Wilaya de Marrakech Things to Do

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Wilaya de Marrakech Things to Do

  • Djamaa El Fna - Square

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    To describe what is on this place and what is special is to best explain what there is and isnt on this square and its hard to imagine something which isnt there at some point of the day... food stalls selling you everything from fresh juices to bbq to cooked snails and hot sweet mint tea..... to hundreds of musicians, performers and story tellers....

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  • Majorelle Gardens

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Majorelle Gardens were donated to Marrakech by Yves Sant-Laurent. Yves has a phallic pink memorial in the gardens. Although Morocco is a relatively liberal Islamic country, it's still slightly odd to wander the former home of such an overtly gay celebrity. In the souks a shopkeeper was trying to sell me a pouf - "it is a pouf not a poof - we don't...

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  • Souks

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Deep inside the souks you can find a small square open up and draw you inside with its sound and colours. This is the spice market. In the centre of the square you will find the itinerant vendors, whose wares change by the day - woven baskets, wood carvings and all kinds of goods for tourists. But around the edges of the square are the permanent...

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  • El Bahia Palace

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The royal Bahia Palace was built to impress. It was intended to be the finest building in the world, and took a legion of master craftsmen shipped in from Fez 15 years to complete. It consists of 160 rooms, each one of which is decorated to the highest degree in marble tadelakt plaster, zellige terracotta tiles and polished cedar ceilings - all...

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  • El Badi Palace

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    At 10 dirhams for entry this is a must place for a visit.Once inside the palace you enter a peaceful retreat from the way of life outside.The only sound that we heard was the click click from the many storks that live around the palace walls.It is worth going up to the terrace from which you get nice views of Marrakech as well as getting an idea of...

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  • Medina

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Judaism arrived in Morocco before Islam, around 70AD and was the most successful of the monotheistic religions, converting many a Berber to the faith. The Jewish population in the country swelled further in the 15th century, when Sephardic Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition were given refuge here. The creation of Israel and the growing tensions...

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  • Koutoubia Minaret & Koutoubia Gardens

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    At 77 meters, the Koutoubia mosque is the most prominent sight in Marrakech, and its tallest building. Nothing in the city is allowed to be built higher than this mosque, not even the Royal Palace. It was completed in the 12th century by the Almohad Caliph, Yaqub al-Mansur. At the time the Almohad empire was at its peak, with territory stretching...

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  • Saadian Tombs

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    These tombs, discovered in 1917, date back to the 17th century and belong to the Sultan of Morocco, his family and entourage. On their own the tombs are quite plain - there is a deliberate modesty to them. In fact the grave markers are so ordinary you can only really tell the difference between a king and a servant from its position. With the...

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  • Hamman - Spa

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    This really is an amazing spa, the building is beautiful! The hammam and massage were very good too. Make sure you have time on your hands and make the most of relaxing in the luxury surroundings. We had the 45 minute hammam and 1 hour massage package, which we felt was very good value for money based on home prices, considering how nice the spa...

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  • Mederssa Ben Youssef

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    As you approach the Madrasa through Marrakech's dusty streets there's not much to suggest what you will find behind its plain wooden doors. Maybe the ornately tiled series of horseshoe arches across the street will give you a hint - they aren't that common in the city. Once inside you will find yourself in what was once the biggest Islamic school...

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  • Marrakech Museum

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The building itself is the main reason for visiting this beautiful museum, a former 19th century palace. The exhibits including some contemporary art are worthwhile, but the tile work and general decor are spectacular. Buy a combined ticket to the museum, Medersa, and ruined mosque to get a reduced fee. There is a small cafe for reasonably priced...

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  • Tanneries

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Before I went I read 'Although the tanneries in Marrakech are not as well known as those in Fez, you'll still find enough to keep your attention for hours.' This was sadly not to be my experience and I am sure the majority of independent travellers have similar experiences to mine! This tip is not going to tell you about how the same methods,...

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  • Dyers District

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    After a pleasant time spent learning about the dyes and 'dressing up' ;-) (see previous tip!)I tried to explain that I wanted to see the skeins of wool hanging to dry (as I'd seen on post cards/guide books) The boy who'd shown me to this yard appeared and took me across the alley, and through a shop, which led onto a yard, where I found what I was...

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  • Menara Gardens

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The Menara Gardens were built in the 12th century by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min. The name menara derives from the pavillon with its small green pyramid roof (menzeh). The pavilion was built during the 16th century by the Saadi dynasty. It was renovated in 1869 by Sultan Abderrahmane of Morocco, who used to stay here in summertime. The gardens...

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  • Gueliz

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The name Gueliz comes from the Arabic bastardization of the French word "eglise" meaning church. That's the long way of understanding that Gueliz is a colonial construction - a place of wide boulevards, not mazes of alleyways, of plumbing, showers, supermarkets, central heating and a regular supply of electricity. It's the modern part of...

