Marrakesh – the Berber City

The lively Berber city is located in the centre of South Morocco and is the ideal starting point for any journey within Morocco. Immerse yourself for hours in the hustle and bustle of oriental markets, elaborate palaces and riads (homes with inner gardens) in the medina, or linger over a traditional mint tea in a cafe at the famous Jemaa el-Fna Square.

Jemaa el-Fna

"Jemaa el-Fna"

The Jema el-Fnaa Square is without a doubt the main attraction of Marrakesh. During the day, you can see snake charmers, artists, and musicians, sample and enjoy a variety of food sold at the many food stalls, or haggle over the price of traditional medicinal herbs and smoked foods among the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists alike.

At Jemaa el-Fna Square

The Souk – An Arabian Market

In the northern part of the medina (old town) are the numerous souks (bazaars) where different tradesmen can be seen plying their wares. The selection of wares, is amazing. There are intricate carvings, ornate ironwork in the form of bedsteads, lanterns and gates, as well as scarves and garments dyed with natural dyes like saffron, and much more. Marrakesh is also known for its tannery and leather industry and a wide assortment of leather goods such as bags and jackets. There is so much to see, it takes more than a day to see it all.

 Traditional handmade baskets

Riads – A Colorful Surpise Behind Thick Walls

Hidden behind the windowless walls of the medina are the riads (homes with inner gardens) which are today a favourite accommodation for visitors. When you first enter the courtyard of a riad, you will be surprised by the beauty inside such an inconspicuous outer appearance. Colourful, shimmering mosaics, fountains, and stucco decorations demonstrate the love of fine craftsmanship in this country.

Riad in Marrakesh

El-Bahia Palace

The El-Bahia Palace is yet another example of the many attractions in the southern part of the medina of Marrakesh. This palace is popular not only for its art, but also for what can be learned about the country, its people, and traditional family systems during a guided tour through its ornate rooms and halls.

The El-Bahia Palace in Marrakesh