Marrakech in Morocco located in North Africa has an old world charm around it. This city is resplendent with medieval styled bazaars, public squares and palaces. The noisy, dusty and busy environment of this Saharan city is reminiscent of the middle ages.
The major attractions of Marrakech are:
The walls of Medina
Spread along 12 miles, this 13th century wall still stands with its beautifully ornate gates. This is a perfect place for a leisurely walk. Do not miss the Bab Ed Debbagh gate, which leads to the tanneries of the city.
Djemma el Fna
Located at the heart of the old quarter of the city, this city square is bustling with activities throughout the day. You will see musicians, snake charmers and jugglers entertaining crowds. There are a number of stalls and café, where you can enjoy a glass of date or orange juice.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the Majorelle Gardens. Adorned with different types of flowers and plants and a fish tank, this colorful garden was designed by French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle is the 1920s. Currently this is the property of famous designer Yves Saint Laurent. The bright blue and yellow colored Museum of Islamic Art, built in the garden, is a center of beautiful Moroccan artworks.
Built by the Saadian dynasty during the 16th and 17th century as the resting ground of the members of the family, this site was rediscovered in 1917. The tombs have been restored and the site is currently a popular tourist destination. The site is open to visitors on all days, save Tuesday.
Museum and Palaces of Moroccan Arts
Palais Dar Si Said is a beautiful palace that has been converted to a museum. Here you will find stunning Moroccan artifacts, including traditional dresses, jewelries and daggers. The El Bahia Palace provides a glimpse of the life of the royals of the country.
You should take a local guide to lead you to the souqs of the city located in its narrow meandering alleys. Here you will discover lovely shops selling every possible article you can ask for. Hone your bargaining skills and pick up the beautiful carpets, jewelries, and spices. The market located to the north of Djemma el Fna is divided into different zones dedicated to a specific type of commodity.