Are you wondering if Marrakech is worth a visit?
Morocco is a fascinating mix of Islamic, Arab, African and Berber cultures with the added dash of French culture. The people are very friendly and extremely hospitable. Throw in some pleasant cities, eye-boggling landscapes, colourful people, excellent beaches, good trekking, plenty of interesting shopping and there’s something for everyone.
Marrakech is a uniquely exotic short holiday destination offering an astonishing sensual profusion of colours, aromas, sounds, sights and sensations in a medieval atmosphere. Explore the souks, watch fire eaters and snake charmers in Jemaa-el-Fna, sample incredible food, dine on romantic rooftop restaurants, sip mint tea in elegant colonial-style cafes and generally soak up the atmosphere. Staying in a riad, the traditional Moroccan home with an inner courtyard, is the ideal way to experience the authentic Moroccan way of life without having to give up your creature comforts.
You just have to experience the fantastic atmosphere in “La Place” Jemaa-el-Fna’, a world heritage site, with its vast array of food stalls offering you everything from freshly-pressed orange juice to freshly-cooked brochettes (skewered meat), quite apart from the snake charmers, storytellers, dancers, acrobats, fire-eaters and fortune-tellers. It attracts tourist and locals alike. As dusk falls, over 100 food stalls are set up and clouds of smoke drift over the square as the evening wears on. Wander around until you see something you like, then squeeze onto one of the benches. Bread and fingers are used instead of cutlery and orange juice is brought from one of the many juice stalls.
Surrounding “La Place” are also several restaurants and cafés, some with roof terraces overlooking the goings-on in the square.
Other places to see include the Marjorelle Gardens, Jardin Menara, Jardin Agdal, Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, Saadian Tombs, the Musée de Marrakech, Medersa Ben Youssef (Koranic School) and Museum Dar Si Said.