Known for its dusty, colorful riot of colors shimmering in the hot North African sun, Marrakech never fails to amaze travelers.
You will be drawn into the winding cobblestone alleys, the crowded souks, and the bustling public squares. The city boasts an incredible heritage that you will feel all around you as you walk past the towering minarets and hear the call to prayer echo through the streets.
So, what do you need to know to have the perfect day in Marrakech? First of all, take cash with you — ATMs can be hard to find within the ancient medina and the historic streets. Also, dress modestly — Morocco is a conservative Muslim country and it is important to be sensitive to the culture. Schedule in some downtime so that you can relax. Marrakech can be a little crazy and chaotic at times (but exhilarating) and you will need a chance to catch your breath and recharge by sipping some tea in a cafe or lounging by your hotel pool.
The souks (marketplaces) of Marrakech are the beating heart of the city. They are essential to life here and you can find everything from food to jewellery to spices to fine leathers in these labyrinthine corridors.
Find a unique treasure you can bring home as a souvenir for your trip and don’t be afraid to haggle for a better price on it. Wear comfortable shoes hotel you will be doing a lot of walking. If you get thirsty, you can stop for a drink of a cup of mint tea. Life in Marrakech seems to revolve around the ritual of drinking this sweet tea that is brewed with sprigs of mint leaves.
As one of the most fascinating archeological sites in Marrakech, the Saadian Tombs were sealed up for many centuries until they were rediscovered in 1917. Their opulent splendor will take your breath away — they are magnificently decorated with elaborate carvings, Arabic scripts, and colorful tiles. Within the awe-inspiring mausoleum there are 66 tombs, with over 100 more outside in the nearby gardens.
The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the most iconic buildings in Marrakech, built in a traditional Almohad style and topped with four shimmering copper globes. It is visible from almost anywhere in the city — especially since there is a local ordinance in Marrakech that forbid any other building to be higher than a palm tree.
You cannot enter unless you are Muslim, but you are free to walk around the outside and admire the stunning architecture.
Having a tour guide with you as you make your way through the streets of Marrakech will make your visit so much more meaningful, as you will learn deeper insight into what you are seeing while you explore the city.
For example, you could head on the Imperial Cities Tour, which features Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, and Fez. You will be accompanied by an expert guide who will reveal all of the secrets and the fascinating history behind these cities, to help you make the most of your perfect day in Marrakech.
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