Marrakech

1001 Nights

Marrakech - The pearl of the South

Morocco’s red and pearly city; where different types of entertainment are provided. Whether you’re interested in the alluring landscapes of the outskirts, or you’re a history buff interested in its culture and ancient heritage.

Marrakech remains as the ultimate choice for those who are keen on discovering true Moroccan culture. What’s more alluring, is the square in Marrakech’s center. Jemaa-El-Fna is an all-time favorite. Foreigners take a liking to this square, mainly due to its extravagant display of food-stalls and huddled people, gathered to watch acrobats, storytellers, and snake charmers do what they do best - entertain.

Foodies will also delight in Marrakech’s cuisine. With its mix of authentic and modern cuisine, gourmands will certainly appreciate Marrakech’s culinary gifts. Mingle with the locals and experience a genuine Moroccan atmosphere. The locals are friendly and hospitable, engaging with them will only ameliorate your experience and make you feel more welcome in Marrakech’s warm hands.

The ancient walls

Identity and modernity.

The historical and contemporary are separated in Marrakech. Ancient walls were built between 1126 and 1127. Made of Tabia, wooden planks, and metal poles. They boast a gorgeous appeal, with many untold stories. 

This border between old and new was built by tAli Ben Youssef, it was built during his reign. Considering that Ali’s father was the founder of Marrakech, he had enough authority.

The Medina & Souks

Marrakech’s daily souks

The souk culture in Morocco is vital. Visiting the souk is a necessity for Moroccans; since practically anything can be found at a souk. A big, oftentimes open-air, with items that range from textile and pieces of clothing to apothecary stalls selling old herbal remedies. 

Souks are usually situated in medinas. The older parts of Marrakech have souks, and people from all over the city gather at an aromatic setting to purchase their needs. As a non-Moroccan, your experience will be different, and much more potent.

Jamaa El fna square

Marrakech’s eerie and charming square.

A tourist favourite, Moroccan pride, and emotional rollercoaster. Jemaa-El-Fna is one of Morocco’s greatest prides. The square’s origins date back to harrowing stories about the square’s previous service to its people. Executions were conducted in the square; hence, the name, The Assembly of the Dead.

However sinister a story, Jemaa-El-Fna has transcended into something out of this world, only this time, it had more food, joy, and entertainment. By day, the square is a usual market with your occasional snake charmer and group of acrobats. The evenings are reserved for musicians and carnivals, while the night is a foodie haven. Makeshift restaurants come out of nowhere, and in all of a sudden, you’re surrounded with chatter and aromatic smells.

Riads

Dars, Riads, Moroccan joy buildings.

Riads are common in many Moroccan cities. Places like Fez, Meknes, Essaouira, Rabat, and Marrakech have traditional family houses. Typically, Riads are specially designed to maintain a certain level of privacy between rooms and families.

Riads are usually embellished with Moroccan decorations. These range from colorful tiles and mesmerizing patterns to handwoven cushions and sofas in the living room.

The interior decor of a riad is breathtaking. Once you set your foot inside one, you’ll feel a joyous Moroccan vibe take over you. Foreigners seem to overly appreciate the terraces. The centre of a riad usually has a small fountain surrounded by sunlight given by the lack of a ceiling. Dars (Riads) are typically comprised of two large saloons that face each other. 

Much like oranges, Riads come in different sizes. You’ll find a royal, extravagant, and lavish Riads all over Morocco. As much as small ones that are run as family businesses. Each one has a different appeal and taste, but it’s safe to assume that you’ll be getting the real Moroccan treatment either way.

Agdal Garden

The Agdal Garden - square and ripe.

Dating back to Marrakech earlies days, the Agdal Garden is one of Marrakech’s landmarks that will forever be appreciated. The watering system is sophisticated, and the grown fruits are symbols of fruition and prosperity. 

Inside the garden, you’ll find a vast field that cultivates oranges, lemons, figs, pomegranates, and apricots. The underground well channels keep the orchids hydrated and well-maintained. And much like any precious Moroccan landmark, the authorities have shown special interest in the Agdal Garden

Anima Garden

Franz André Heller is a jack of all trades, and he managed to master them all. André was born in Vienna, Austria, and he delved into literary writings, poetry, amusement parks, music, sculptures, and fiery spectacles - literally.

In order to show how appreciative he is, André awarded Morocco a breathtaking garden - Anima Garden. His latest project was the garden, and he was set on building it from ground zero. He purchased vast barren lands and undertook the opportunity to make something enchanting out of infertile land.

Needless to say, he did an amazing job. The Garden looks amazing, and they’re offering free shuttle services from Marrakech to Anima Garden for ticket holders.

Menara Garden

The Menara Garden is the ultimate choice for a family picnic. Renovated in the mid-19th-century, The Menara Garden has gotten more popular over time, thanks to its inviting and calming atmosphere.

