Former imperial capital, Marrakech is nicknamed the “Red City”. An official and licensed guide will take you through the medina, one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in Morocco. The medina is surrounded miles of fortified walls and gates, and its skyline is dominated by the minaret of 12th century Koutoubia Mosque.
Cures for whatever ails, along with traditional spices with proven medical benefits, can be found in a traditional Berber pharmacy. Indulge in some retail therapy in the medina’s seemingly endless souks.
Other places of interest: the Saadian tombs and mausoleum were originally built in the 16th century but later sealed and only discovered by the French in the early 20th century. El Bahia Palace gives you a taste of the life of a 19th century vizier and his harem. Ben Youssef Medersa, founded in the 14th century, was the largest Islamic college in North Africa at its time and showcases intricate woodwork and tile work.
In the afternoon, relax in the calm of one of many gardens. Majorelle Garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and showcases an intense cobalt blue hue named after him. Menara Garden, originally built in the 12th century features a large basin and green-tiled pavilion. Agdal Garden was considered a royal orchard filled with fruit and ornamental trees.
In the early evening, make your way to Jemaa el Fna Square. By day, this huge square is filled with snake charmers, henna artists, dancing monkeys, and even a dentist or two! But it’s at night when the square truly comes alive with more exotic acts such as belly dancers and storytellers, and hundreds of food vendor stalls offering quick eats such as dried fruits and nuts, fruit juices, snails and sandwiches. Take in all of the action from one of many coffee shops and tea houses bordering the square; their rooftop terraces offer great views as you unwind with your beverage of choice.
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