Beautiful and mysterious, Marrakesh has plenty to offer the curious traveller, from admiring the snake charmers on the main square to feasting on exotic cuisines. We invite Avenue Property to introduce the city’s highlights…
Marrakesh is the 4th largest city in Morocco and is one of the most important former imperial cities, built by the Berber empires. The city is found in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is famous for its many red stone buildings. It is also the home of the largest market or souk in Morocco selling everything from traditional Berber carpets to modern electrical items.
When visiting Morocco, remember it is a Muslim country so keep this in mind when choosing your dress style. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and for the women, aim for hemlines that are at least knee-length to show your respect.
One of the must-see locations in Marrakech is the Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square where there is always something to see and something going on. The name means ‘assembly of the dead’ and was used as the place for executions after the city was founded back in 1062. Nowadays the tone is much lighter. You can see snake charmers in the morning, stop at a restaurant for something to eat on an afternoon and listen to the local musicians then join the nightly carnival.
Jardin Majorelle was purchased in 1964 by Yves Saint Laurent and given to the city. It celebrates the original owner landscape painter Jacques Majorelle and is now a public garden. There are over 300 species of plant from all parts of the world to see as well as an art deco studio showcasing the city’s past.
Visiting the Atlas Mountains is a popular experience while visiting the city. Popular spots include Lalla Takerkoust, 27 miles south-west of the city where you can ride a camel, go quad biking or simply enjoy the amazing views. Armed is a base for hiking and is the last stop before attempting Toubkal, the highest peak in the country.
Marrakech offers a great variety of quality, luxury accommodation ranging from hotels right through to larger properties that are ideal if you are travelling with extended family or friends. You could even try a riad, a traditional Moroccan house with a courtyard – there is a number of these available to rent around the city.
Food is very varied and there are plenty of chances to try something authentic and different. You could go for cooked snails or a sheep head if you are adventurous while dishes made with couscous might be more suitable for the cautious diner. For a touch of the homecooked style, visit the Amal Center – this supports and trains local disadvantaged women with restaurant skills and allows visitors to try their creations.
Marrakech has its own airport, the Marrakech-Menara Airport, less than two miles from the city centre. It is an international airport with routes across Europe as well as from around the region. There is also a rail network connecting it to other Moroccan cities while the main road network around the city is well paved. There are plenty of taxis available but make sure you have coins on hand to pay for your fare.