IF YOU'RE THINKING OF VISITING MARRAKECH HERE ARE THE BEST PLACES THAT DESERVE TO BE VISITED


    If you're thinking of visiting Marrakech here are the best places
     that deserve to be  visited

    Marrakech is one of the most beautiful and wonderful city in Morrocco not just for it's historical monuments and it's red building but also there are a lot of amazing places that deserve to be visited on your holiday if you're thinking of visiting Marrakech so let's start our trip .....

    AL  KOUTOUBIA

    Sultan Abdel Moumen started building the mosque in 1150 shortly after conquering the city, but he didn’t live long enough to complete the minaret; that honor fell to his grandson, Sultan Yacoub el-Mansour (1184–99). El-Mansour also constructed the Tour Hassan in Rabat and though it was never completed, this and the Koutoubia served as inspiration for the Giralda in Seville, Spain, which was a minaret before being converted into a cathedral. 




    JEMAA EL-FNA 

    Is the heart and soul of the old city and one of the liveliest places in Morocco, if not in the world. It is the obvious starting point for a tour. The area around it is dotted with budget hotels and small restaurants serving all kinds of delicious food. Overlooking the square is the surviving minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque.
    A little further on is the more contemporary Cyber Parc, with efficient public internet booths at its heart. The old and the new cohabit happily in Marrakech. The origin of the name of this most famous of Moroccan squares is lost,
     so much so that over the centuries it has been- come a showcase for popular and traditional culture. The activity starts early, around 9am, when orange juice vendors set up their stalls. Soon after appearing colorful water sellers, along with snake charmers, dancing monkeys and potion sellers. In the late afternoon, the arena in front of the juice stalls becomes busy with the storytellers, reciting old Arab tales, with Gnaoua musicians singing their trance-like songs and acrobats building human pyramids. After the sun goes down the atmosphere becomes even more frenzied with more performers, larger crowds, and music, transvestite belly dancers, passionate storytellers, and comic acts, all
    caught up in the swirling smoke and scents of hundreds of stalls selling excellent street food, from kebabs to a soup of snails. Marrakech trip





       
    OURIKA AND TOUBKAL MOUTAIN Marrakech travel trip

    The Ourika Road leads south of Marrakech to the Ourika Valley, and after 34km (21 miles) is the village of Tnine Ourika, which has a great souk on Mondays. Signposted from the village is La Safranière 
    which offers guided tours of the farm where the purple flowers of the Crocus sativus, which originally came from Kashmir and Nepal, produce excellent saffron.
    From Tnine l’Ourika the Ourika river winds through orchards, gardens and fields, with great views of picturesque douars (tiny pisé villages). At the lovely village of Aghbalou, the road divides in two with the left turn going to Setti Fatma and the right to the ski and trekking resort of Oukaïmeden. Setti Fatma ·  is a pretty village with many opportunities for trekking. The most popular option is the walk to the Seven Waterfalls for a swim and a picnic, but for longer treks contact the Bureau des Guides in the village. Oukaïmeden, 75km (46 miles) south of Marrakech, is Africa’s highest ski station at 2,600m (8,500ft). The season, if there is snow, runs roughly from late December to the end of March and the pistes range from nursery to a black run. There is little in the way of piste grooming so conditions can be rough and skiing off-piste is inadvisable. There are six button lifts and one chair lift – the highest in North Africa, at 3,243 meters – to the top of Jbel Oukaïmeden. A viewpoint with an orientation table is set at the top, with views south to Toubkal and northwards to Mar- Marrakech. There are pre-historic rock engravings along the north side of the plateau. Skis and boots can be hired from the bottom of the piste and a French chalet-style restaurant and guesthouse, Chez Juju is very popular for lunch. For the rest of the year, Oukaïmeden is a good base for walking. 




    MAJORELLE GARDEN. 

    Jacques Majorelle came to Marrakech in 1919 to recover from heart problems and fell in love with the light and the colors. He bought the land in 1924 and designed an exotic botanical garden around his studio. The cactus garden has species from all over the world and looks monumental against the electric blue. Other features are the spectacular bougainvillea and a rustling bamboo forest, interspersed with pools filled with water lilies and lively with frogs. His studio now houses the Berber Museum and its beautiful collection of  Berber jewelry, magnificent carved doors, carpets, arms, musical instruments, costumes and fine textiles all displayed in four thematic rooms. There is also a museum library with reference books on Berber culture. The small boutique sells books, jewelry, and good-quality crafts. 


      

    LA MAMOUNIA  Marrakech travel trip

     is one of the most famous hotels in the world, and, once upon a time, the life and soul of Marrakech. The grounds date back to the 18th century when the Alaouite Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah gave the gardens as a wedding gift to his son, Mamoun, who used them for glamorous parties. La Mamounia opened as a hotel in 1923 – a dazzling example of superior Moroccan craftsmanship and elegant Art Deco design. 
    But you don’t have to stay here to get a hit. Come for afternoon tea and afterward wander around the spectacular gardens. Two-hundred-year-old olives as tall as oak trees tower over immaculate lawns and scented gardens bursting with roses, Barbary figs, Madagascar periwinkles, amaranths, and agaves. Winston Churchill, a regular guest, thought it was ‘the loveliest spot in the whole world.’ There is also an organic vegetable garden with peach, orange, fig and lime trees and everything here is used at the three Michelin-supervised restaurants – ‘L’Italien’, ‘Le Français’ and ‘Le Marocain’. Alternatively, there is a slightly more relaxed ‘Le Pavillon de la Piscine’, which is open for breakfast and lunch.




    SAADIAN TOMBS 

    The descendants of Prophet Mohammed, known as shorfa, had long been buried in the the walled garden here, often in anonymous tombs, and the 16th-century Saadian dynasty chose the same place to bury their own sultans and their families. The day- nasty’s founder, Sultan Mohammed es-Sheikh, was buried here in 1557. Most of the exquisitely decorated koubbas, standing today, were built by his third son, the great conqueror Ahmed el-Mansour, for himself and his immediate family. There are 66 tombs inside and 100 outside in the gardens. Unlike the Badi Palace, which was dismantled by the later sultan Moulay Ismail and his Alaouite successors, the Saa- dian Tombs escaped pilfering out of superstition, though they were blocked up by Moulay Ismail. The tombs were almost forgotten until the French General Lyautey had the area surveyed from the air in 1917, and then cut a new narrow entrance through the wall. The restored Saadian Tombs are now one of the major attractions in town,




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