Morocco is an enchanting land filled with exotic foods and lifestyles. The country has a welcoming attitude towards visitors and is eager to share their country with them. As such many fine services for tourists are on the rise. Luxury villas in Marrakech offer extremely good value, the food is excellent and the markets are a bustle of energy.
Often characterized by its rugged and mountainous interior, large tracts of desert and lengthy coast line along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea there are some beautiful tracts of land to see in Morocco. Morocco is the fifth largest economy in Africa and Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco. It is serviced by an international airport as well as a major train station making transportation in and out of the city a breeze.
Marrakech is often nicknamed the ‘Red City’ or ‘Orche City’ because of all the red sandstone that was used to construct the walls and many of the buildings. Ali ibn Yusufin constructed them in 1122-1123 and the city has continued to grow and thrive ever since.
As you are looking for your next culturally enriching vacation, here are some reasons why you need to put Marrakech, Morocco on your map:
The Marrakech Souks and Market
This bustling market is one of the best things about Marrakech. Here hundreds of locals and tourists alike go to buy and sell their wares. You can find everything from jewelry, craftsand ornaments to beautiful carpets. We can all help play a role in eliminating the sale and trade of endangered wildlife. Please do not buy any animal products that you believe to be illegal. This is still an ongoing problem in Africa. This aspect aside, there is so much to enjoy about this market and it defines Marrakech.
Museum de Marrakech
Even if you are not a huge museum lover put this place on your list of places to visit. The architecture of the building alone makes going here worth it. The building used to be the mansion of the royal chamberlain Sidi Said’s. Now it houses a prominent collection of carved doors, musical instruments, daggers and strange kitchen tools. Some of Morocco’s finest art collections are on display here. There are several museums scattered throughout the city but if you only have time to choose one choosing the Museum de Marrakech is high on the list.
Stay in Amazing Accommodation
With the country’s openness and encouragement to welcoming tourists there has been some spectacular places to stay and services put in place to help them feel comfortable. For many visitors the value of their dollar will stretch far in Morocco making the extra splurge for a few nicer things all the better value. Especially if you are traveling with a group of friends or as a family splitting the cost of nicer accommodation can break down quite nicely between a group. Even for well-seasoned travelers, full days out in the streets of Morocco can be taxing. Having a nice place to retreat to each evening will only make your vacation all the more enjoyable.
Go to a Traditional Hamman
A Hamman is a very significant part of Moroccan life. Usually once a week, this is the place were Moroccan’s go to bath and cleanse themselves until their skin glows. If you also enjoy steam baths or saunas then you will love going to a Hamman. Many of them also offer massages and body treatments with essential oils and fragrant perfumes. If at all possible, try to experience going to a Hamman at least once and get a first-hand take on this part of their culture.
Go to Djemaa el Fna
This popular city square is the place to go at night. The place just comes alive with story tellers, fortune tellers, dancers, musicians and all sorts of street performers. Locals flock to the square and tourists from all over the world make a point of going there. During the day time it is still a good place to look for souvenirs, but at night, that is when this square is at its best. So be sure to get down there at least one evening of your stay.
Visit the Saadian Tombs
These tombs are one of the most popular attractions in all of Morocco. These tombs are grandly decorated with vibrant tiles, Arabic scripts and intricate carvings. They have been restored and as visitors wander around they can gaze up at the magnificent arched ceilings along with marble and mosaic carvings. This is a place rich in history.
Enjoy Moroccan Foods
Moroccan food is practically an art form in and of itself. Dishes are brightly colored with spices and fresh herbs are a staple in nearly every kitchen. Hearty meat and fish dishes will fill you and sustain your energy for a full day of walking the streets. Enticing and unavoidable pastries and sweets will tempt you at nearly every corner. Moroccan food is made to be relished and enjoyed. Moroccan’s are proud of their culinary wonders and eager to share them with visitors. Marrakech does a good job of catering to all the different types of tourists.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is also a must visit spot during your stay. There is a variety of old buildings and architecture here. Visitors can enjoy blissfully wandering the streets. Don’t miss the photo opportunities available here.
As you plan your next vacation destination, make sure you keep Marrakech, Morocco at the top of that list for all the splendid culture-al experiences it offers its visitors.