As I promised I will tell you all about my trip to Marrakesh not in one post,I have sooo much to show and tell that I decided to not overwhelm you I will do more than one post. This one let’s call the introduction the next one is gonna be more personal. So let’s start this journey right away!!
Many know Marrakesh as a bustling cultural hub, rich with historical sites, museums and colorful souks. Locals and visitors alike are especially drawn to the city’s main square, which showcases a nightly maze of dinner stalls, storytellers, musicians, artists and more.
Moroccans and tourists alike would agree that a Morocco trip would be incomplete unless you visit Marrakesh. Imagine a cosmopolitan, yet ancient, city colored in red, with very temperate and healthy weather, located at the foot of the Atlas Montains on a trek. Here you will enjoy colors and light, food and shopping, relaxing and exploring. For many, it is not enough to visit Marrakesh once and come back regularly; many Europeans and Americans, charmed by its unique atmosphere, have moved there permanently and started calling it ‘home.’ There is simply nowhere else in the world like Marrakesh.
The list of things you can do in Marrakesh is endless. If you are interested in visiting some historical landmarks in the red city, here are a few you should not miss:
It is hard to miss this one. Standing at the heart of the city, the KoutoubiaMosque in Marrakesh is one of the most prominent historical sites in Morocco, and was used as a model for a number of mosques and churches around the world, such as the Giralda mosque in Seville.
Visible from most parts of the city, the Koutoubia is the biggest mosque in Marrakesh.
The Koutoubia was built during the 11th century, under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yacoub el-Mansour. After its completion, someone discovered that it was not aligned with Mecca, which resulted in its destruction and rebuilding. You can still see remains of the original mosque behind the reconstructed one. Although the interior of the mosque is off-limits to non-Muslims, you can still visit the beautiful hall and gardens outside the mosque.
Jamaa El Fna
From the Koutoubia mosque, you can walk to Jamaa El Fna, the most famous and vibrant place in Marrakesh. It is an open-air theater where you can enjoy storytellers, palm readers, singers, snake charmers, monkey dancers and more. Located in the old part of Marrakesh, it is surrounded by markets, cafes and restaurants. During the day, stalls sell fresh-pressed orange juice, and during the night the food carts move in, transforming the square into a big barbecue feast. You can easily spend half a day here.
This is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places to go to when you need a retreat from the crowded streets of Marrakesh. The Majorelle Gardens are named after their French founder and designer, Jacques Majorelle. After Majorelle completed the gardens in 1924, he decided to open it to the public in 1947.
The colors are one of the most striking features of the gardens. As you enter this urban oasis, the cobalt electric blue décor seems to leap out at you against the green of the plants and bamboo, the pink of the pathways and the red and yellow of the numerous flowers and their vibrantly colored pots. There are more than 300 plants and 15 species of birds in this space, making the gardens a photographer’s paradise.
The gardens include the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakesh that showcases old jewelry, ceramics, Majorelle paintings and textiles from late Yves Saint Laurent personal collection. In 1980, late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent co-purchased the gardens. After his death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the gardens in Marrakesh, which he considered his second home.
Medina and Souks
There is nothing more Moroccan than a stroll through a souk, and Marrakesh holds them in spades. Indeed, the medina and its marketplace have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason; here life still goes by the rhythm of the market. You can stroll through medieval passages and alleyways, shop for gifts of nearly any sort, and experience a way of life largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Be ready to haggle, and be ready to smile.
To be continued.……..