Marrakech is one of the most exotic destinations in the modern tourist age, and a city with an ancient and spellbinding history. The souk, the medina, palaces, exotic gardens and enchanting old towns make up the city's architectural composition, and lend a lot to the Arabian Nights image that Morocco tends to conjure.
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Marrakech is an inland city in the south west of the country near the Atlas Mountains. The city is fortified and the rusty coloured ramparts are what give Marrakech its 'Red City' nickname.
Jemaa el Fna is said by tourist websites to be the busiest square in the whole of Africa, and is certainly one of Marrakech's main attractions. The square itself is bustling with the abundance of food stalls, entertainers and curiosities.
The Majorelle Garden provides a haven from the hustle-bustle of the city centre, and you will find a number of other idyllic green spaces in Marrakech.
You will find some striking flora and fauna here due to Morocco's consistently hot summers and a climate which is not overly arid. Marrakech is far from a desert landscape, with spaces like the Majorelle Gardens complemented by Menara Gardens which sit at the gates of the city.Temperatures in the height of the summer months can be very hot for European tourists, regularly surpassing 37 degrees - as such, spring and autumn would be the most comfortable times to visit.
The Bahia Palace and the Badi Palace show how much money came to this part of the world in medieval times. The Ben Youssef Madrasa and the mosque of the same name are two cornerstones of the city, and there are many other beautiful mosques throughout Marrakech. The Koutoubia Mosque and its minaret make a wonderful silhouette on Marrakech's skyline as evening begins to descend on the city.
The Medina of Marrakech and the city's souks help to cultivate its evocative image. Marrakech Souk and the souks (marketplaces) such as Smata and Cherratine each have different specialities, whether it be food, leather or general trinkets.
The Tombs of the Seven Saints attract huge numbers of visitors each year as a popular Islamic pilgrimage, and the Saadian Tombs are also an important part of the city's heritage.
Museums such as the Maison de la Photographie and the Museum of Moroccan Arts showcase the artistic and creative side of the city - an aspect of Marrakech that has attracted adventurous westerners for generations.
Marrakech is making a concerted attempt to increase tourism over the next few years, and the city will always have a romantic magnetism for foreign visitors.
Last updated: 3 February 2015
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