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Visiting Marrakesh, Morocco

June 8, 2013

Morocco

Marrakesh (or Marrakech) is the most important of the four former imperial cities in the history of Morocco. The city established itself as a large trading center for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africans.

If you would like to learn more about the culture and history of Marrakesh, you can visit one of the many museums in this exciting city. The Museum of Islamic Art (painted in Majorelle blue, at the Majorelle Garden on Av Yacoub el Mansour) was once the home of the landscape painter, Jacques Majorelle.  The garden is laid out with pathways, pools with lilies, palms and bamboo.

The Jemaa el-Fnaa is one of the busiest market squares in all of Africa and well-known across the continent. The ambiance at the square is amazing. Negotiators, musicians, camels and donkeys can be heard from far. The market offers domestic items, spices, foods, animal forage, carpets, pottery, beautiful robes, kaftans and other Arabian clothes. Musicians, dentists, magicians, pickpockets, acrobats, snake charmers, entertainers and monkey trainers populate the square.

market in morocco

The Jemaa el-Fnaa is also one of the hottest places to visit at night. You can enjoy a meal in one of the caidal tents while watching belly dancers and getting mesmerised by traditional Moroccan music.

Marrakesh offers Ibiza-style discos to belly dancing venues. For great cocktails, mint teas or aperitifs, visit the Café Arabe at 184 rue Mouassine, Medina, Marrakesh. The sofas on the roof terrace inspire nights on cocktails and provide romantic views of the mountains.

The Le Salama at 40 Rue des Banque, is definitely the most exciting club to visit in Marrakesh and popular with dancers, drinkers and diners. You will absolutely love the party atmosphere, the Moroccan lanterns, mirrored walls and woodwork of this club. The Le Salama offers a magnificent view of the Atlas Mountains.

During day time, you can explore Marrakesh by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the souks in the area of the Medina north of the Jemaa El Fnaa or the ancient Saadian Tombs on the south side of the Kasbah Mosque. Marrakesh has a lot to offer and is by far one of the most exciting places to visit in Africa.

 

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