Our tips to discover one of the most fascinating cities in North Africa
Going to Marrakech means diving into a chaotic world made of vivid colors, good scents and magic atmospheres that make you feel like in the middle of a thousand and one nights. From the frenzy of Jemaa El-Fna square the ocher-colored alleys lead to the maze of the souks, up to the untouched cobalt blue colored oasis of the Jardin Majorelle.
Here you can read the six reasons why you should visit the queen of Morocco.
1. Sunset in the Jemaa el Fna square
This square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and here you'll find everything from jugglers with macaques on a leash to snake charmers, fortune tellers, beggars, storytellers. A large open-air market that turns into a unique show at sunset time with the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque on the landscape. Enjoy this wonder sipping a mint tea on one of the bar terraces near the square.
2. Shopping in the souks
From the Jemaa El Fna square, move to the quieter souk, the Marrakech market located in the city center, in the Medina. Lose yourself in the alleys and hold your camera in your hands because you will find yourself in a universe of a thousand colors and smells. Spices, mirrors, glazed earthenware tajines, rugs, pashminas, huge baskets of dried fruit, wrought iron lanterns. The important thing if you want to buy a good deal is to be ready to negotiate the price.
3. Bahia Palace Architecture
After the souk chaos take a break and relax yourself in the Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan architecture. Walk through its gardens, enjoy the shade of the arcades and admire its 150 rooms decorated with marble, cedar wood and beautiful stuccos.
4. Jardin Majorelle Colors
If you're an Instagram addicted here you find your paradise! The Majorelle Garden was designed in the 1920s-30s by the French painter Jacques Majorelle who created this botanical garden inspired by the Moroccan ones.
You will find yourself in a tropical oasis dotted with cactus plants, palms, fountains, lakes and lotus flowers where the green and cobalt blue of the villa's walls stands out. The villa has been bought by the designer Yves Saint Laurent and his friend Pierre Bergé, who discovered it in 1966.
5. Sleep in a riad
If you go to Marrakech you must experience a stay in a riad. In the city center there are many accommodation of this kind, some of them are basic, some others are modern and with a smart design, sometimes with its own hammam inside. Choose the one you like best and enjoy your relax away from the crowded and chaotic streets of Marrakech. In HostelsClub you can find many nice Riads and most of them offers an incredible value for money!
6. Relax in a hammam
What's better after a day wandering around the dusty and messy streets of Marrakech than taking your well deserved relax break in a typical hammam? You can choose a public one, paying an entry of only three euros and bring everything from flip-flops to soap, or go in one into a riad that is usually much more organized.
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