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From the bewildering sights, smells and sounds of the night market in the action-packed Djemaa el-Fna to the maze of souqs, where Berber tribes have traded in narrow alleys for years, it’s easy to get lost in Marrakech. Luckily this fascinating city also provides relaxing riads, soothing spas, steamy hammams, fine dining opportunities and plenty of sugared mint tea to help you find yourself again. With botanic gardens awaiting your discovery in the city beyond the souqs, and the beckoning call of the Atlas Mountains in the distance, Marrakech is so much more than the hectic city of folklore. It’s a city that delights in its varied facets - and you are invited to experience them all.
Djemaa el-Fna – The focal point of the city is this huge square in the medina. Lively at any hour, the square truly comes to life as night falls. This is when open-air food stalls, snake charmers, jugglers, musicians, storytellers, acrobats and a cast of eccentrics all descend. The surrounding restaurants, mosques and souqs ensure there is never a dull moment and always plenty to see.
The Souqs – From the highest quality crafts to the cheapest tourist tat, it’s all here in the souqs – but you must find it first! This maze of alleys can be best navigated on a guided tour initially – they can explain the areas and help you orient yourself. Yet, one of the joys is also simply to wander and get a little lost – you never know what you’ll stumble on.
Ville Nouvelle – Things feel a little more cosmopolitan in the new city. You can find some wonderful restaurants and the delightful Jardin Majorelle here – both offer a welcome respite from the bustle of the medina.
Beyond Marrakech – Treks up the Atlas mountains can be arranged, as can quad bike adventures in the nearby Palm Grove area and camel rides with Berbers in the Zagora dunes.
The Djemma el-Fna cannot but capture your attention, regardless of how many times you pass through it, yet never far away are the tranquil oases provided by the edifices of ancient mosques, madrasas and palaces. The majority of these can only be appreciated from the outside, being closed to non-Muslims, but for a sense of the beauty of Islamic art visit the Jardin Majorelle where, amongst the gorgeous gardens now owned by Yves Saint-Laurent, you can see the Museum of Islamic Art.
You could shop in the souqs for days on end, haggling with traders and watching craftsmen at work fashioning slippers, weaving rugs, dyeing textiles and hammering metals. Make sure leave time, though, to dine in a stylish riad and, perhaps, book yourself onto a cookery course to learn how it’s done. Steam away the smoke and sweat of the city in a hammam, or breathe in the fresh air of the Atlas Mountains on a trek. See how the Berber live on a camel trek in the desert, or see how cosmopolitan Marrakech can be in the cafes and eateries of the modern city.