Discover Marrakesh city: guides, tips and tours

Marrakesh city is very advanced in terms of tourism. It is safe, clean, it may seem strange but Morocco is a country that is changing a lot, and at the tourist, level wants to give a beautiful image. Walking through the streets of Marrakesh is a pleasure, they will always try to sell you something if they see you minimally interested, but they will never be boring. In my last post I gave you some advice on the city, but today we will find out what it offers. Have you still not organized your trip to Marrakesh? Read here!

 

Mosquée Koutoubia
Mosquée Koutoubia

PARKS

Visit Marrakesh is quite pleasant to do by walk, the city center (the Medina) is a maze of streets but with the tourist points indicated. Are you afraid of losing yourself? Buy a sim!

The few parks that are within the city are very beautiful so I recommend you visit them. Lalla Hasna park is located between the famous Mosquée Koutoubia and La Mamounia hotel. It is a public park but offers an excellent view of the mosque. Instead, the Secret Garden (the Jardin Secret) is pay, open from 9.30 to 18.00, 50dirham ticket cost.

 

The Majorelle Garden
The Majorelle Garden

Without a doubt, the most famous botanical garden in the city remains the Majorelle Garden, outside the city center. I advise you to take a taxi, remember to always ask the price, and not more than 50dirham (approx 5 €). Cost of the ticket 70dirham, I suggest you visit it in the morning, often in the afternoon, there is a queue. The garden complex was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1931, during the colonial period. They bought the garden in 1980. The new owners decided to live in the artist’s house, renamed Villa Oasis, where the ashes of Yves Saint Laurent are found, in a memorial in his honor in the garden.

MUSEUMS AND PALACES

Museums and palaces to visit there are many in Marrakesh, in two days you can visit everything with much tranquility. Let’s start from my favorite Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of traditional Moroccan architecture. Open every day from 9 to 18, 50dirham ticket cost, Its interiors and patio decorations are beautiful, the visit is highly recommended.

 

Badii Palace
Badii Palace

Another known building is The Badii Palace, open from 9 to 17, cost 50dirhams. The palace, built in about 25 years, was destroyed by the sultan, who used the materials to decorate his palace in Meknès. The architecture of the building is strongly influenced by the Alhambra of Granada. Currently, they are ruins, the visit is not highly recommended.

Finally, I recommend a visit to the Saadian Tombs. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakesh. Open from 8 to 16 70dirham price.

 

MARKETS OF MARRAKESH CITY

The most famous square of the city is Djemaa el Fna Square, day market and street food in the evening. Around the square, there are many places where you can have some beautiful photos. If like me you have the phobia of snakes, know that there are only by day, and not in the evening. Many recommend to dine in one of the street food that there are in the square, I honestly did not, I preferred to go to a restaurant.

 

Djemaa el Fna Square
Djemaa el Fna Square

Another less known but very touristy is the Spice market (Marche d’Epices), here you will find many flavors unknown to us Europeans. A beautiful view of the square can be found by going to the Cafe d’Epices, very popular with young people and tourists. The view is very beautiful and we eat very well.

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