hundreds of years' experience of relieving foreign visitors of their money and know 101 different ways of doing it, you can begin to relax and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of "The Pink City".
Marrakech was founded in 1062 by Yousesef ben Tachfine, the first leader of the Almoravid dynasty, who conquered southern Spain. His son, Ali ben Youssef brought in architects and craftsmen from Cordoba to build a great capital city. In 1126 the walls around the city were built and then, between 1150 and 1199, the Koutoubia. In the 16th century the Saadians made it their capital and the Saadian Tombs remain from this period.
Marrakech- Home to great Orange Juice
"Orange Juice Heaven"
Marrakech is the southernmost of Morocco's Imperial cities. It is the newest and cleanest of all of the cities in Morocco, as well as the most modernized. There are party clubs, a modern medina, and not too much visual history in my own opinion. It's still worth a stop though. Here is your history lesson for the day.
Marrakesh was founded by the Berber leader, Youssef BEN TACHFINE who came from the desert with his tribe, Sanhaja. "Al moravides", Tachfin's fellows' main aim was to introduce Islam to the region. According to the historian and author of Roudh Al Qirats, Youssef BEN TACHAFIN was one of the greatest and most vertuous kings that had ever ruled the country at that time. BEN TACHAFIN didn't have any idea about how the Maghreb or Andalousia may look like, he gave Marrakesh a Saharian aspect which was inspired from the region he was born in. His first edifices were a glorious mosque, his mother's residence and Dar El Hajar Casbah. Marrakesh was lucky enough to serve as a capital city for numerous Moroccan dynasties, namely Almoravides, Almohades and Saadians whose contributions to the city can still be seen in the medina, the old part of the city. Marrakesh, like its most counterparts in Morocco, is a dramatic contrast : The modern city is surrounded with beautiful gardens like the one designed by Majorelle in the North, and MENARA gardens in the South. The Medina, old part of the city, is one of the most fascinating sites in the country. It is possible to visit the medina and its historical WALLS by car but it will be more exciting if you do it on foot. The first place to visit is JAMMA LFNA which is a real theatre attractive enough to lure your eyes.
As in all Moroccan cities, Mosques are forbidden for non muslims. However, there are so many interesting sites to visit in the South of the Medina. Not least, AL BADII palace, AL BAHIA palace and DAR SI SAID where the museum of Moroccan art is located. More sites to visit are the SAADIANS mausoleum, the KOUTOUBIA tower, "Eiffel Tower" of Marrakesh. It tells a lot about the glory of Almoravides era. BEN YOUSSEF medrassa is a mile stone in the development of scientific research at that time. Marrakesh is a place that offers something for every one.
Marrakech, one of the World Wonders!
"An introduction on the town!"
Marrakech or Marrakesh (both: märä'kĕsh, mə–) , city (1994 pop. 672,478), W central Morocco. The city, renowned for leather goods, is one of the principal commercial centers of Morocco and a major tourist center. It was founded (1062) by the Almoravid leader Yusuf ibn Tashfin and was the capital of Morocco from then until 1147 and again from 1550 to 1660. It was captured by the French in 1912.
Beautifully situated near the Atlas Mts., Marrakech has extensive gardens, ruins of a 16th-century palace, a former palace of the sultan that is now a museum of Moroccan art, and a royal necropolis (16th–18th cent.). The 253-ft (77-m) minaret (completed 1195) of the Koutoubia mosque dominates the city. The Université Ben Youssef, a center of Islamic studies, and a public university are in Marrakech.
Marrakech (مراكش marrākiš), or Marrakesh known as the "Pearl of the South," is a city in southwestern Morocco in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is a Berber word; it could mean the country of God (murt 'n akush), but this is unproven as there are many other interpretations . Marrakech is located at 31°37′60″N, 8°0′0″W Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also hosts the busiest square in the entire continent of Africa, called Djemaa el Fna.
Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech has two main divisions: the old city (médina) and the modern city.
Marrakech is served by Ménara International Airport.
"Marrakech, the sites;"
Areas and neighborhoods
Mosques, medrassas, synagogues and zaouias
Ben Youssef Medrassa, Ben Youssef Mosque
Casbah Mosque/Mansouria Mosque
Bab Doukkala Mosque
Zaouia of Sidi Bel Abbès, Zaouia of Sidi Ben Slimane el Jazouli
Zaouia of Sidi Youssef Ben Âli
Sidi Moulay el Ksour Mosque
Synagogue Salat el Azama
Synagogue Salat Rabi Pinhasse
Palaces, dars and villas
El Badi Palace
Royal Palace (Dar el Makhzen) and méchouars
Dar Si Saïd Museum
Dar el Glaoui
Villa Majorelle at the Majorelle Garden
Cemeteries, koubbas and mausolea
Saadian Tombs.Saadian Tombs
Mausoleum of Ahmed el-Mansour
Koubba of Fatima Zohra and Koutoubia Mosque cemetery
Koubba el Baâdiyin
Koubba Cadi Ayyad
Sidi Abd el Aziz
Sidi es Souheyli
Handicrafts and business
Selling of carpets in the souks of Marrakech.Souks
Souk Kimakhin (stringed instruments)
Souk el Bradiia (pitchers)
Souk Hadaddine (metalwork)
Souk Nahhassine (brass, copper)
Souk Chouari (basketry, woodturning)
Dyers' Souk, Wool Souk
Souk Smarine (clothing)
Rahba Quedima ("Old Square")
Souk el Kebir (leatherwork)
Souk el Batna (skins)
Souk el Maazi (goatskin)
Souk Zrabia (Criée Berbère, Carpet Souk)
Souk Siyyaghin (jewelry)
Souk Smata (slippers, belts)
Souk aux tenturiers
Tanneries of Marrakech.Tanneries
Hôtel la Mamounia
Dar Si Saïd Museum
Bert Flint Museum at Maison Tiskiwin
Islamic Art Museum at the Majorelle Garden
Ramparts and gates
Bab el Khémis
Bab er Robb
Bab el Jédid
Bab er Raha
Bab ech Charia
Bab el Makhzen
Bab er Rharaza
Places and squares
Djemaa el Fna in the evening.Place Djemaâ el Fna
Square Charles de Foucauld
Place de la Liberté
Place du 16 Novembre
Place des Ferblantiers
Place Youssef Ben Tachfine
Gardens and parks
Ménara Garden and olive grove
Koutoubia Mosque park at Square de Foucauld
Chrob ou Chouf Fountain
Convention Center (Palais des Congres)
Cadi Ayyad University
"Demographics and Hitory!"
Main article: Demographics of Morocco
The official number of residents is 450,000; however, the population is estimated to be around one million. The largest part of the population of Marrakech is of Berber origin.
Main article: History of Morocco
Yusuf ibn Tashfin, member of the Almoravides dynasty, founded the city in 1062.
Prior to the reign of Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty, Marrakech was the capital of Morocco. After his reign, his grandson moved the capital back to Marrakech from Meknès.
Does anyone have any comments on the Hotel Tachfine in Marrakesh? We were thinking we'd like to spend our first couple of nights in Morocco just outside of the Medina to get oriented without being overwhelmed, but still in an area with character. This seems well located and not badly priced, but I can't seem to find any comments from anyone who's actually stayed there. Anybody?