The Medina of Marrakech, Morocco
Founded in the 11th century, Marrakech has long been an important centre for commerce and politics in North Africa and its influence is still felt throughout the western Muslim world. The city is home to some impressive monuments dating from the time of its foundation; the Kasbah, the Koutoubiya Mosque as well as more modern architecture, such as the Saadian Tombs and the Ben Youssef Madrasa.
Walking through the streets of the Medina (Old Town) of Marrakech you could be forgiven for thinking you have traveled back in time or stumbled into a movie set. The alleyways and souks are as enchanting and intoxicating...
Located in the Medina are the riad's, ancient palaces and private residences that once belonged to Sultan princes and noble families now transformed into luxury guest houses and boutique hotels. A stay in a riad is to experience true Moroccan luxury and hospitality.
Best for: culture vultures, romance, honeymoons.