"Marrakech is one of the most beautiful cities that we know; comparable only to Baghdad. It is large and well built, surrounded by its massive ramparts, and has an abundant bazaar in all kinds of things. We see palaces, madrasas and magnificent mosques whose chief, called the Mosque of the Booksellers (kutubiyin) presents the highest minaret from which one can see the city in its entirety to the snowy mountains. "
Ibn Battuta (1304-1369)
(Traveller and Arab geographer)
After seven centuries, the description of the poet still seems topical.
Marrakech is the first tourist destination of Morocco. This magical imperial city has always been since its founding in 1070 by the Almoravid dynasty, the great Southern metropolis. The fame of Marrakech was designated as its all Morocco until the late nineteenth century. The heart of the city, surrounded by ramparts, contains the medina, a maze of narrow streets where we will be happy to get lost.
In April 2015, as a consecration, the famous website "TripAdvisor" Marrakech class as world number 1 destination, based on millions of votes.
Upon arrival, one is taken by the contrast of colors: the city, its pink adobe walls, its walls covered with bougainvillea from which arise bunches of palm trees and greenery, spectacular scenery snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas under a bright sky of intense blue that announces the true nature of Marrakech. The city is a lush oasis, perpetually sunny, hence exhale flowery scents of jasmine and orange blossom freshness gardens.
Inside the city walls, the zebra shadow of the sun, in the teeming streets of the medina, a hive of activity, punctuated with calls, voices, bright colors, cedar wood and scents spices. The sounds, colors and smells will meet to compose an amazing symphony.
Marrakech, mythical city, cultural capital, inspiring artists, fashions and events: Marrakech art galleries, festivals, exhibitions; Marrakech "people" with its celebrities, its luxurious palaces and trendy nights; Marrakech tourist capital for over a century, offers a fine balance between treasures of the past and ongoing energy of living cultures.
Yes, Marrakech is unforgettable. They come back, and each stay reserve discoveries. Some have never even left ...
Founded 1000 years ago, Marrakech has an incredible and uncommon history, marked by the brilliant periods of its history; today it retains a rich cultural heritage. It is up to us then to dive deeper into the periods that fascinate us.
Marrakech has become a real temple of design. While most of the designer and designer boutiques are located in the modern district of Guéliz, they are also beginning to be found in the medina.