Morocco is named after this legendary town which is one of its four imperial cities. A genuine and unspoilt place.
First walk :
You go back in time once you arrive in Marrakesh. You can easily imagine the caravaneers loading their camels with food, tools and handiwork as you wander through the picturesque alleys of the old town. The souks contain everything that a traveller could want: colour, atmosphere and smells, welcoming and smiling faces. The Semmarine souk specialises in clothing. You will find many typical clothes made traditionally in the narrow streets surrounding the souk. Some stalls sell jewellery and often antiques as well. The famous Jemaa El Fna is a medieval world where, day and night, storytellers, shopkeepers and snake charmers vie for your attention. Mischievous monkeys will accost you. You will be able to see the splendid minaret of the Koutoubia mosque. This 12th century Hispano-Moorish masterpiece inspired the builders of the Giralda in Seville. Amateurs of the eternal Orient will want to visit the splendid Bahia Palace where surprising Andalusian gardens add to the refinement of the prestigious apartments and their secret patios. The Dar Si Said Museum is situated nearby. You should visit it for its great architectural value. It exposes Moroccan art; its collections will help you to plunge into the Moroccan way of life down to its most mundane aspects. It is idyllic for those you love strolling and learning, feeling and experiencing. Take the time to watch and listen...
Marrakesh is more than just a city. It is a pearl polished by history and its tradition of hospitality which, for centuries, has known how to welcome visitors.
Where the past meets the present :
The Majorelle Gardens house a collection of plants from the four corners of the earth flourishing among elegant ornamental lakes and an Art Deco villa. Yves Saint Laurent's ashes were scattered here. You leave this enchanted spot in one of the many horse drawn carriages available in the city and take the inevitable trip to the palm grove. From there, you continue to the Ménara, one of Marrakesh's symbolic places. This elegant building, which you can recognize by its green tiles, is surrounded by an immense ornamental lake. Marrakshi families come here to enjoy this cool spot during heat waves.
Relaxed Marrakesh :
When you arrive back in the "red" city, you can enjoy an ice cream, a pastry or a cool drink in one of the establishments in Guéliz, the modern part of Marrakesh. Luxury shops, banks, tearooms and cafés; the "red" city knows how to reconcile its prestigious past with contemporary dynamism. Marrakesh is a city full of life and enthusiasm as its omnipresent dynamism shows. The traveller will be charmed by his finds, encounters, strolls and picturesque souvenirs. His only regret is his melancholy as his departure approaches. However, he can then dream of coming back to enjoy the mild moonlit nights on a terrace again...