Things to do in Marrakech
Morocco is known for a lot of things, including its history. This is what makes Marrakech so amazing, because this Moroccan city, also called the ‘Red City’ once enjoyed imperial status. There are plenty of things to do in Marrakech. It has that sublime mix of both modernity and antiquity that you’ve just got to see to believe. The clime can be a bit hot, though, so pack accordingly. Sunscreen and the regional currency in cash is a smart addition to your travel bag.
Best things to do in Marrakech
There’s just so much it gets a bit dizzying sometimes. The market scene is magical. It may be crowded, noisy and bustling but for some reason Marrakech has all this and manages to make it look like something out of a postcard. The sights, sounds and tastes are varied and worthy of being captured in your camera. Head to the Medina north of the Jemaa El Fna. This is the commercial district where the markets called ‘souks’ are set up one after the other in a series of stark ethnicity.
Don’t forget to check out the Koubba El-Badiyin. You’ll be surprised to see it has its own fencing and is sunk many meters below street level. The founders of Marrakech have their artistry stamped on this sole surviving structure from the era of the Almoravids.
The most famous symbol here in the Red City is the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque. The traditional Almohad style is behind the design, including the cap of four copper globes. There’s a lot of effort that highlights this symbol. It’s only 77 meters tall, but regional laws have made it clear that no building in the vicinity be built higher than a palm tree. The minaret therefore stands as tall as ever and looks superb against a rising or setting sun.
Marrakech, like the country itself, follows Islam and you’ll see hundreds if not thousands of Islamic influences here. You can even learn some scripture from Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic school, founded in the 14th century.
If there’s a monument that has the most visitors here in Marrakech, it would be the Saadian tombs. On the Kasbah Mosque’s south side, you’ll find a lovely walled garden whose history goes beyond the Saadian era. The graves around the shrubs are unidentifiable, and they’re not your main focus here. Instead look for and learn about the three pavilions built when Ahmed El-Mansour reigned as Saadian sultan.
The art galleries and museums are too numerous to detail here. Check out the ones that appeal most to you and start exploring. There are four important events held in the city namely The Marrakech Marathon in January, the Dakka Marrakchia Festival in February, National Festival of Popular Arts in July, and Marrakech International Film Festival in December. If you arrive when these events are going on you’ll certainly have made the most of your visit.
You have simply got to try the cuisine here. Head to the local restaurants instead of some high-end hotel, this way you get a taste for the best Moroccan food at low cost and, guess what, it tastes like a million dollars. Dig into the couscous, meat tangine and more.
Marrakech is a paradise for history and travel buffs. Besides, it has its share of modernity too, making the shopping and party scene awesome. What more can be asked of a city that never stops thrilling you with rich diversity everywhere you turn?