If you are looking out for a holiday destination off the beaten track, steeped in culture and history, then we know just the right place for you. Head to the North African country of Morocco and visit the famed Marrakech. Renowned for soaring minarets and mosques, bustling souks, ancient historical monuments and a vibrant vibe, Marrakech is the perfect getaway for all culture vultures. So get ready to heighten your senses with the heady sights and sounds of this African gem and explore things to do in this beautiful town.
1. Rent a luxurious villa
Before setting foot on your dream vacation, it’s always best to plan your accommodation. Marrakech offers an excellent blend of charming riads in the heart of the city and luxury villas in the Palmeraie. All these luxury villas in Marrakech are equipped with basic amenities, and some of them lend a luxurious feel with a private swimming pool, heritage decor and furnishings, and traditional cuisine.
2. Scintillating souks
The colorful souks of Marrakech with a labyrinthine maze of alleyways and cobbled streets are one of the main reasons for people to visit the red city of Morocco. The bustling atmosphere, the thrill of haggling, colorful souvenirs, crowded food kiosks selling traditional Moroccan cuisine, jeweled glassware, and ornate teapots; all add an air of happiness- unique to this vibrant town. Remember to take back some colored aromatic spices and pottery with you as a memory of this beautiful place.
3. Visit a riad
Feel like a king as you stroll through the Badii Palace, a magnificent palace of the sultan himself. Constructed in the late 16th century by the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, this 150-room palace exhumes opulence that can still be seen through its ornamental embellishments. Laden with silk woven panels and stained glass ceilings painted with dainty rose bouquets, the castle is a visual treat for all architecture and history enthusiasts. During your tour of the palace, don’t miss the hidden dungeons and chambers below the palace and the view from the rooftop terrace.
4. Explore the museums
Understand the history and culture of Marrakech through the numerous museums dotting the city. A must-visit is the Dar Si Said Museum. It has preserved the local architectural art of the end of the 19th century in Morocco. It has a wide array of masterpieces showcasing the folk art of Marrakech and the Berber villages. Also, go to the Musee de Marrakech to see the Moroccan national traditional art from the14th century to the 19th century) and even contemporary art.
5. Spend time at the Djemaa el-Fna
Soak in the real culture of present day Marrakech at the main city square, Djemaa el-Fna, often called the heart of Marrakech. During the day, it is a shopping haven for tourists and locals alike, with shopkeepers selling souvenirs showcasing Moroccan art. In the night it transforms into a hub of storytellers, snake charmers, musicians and dancers, bringing the place alive.
Relish your stay at Marrakech, where the splendor invigorates the soul and the culture infects the personality. Above all, enjoy the opulence, color and historical and architectural extravaganza of one of the most vibrant cultures in Africa.
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