Marrakesh

Marrakesh is a major city in the northwest African country of Morocco. The city offers several historical and architectural sites as well as some interesting museums. In the past, various buildings were constructed in red sandstone, have given the city the nickname of the “Red City”. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic centre and tourist destination. From the city you are also able to see the Atlas Mountains, a mountain range across the northwestern of Africa. In winter the top of the mountains is covered with snow.

The Medina district is the historical city of Marrakesh. It’s full of narrow passageways and local shops. The main square, Djemaa El-Fna, is one of the most famous places of Africa, which is located in the heart of the Medina district. It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. On the square you will discover a food market as well some musicians and dancers. And at night the square really comes to life!

The Souks are the famous markets of Marrakesh, having around 18 souks all over the city. The biggest one is close to the Djemaa El-Fna square. You can buy plenty of things, such as spices for the kitchen, pottery, carpets, traditional shoes called “babouches” and leather bags.

The Koutoubia Mosque, right besides the Djemma El-Fna square, is worth a visit. It is the largest mosque in the city. Even if non-Muslim are not allowed to enter the building, the mosque is a beautiful architectural site that can be admired from the outside. The minaret of Koutoubia can be seen from almost every roof of Marrakesh.

The Palmeraie is the “green oasis” on the outskirts of Marrakesh, having over 180’000 palm trees, as well some orange, fig, pomegranate and olive trees. A lot of hotels are located in this area. It is also a perfect place to have walk or doing a camel ride.

 

 

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