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The PLAZA DJEMAA EL FNA is the main feature of Marrakech’s Medina. Although worth a visit during the day, it is at night that it comes alive; the pulsating music, the snake charmers, fire-swallowers, folk dancers lure a tourist in to spending an entire evening in this medieval world. The several food stalls add to the charm of this town square.

The KOUTUBIA MOSQUE, is a 12th century Hispano-Moorish masterpiece, its a splendid square minaret, ornamented with delicate sculptures and marquetry, was constructed during the Kingdom of Almohades. Their chief Abd –el-Moumen built it on the site of an Almoravid palace. The Koutoubia, which inspired the construction of the Giralda at Sevilla, is considered one of the most beautiful monuments in North Africa.

The SOUKS, remain one of the most fascinating attractions of Marrakech. Organized by trades and specialities (tanners, textiles, metals), they are full of handcrafted articles. It can be very chaotic at pick time,but certainly an experience not to be missed. For the less adventurous tourists, a guide is recommended to avoid getting lost in the labyrinth of the Souk.

JARDIN DE MARJORELLE, a natural reserve of cactus, bamboo, bougainvillea, surrounding a cobalt blue chalet is a picturesque garden. It was designed by the French painter, Jacques Majorelle, who  lived there since 1924. Later bought and restored by Yves Saint Laurent whose ashes are scattered here.

BEN YOUSSEF  MEDERSA (Qor’anic school), was built in the sixteenth century and it is a wonderful example of arabo-andalusian architecture.

MUSEUM OF MARRAKECH, next to the Ben Youssef Medersa, set-up in the 19th Century old M’Nebhi Palace,  is a treasure trove of eight centuries of Moroccan art and crafts. The Museum also host temporary exhibitions of Contemporary Moroccan Art.

The SAADIAN TOMBS are situated in the garden which is part of the Al-Mansour mosque, in the heart of the Kasbah. The garden was recovered by the Saadians in the sixteenth century to house the tombs of their kings.

 

The BAHIA PALACE with its array of Andalusian gardens and flowery patios was built in 1880. Originally the residence of the sultan’s Vizir Ba Ahmed, later was occupied by General Lyautey during the French Protectorate.

The MENARA GARDEN, a summer house, enfolded by a groove of Olive trees, was the romantic destination for the Sultans of Marrakech. Structured in 1870, this pavilion is on the edge of an ornamental lake and stands against the fantastic view of the Atlas Mountains.