See one of the most impressive sights of Marrakech, the Koutoubia. It is one of the largest, most beautiful mosques in the western Muslim world. It’s 225 feet high minaret is a Hispano-Moorish masterpiece that is very similar to the Giralda of Seville. Admire one of the Marrakech’s most beautiful buildings of the 14th century, the Medersa Ben Youssef. It is the largest Koranic university in the Maghreb. Moorish Spain influenced its decor, a combination of stucco, mosaic, marble and cedar wood.
Dar Si Saïd Museum is a 19th-century palace, Alawi style which is today the Moroccan Museum of Art Marrakech. He holds a variety of Moroccan handicrafts from the south such as furniture, rugs, weapons, pottery, costumes and jewellery. In particular, you will notice the Hispano-Moorish reception room on the upper floor which has a magnificent cedar wood table and bride chair. El Bahia Palace was built in the late 19th century in a two-acre garden.
It is a random arrangement of luxury secret apartments opening onto indoor courtyards. For seven years, around a thousand craftsmen from the region of Fez worked on the palace. The only sections open to the public are the Sultan’s favourite concubine apartments, the Council Chamber (with tiled walls and luminous cedar wood ceiling) and the large central courtyard (marble paved and decorated with zelliges and fountains).
The Saadian tombs with their delicate decorations and pure architectural lines are considered by many to be a great feat of architecture. They were first built to house the tombs of the Sultan Saadian, Ahmed El Mansour. In 1591, the first “Koubba” of this cemetery was built south of the Casbah. Covering an area of 250 acres, they are full of olive trees surrounding a large central lake that dates back to the 12th century and is fed by a network of irrigation canals.
To better Discover Marrakech, enter a maze of narrow streets in the world of souks. Protected from the sun by grating awnings, you will find a variety of neighbourhoods established by artisans, according to a structured system of society. There are souks of baskets, dried fruits, spices, clothes, wool, skins, Berber rugs, leather work, metal work, jewellery and more! Some souks of the note include the street of the souk Smarine which leads to the place Rahba Kedima, where the slave market was once held (there remains an important commercial site).
Then you can visit Djemaa el Fna. This traditional meeting place for the peasants and traders of the region under, the High Atlas and the South became the heart of Marrakech. In the morning, this large square is packed with fruits and spices sellers, Gomez with their water leather bottles and metal goblets, shopping cart, hardware and barbers. In the afternoon come to the Gnaoua dancers descend from the former Guinean slaves, musicians, storytellers, snake charmers and artists to the execution of monkeys!