THE UNAVOIDABLES

Most "must-see" places are within the walls of the ancient city. The Koutoubia, Jemaâ El Fna and Menara are symbolic places of Marrakech.
Erected by the Almohads in 40 (from 1150) with simple forms, a sophisticated decor and the balance of its proportions, the Koutoubia is considered one of the most beautiful monuments of the Maghreb. She served as a model for two sisters, the Giralda of Seville and the Tower Hassan of Rabat. Its minaret of 77m of sees to 25 kilometers. Illuminated in the evening, it is the "lighthouse" of Marrakech.
Jemaâ El Fna Square is the beating heart of the city. Classified in the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001, it owes its fame to its space, its frequentation and its atmosphere. Pedestrian, it is a place of encounters and shows, with stalls and gargotes proposing to drink and to eat. If the day is the place to taste a fresh orange juice, it is especially in the evening that the party begins, as a rallying point with the coffee-terraces that surround it. One can then contemplate storytellers, fortune-tellers, acrobats and the famous musicians Gnaouas who vibrate to the rhythm of their "krakachs" (metal castanets).
To find peace and quiet, the gardens of the Menara are a magical place. The Almohads built a harmonious pavilion in the 19th century, which is reflected on a background of High Atlas in a large basin of water surrounded by a vast garden planted with olive trees. In the setting sun, it takes magnificent golden tints. The basin, a reservoir for the irrigation of the olive grove, is fed by a hydraulic system which, for 700 years, captures the water of the mountains and transports it over 30 kilometers.

TOP 10 THE UNAVOIDABLES

The Jemaa El Fna Square
The Souks
Koutoubia
Ben Youssef Madrasa
Majorelle Garden
Saadian Tombs
El Badii Palace
Bahia Palace
Dar Si Said Museum
The House of Photography
TOP