Located in the south of Morocco, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is one of the country’s most important cities, and an excellent gateway into Africa. Founded by the Almoravids in 1062, it was the empire’s capital and today boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s beauty and hive of activity make it a perfect destination for both visitors who are well acquainted with the Islamic culture, and those who wish to learn more about it.
Take one of our cheap flights to Marrakesh and visit one of the largest souks in Morocco, as well as the stunning Yamaa el Fna square, one of the most extensive and busiest squares in both Africa and the world. This is the heart of the city, where you will be entertained by acrobats, storytellers, street vendors, dancers and musicians, who never cease to amaze passers-by with their animated energy. In the evening, the square is transformed into an enormous open-air restaurant, bursting with places to eat and enjoy the unceasing show that the square and its people put on.
The Medina, or Old Town, is the most emblematic neighbourhood of the city. Surrounded by bastions of red earth, it is home to a labyrinth of alleyways, dotted with palaces, mosques, and markets. The tanner and dyer souk is by far the most interesting of them all, where leather and wool is dyed in enormous stone basins filled with coloured water. The most prominent monuments of the Medina are the Ben Youssef Madrasa mosque, the Kutubia mosque, the Royal Palace, and the Bahia and Dir Si Said palaces.Worthy of mention are the impressive late 16th century Badi Palace ruins, as it was considered a great marvel of the Muslim world in its time.
For the perfect end to your trip, head to the Menara Gardens, one of Marrakesh’s most beautiful parks, which boasts a lake surrounded by olive trees and a view of the Atlas mountains. The Majorelle Botanical Garden houses a charming and colourful Art Deco villa, which belonged to expatriate French artist Jacques Majorell since the 1920s and was reacquired by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s. This complex perfectly symbolises Marrakesh’s status as Morocco’s most international city, which is home to a large community of foreigners who are drawn to its exoticism and beauty. Just as the fabrics soak in the dyers’ souk, you too can soak up the colourful charm of Marrakesh.
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