Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Marrakesh! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Marrakesh’s most important sights.
1. JEMAA EL FNA
Complete with snake charmers, fire eaters and storytellers, this fascinating marketplace never fails to astonish visitors.
2. MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEF
The most beautiful Koran school in Morocco! Step inside and delve deep into the magnificent world of Islamic Maghreb architecture.
3. JARDIN MAJORELLE & MUSÉE D’ART ISLAMIQUE
The blue hue that fills the Jardin Majorelle is magical: it glows even when it’s pouring with rain. The small Islamic museum contains Yves Saint Laurent’s private collection.
4. PALAIS DE LA BAHIA
This large, well preserved 19th century palace has all the key elements of Islamic architecture: ornamentation, fountains, shafts of light and tree-filled courtyards.
All of the stalls in the bazaar’s covered shopping streets are miniature treasure troves that look as if they were set up by Aladdin himself.
6. TOMBEAUX SAADIENS
The Saadian Tombs, a magnificent tour de force of 17th century architecture, are the absolute highlight of the original (and fantastically beautiful) Kasbah quarter.
7. MOSQUÉE DE LA KOUTOUBIA
Impressive and famous: the minaret on the first mosque in Marrakesh is both the religious and architectural centre of the city.
8. LA MAMOUNIA
Stars and royalty come to stay at this legendary Art Deco hotel. Even a short visit to one of its restaurants or the spa will make you feel just like one of them.
9. MUSÉE DE MARRAKESH
This 19th century palace is a textbook example of Moorish architecture that enchants each and every visitor. It also holds some great exhibitions.
The New Town is a smorgasbord of hip spots, galleries and chic boutiques. Don’t miss visiting the area if you want to discover the new face of Marrakesh!
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