Marrakesh – also known as “The Red City” is one of Morocco’s most popular and most beautiful cities. It is the largest city in North Africa for wildlife trade, and possibly the city with the most stunning architecture. If you are traveling to Marrakesh, make sure not to miss out on these five things.
1. Jemaa el-Fna
Derb Chtouka, 40008
Jemaa el-Fna is the central market place in the old part of Marrakesh. Here you can find the most delicious and authentic food, sold in food stalls – but you can also buy the famous glass lanterns here, typical sweets, or souvenirs. Especially if you come here in the evening, musicians and storytellers gather large crowds.
2. Rahba Kedima Square
Rahba Kedima, 40008
The Rahba Kedima square is a must-see. The square is surrounded by food places, traditional spice shops, cosmetic stores, and apothecaries where you can find the weirdest and strangest looking medicines and herbs you have ever seen. In its centre, women are weaving traditional baskets and selling them for cheap.
3. Koutoubia Mosque
Medina Jamaa El Fenna, 40000
This “Mosque of the booksellers” is the largest in Marrakesh and hence a definite tourist attraction. Its minaret is a stunning 77 meters high and located right next to Jemaa el-Fna. If you travel to Marrakesh but don’t end up visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, you will have missed out on the landmark of Marrakesh.
4. Medersa Ben Youssef
Kaat Benahid, 40000
Medersa Ben Youssef used to be an Islamic college and is one of the most impressive buildings in Marrakesh. Especially its courtyard – with its fountain and pool – is an architectural masterpiece.
5. Le Jardin Secret
184 Rue Mouassine, 40000
Le Jardin Secret is a beautiful palace with a hidden garden. The whole complex is a timeless masterwork – its architecture and carefully laid out construction is one of the most beautiful and admirable in Marrakesh, if not in all of Morocco.