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  • La Mamounia

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    La Mamounia isn't just a hotel - it is a legend approaching mythical status. It is a place of extreme luxury, and has hosted dignitaries as noble as Sir Winston Churchill. It's been the backdrop to many a famous movie, including Hitchcock's The Man who knew too much, as well as being the backdrop to a wedding party for Vladimir Putin's daughter in...

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  • City Wall

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The walls of the Medina in Marrakech, also known as the ramparts, are what lend the city its famous shade of pink. They are made from orange-red clay and chalk, and shimmer red in the heat of a cresting sunset. These behemoths can reach nearly 20 feet in height, and stretch for 19 complete kilometers around the city, maintaining 20 gates and 200...

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  • Oureka Valley

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Doing the Ourika Valley and Quad Bikes are a definite must in Marrakech, this way you have fun and enjoy the scenic surroundings around you. Ourika valley with views of the Atlas mountains and Quads with the views of the Palamaraie grove plantations!

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  • The Mellah

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Mellahs are the old Jewish Quarters of Moroccan cities and towns. The Mellah of Marrakesh is located within the city walls, south of the Bahia Palace. This area was established during the 16th century. Jewish and Muslim refugees fled from Spain to seek safety in Morocco in 1942, this area continued to grow, and businesses flourished. During...

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  • Berber Pharmacies

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Argan Oil is a very rare and precious oil which has been used for centuries by the Berber tribes of Morocco and there are dozens of shops and vendors just waiting to sell some to you. NB: Argon oil is not transparent - if you can see through the bottle/oil it is fake. It is good for many uses such as brittle nails, dry hair, aging/dull skin, lips,...

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  • Dar Si Said

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    This ‘dar’ originally was built as a mansion by royal chamberlain Sidi Saýd, a brother of ‘Minister’ Bou Ahmed - who extended the Bahia Palacre- in the 19th century. This ‘dar’ can be considered as a kind of a palace or at least the house of a rich person with a couple of courtyards. Nowadays it houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts with (antique)...

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  • Bab Agnaou

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The entrance to the Kasbah is via Bab Agnou, a twelfth century gate that gave access to the Caliph's residential quarter. The gate comprises of overlapping horseshoe arches carved from local cedar wood, decorated in floral designs at every corner and inscribed with Koranic verses in foliated Kufic letters. It's a fitting gate for someone visiting...

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  • Essaouira

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    There can't be many beaches to compare to Essaouira. At one end a castle in the sand collapses into the frothing blue water, at the other a grand medina sits on rocky outcrop praying each day that the great Atlantic breakers don't breach its seawall defences. In between a beach as sandy as the Sahara curves along the coast, like a bite of ocean...

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  • Kasbah Mosque

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Near the Bab Agnaou gate is the Kasbah Mosque which is known as el-Mansouria. It was named after Sultan Ahmed el Mansour who had it built in 1190 During Moulay Abdullah’s reign it was restored and then again by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah. Similar to the Koutoubia Minaret but not as impressive. The mosque is not open to non Muslims.

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  • Qzadria Square - Place des Ferblantiers

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The Places des Ferblantiers is quite close to the Bahia Palace. Part of it is quite a nice rose garden. The square is known as the tinsmiths square and was originally called Place de Mellah and was part of the old Jewish marketplace. In the market you will see lantern makers in their workshops crafting their products.

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  • Place Djema el Fna

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The Place Djema-El-Fna is a must. An amazing place best visited in evenings after 20.00. You can listen to fairytellers, see performances by acrobats, snakes, monkeys and belliedancers. Many small restaurants are set up in the evening, a good place to enjoy the morrocan soup together with the locals.

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  • Snake Charmers

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    One of the must do things in Marrakech and one of the most careful things you must be ready for ..... The Jemaa D'Fna square is full of people reading your fortune, people walking around with monkeys and various other types of entertainment both during the day and night ...... but the most interesting part is the snake charmers ..... These snakes...

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  • Jardin Majorelle

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    These gardens were created in the 1920's by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and now maintained by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. With dwarf palms, bamboo groves and lily ponds, these gardens are worth a quick visit if you want a break from the chaos of central Marrakesh (no, I've not nicked these words from a travel guide). If you...

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  • Berber Carpets

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    My wife had knowledge that Moroccan hand made carpets were of exceptional quality and would love the chance to buy one. However she was very aware that it would be very easy to purchase a carpet of inferior quality. It was a worry and chances were we would travel Morocco and return home without a carpet. Our morning tour with a local guide took us...

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  • Koubba Ba'Adiyn

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    The Koubba Ba’adiyn was built in 1117 and the only remaining building - part of a mosque - in Marrakech from the Almovarid dynasty. That is why this ‘koubba’ is also called the Almovarid Koubba. It once belonged to a mosque and most probably was used for ablutions before prayer. For centuries it was covered by the many rebuildings of the (new) Ben...