The secret garden

Recently renovated, the Jardin Secret has opened its doors to the public. With captivating origins and history, these gardens date back to the Saadian Dynasty. One of Morocco’s most important political figures was residing within the Jardin Secret. 

You can discover the garden and its buildings more comfortably now that it has been renovated. Islamic Art and architecture play a vital part. In fact, its what shaped it, and made it what it is today. Roaming through the Garden is surely a good idea if you’re interested in green spaces and alluring plants.

Camps

Recently renovated, the Jardin Secret has opened its doors to the public. With captivating origins and history, these gardens date back to the Saadian Dynasty. One of Morocco’s most important political figures was residing within the Jardin Secret. 

You can discover the garden and its buildings more comfortably now that it has been renovated. Islamic Art and architecture play a vital part. In fact, its what shaped it, and made it what it is today. Roaming through the Garden is surely a good idea if you’re interested in green spaces and alluring plants.

Culinary

Early definitions of Morocco

Marrakech now symbolises many different aspects. Those who enjoy the enthralling and ecstatic atmosphere of dance clubs and high-end rooftop bars will appreciate its lively and young appeal. And history buffs who pay meticulous attention to detail will rejoice in Marrakech’s findings and heritage.

In addition to its mesmerising history and clubs, people who are interested in spending a simple night out will also come to the same realisation - Marrakech is the best Moroccan country. Spend your evening exploring Morocco’s former execution square - Jemaa-El-Fna. With a harrowing, and enticing background, Marrakech’s most lively square will make you recognize an authentic Moroccan experience. 

Finding inspiration within its busy pathways is evident. Taste the food and join in the chatter with the crowds as you watch an acrobat entertain his audience. Engage, mingle, and experience the true magic of Marrakech.

Cultural

Koutoubia mosque

Each dynasty left Morocco with a monument that will continue to be revered and appreciated. The Almohad dynasty bestowed the Koutoubia mosque upon Moroccans. And they did not stop there, they went on to establish the Hassan Tower in Rabat, and La Giralda in Seville.

Ben Youssef’s school and display

Established by Sultan Abou El Hassan, the Medrasa was a foundation during the Saadian dynasty. It’s been with us for more than 4 centuries. It is home for students in various subjects and sciences, including theology. Non-Marrakech students were given 132 rooms in terms of housing, and the prayer room is made with marble pillars and fascinating ornaments and Islamic motifs

Marrakech’s medina

The Almoravids period was particularly fruitful. The Medina of Marrakech was founded in the 11thcentury. Since then, it became an economic centre, not to mention political, and cultural. 

The prosperous future of the medina was expected since it was built. Yacoub El Mansour, along with his brother Yacoub Youssef, were essential to the medina and its construction. And due to its prominence, other medinas were inspired by Marrakech’s medina.

The extravagant palace

Bahia, translating to extravagant, was the residence of the Grand Vizier Sultan Ahmed Ben Moussa. He had tremendous power in the Cherifian Kingdom. 

The Bahia palace tends to captivate everyone who enters its halls. You’ll hear stories about its history and heritage that’ll leave you feeling beautiful awe.

Jewish Heritage

Marrakech the magic

Marrakech , is the second oldest imperial city known as the « Pearl of the South »
It is truly the city of entertainment in Morocco. In the center of Marrakech is a square, Djemaa el Fna, which is the operating point for entertainers such as acrobats, drummers, dancers, pipe musicians, comedians and storytellers. There's plenty of choice for meals, including the Djemaa el Fna food stalls, many inexpensive cafe-restaurants and a number of up-market palace-restaurants that offer Morocco's traditional cuisine at its very best

Marrakech el mellah

The Jews of Marrakech were a huge financial resource to Morocco. During the 50s, a separate Jewish quarter was created. The Saadien sugar trade was mostly controlled by the Jewish community. They had their gardens, souks, synagogues, and fountains. But, most of Marrakeshi Jews left Marrakech for Casablanca or immigrated to Israel or France. There’s a synagogue which is still active today, next to a Jewish cemetery - the Mihaara.

Tzaddik tomb

Passed away 500 hundred years ago, Rabbi Shlomo ben Hensh is the Tzaddik. Although with the lord for a long time, the Tzaddik is still revered by the Jewish community worldwide. El Fassie has devoted his life to guarding a tomb in which the Tzaddik lies. 

Jews from all around the world; America, Israel, Germany visit the Tzaddik and his devotee to ask for blessings and spiritual guidance. 

Most North African Berbers were Jewish before the Arab conquest. The Ourika region had Jewish schools, Synagogues, they hosted bar mitzvahs, and had rabbis to perform circumcisions. 300 Berber families, 1300 years ago, lived with Jewish belief. To this day, they’re still commemorated and remembered. The Tzaddik and his devoted guardian were both of Berber descent, and they’re still revered to this day.

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