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  • Almoravid Koubba

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Combined with a visit to Ben Youseff Mederssa and the Marrakesh Museum the 50dh ticket also allows admission to this site. The oldest monument in Marrakesh, this restored 12th century koubba, was rediscovered during excavations in 1948. It is considered to be the only surviving intact monument from Marrakeshs' founding dynasty. It was probably...

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  • Place Rabha Kdima

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Place Rhaba Kdima is situated in the middle of the souks. This former slave market is a centre for medicine sellers and healers and is often referred to as Apothecary Square. It is one of the few open areas in this part of the Medina. An interesting way to see this area is as part of a circular walk from Jemaa el Fna to Rhaba Kdima via Souk...

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  • Berber Villages

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    i went on a hiking holiday in the atlas mountains. So i didn t like to do it with a large group from a large tourcompany so i searched for a small local travel agency and I find Abdellah. He s a real local guy (berber) and really a fantastic guide . He arranged the whole tour for 300 euro less then the other travel agencies here in Belgium (and...

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  • Mouassine Fountain

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    This unusual fountain is near the Mouassine Mosque (16th century Saadian) At the beginning of the 20th century, Marrakesh had over 80 fountains, which provided water for the mosques, public baths and orchards. The fountain has 3 sections- 2 are arched and one has a decorative carved wooden canopy- this one is for humans, the other 2 are for...

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  • Maison Tiskiwin

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    This small quirky museum is quite pleasant to wander around. It is the home of a Dutch ex-pat called Bert Flint. (I'm not sure if he is the man in the doorway in the photo below) This old house is still under reconstruction, you can wander around the rooms accompanied by the sound of hammering and drilling! Various rooms have exhibits of Berber...

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  • Zaouia Sidi Bel Abbes

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Zaouias are grave monuments. The Zaouia Sidi Bel Abbes is dedicated to a holy man whose prime concern were the poor and the blind. This is the reason why you will find rather a lot of beggars along the entrance of this Zaouia. The interior can not be visited by non-muslims, but the beautiful courtyard is accessible for everyone. Located in the...

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  • Theatre Royal

    Marrakesh Things to Do

    Located in the modern Gueliz quarter, the Théâtre Royal de Marrakech is really a nice building to see... especially in an area that lacks charm... on the positive side, though this area also lacks the larger crowds of the old town. In this theatre as many as 1200 people can find room for plays - even open air... in the case of an opera being...

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  • Hop on and hop off

    Stops for Marrakech Monumental:1. Office dutourisme2. Hotel Agal3. Theatre Royal3. Palais de Congres5. Hotel Royal Mirage6. Jardin de La Menara7. Av. Mohamed VI (Hotel Le Meridien)8. L'Hivernage (Hotel Andalous)9. Casino de Marrakech (Hotel Imperial Borj)10. Place de la Liberte11. Hotel de ville12. La Koutoubis13. Palais El Badii/ Palais La...

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  • Marrakech II-Place Djemaa El Fnaa during...

    The place, once known as where rebels and thieves were beheaded and then had their heads displayed (fortunately this doesn't happen anymore) is buzzing during the day but really gets going from about 5 in the afternoon when the food stands start to come out and the jugglers, snake charmers and dancers start up.

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  • Marrakech X - Saadien tombs.

    These mausoleums, built here in the late 16th. century are the only remains of the Saadien dynasty that ruled Marrakech and Morocco during 125 years. As this is a major site of Marrakech the visit is made somewhat brief by the vast number of visitors packed into a very small area. Better to go very early in the morning. Cost 10DH for the visit.

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  • Marrakech IX - Jardin Majorelle

    This garden was created by the artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920's. At his death in 1962 it was bought by the couturier Yves St. Laurent, almost entirely replanted and given back it's former splendor. Mainly cactii, but I suppose it depends of the time of year. A very relaxing visit in the shade. 20DH the visit and a further 15 DH to visit the...

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  • Marrakech VIII - The tanneries.

    If you have a strong stomach you can do this as the smell can be overpowering, from the different acids, pigeon dung and the scrapings of the hides that are laying about. This is a tip that you can take or leave as I didn't like the whole area around the tanneries. Too many touts and this looks to be one of the dodgy areas of Marrakech. Loads of...

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  • Marrakech IV-Souks and streets.

    After having your appetite opened and perhaps slaked at one of the many orange juice stands a little digestive walk through the souks and streets is called for.

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  • Marrakech III-Djemaa El Fnaa at night.

    During the day it is already a feast for the eyes but in the evening the hustle and bustle,sights and smells are really something.

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  • Visit Marrakech.

    A real wondrous eye-opener, just walking about taking in the colours and sounds. Hours to spend in the souks haggling with the vendors. Even trying to keep the touts off your back is good for a laugh. The place Djemaa El Fnaa in the evening is like nothing you've ever seen, so much bustle, noise and colour. Be warned about taking photos on the...

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