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Are you planning to travel to Africa? Like the cities of Fez, Rabat and Meknes, Marrakech has the privilege of being a Makhzen city, that is, imperial, and the successive dynasties that have populated it have been enriching it. Marrakech is cataloged as one of the most important cultural centers in Morocco. The train and bus services offer regular routes that communicate this city of the interior with Casablanca and Rabat.

Marrakech also enjoys a special prestige that is to give its name to the whole country. It is also the tourist capital and the first destination for trips to Morocco, as well as a very lively and famous city, among many other things for its markets and festivals.

The ancient imperial city of Marrakech has much to offer among its reddish walls. Bustling, cosmopolitan and open to life, offers the avid traveler experiences a vibrant city of deep-rooted traditions and bright flashes of modernity. Full of captivating World Heritage monuments by UNESCO, it offers a mix of sensations, aromas and corners with charm that would attract the very Alfred Hitchock.

1. DjemaĆ¢ el Fna

Get lost in the magical universe of DjemaĆ¢ el Fna, one of the busiest squares in the world, with its jugglers, storytellers, snake charmers, water carriers, dancers, fortune tellers and henna tattoo artists. Look for the perfect memory in the fascinating Spice Market of the or the labyrinthine and fascinating souk with its rugs, slippers, skins, jewels. It runs unhurriedly through the picturesque streets and passages of the Medina.

Let yourself be carried away by the exclusive atmosphere of the modern city, of elegant Frenchified air crossed by large avenues and curds of design establishments, luxurious hotels and an exquisite leisure offer for golf lovers, thalassotherapy and the good life.

2. Koutoubia Mosque

The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque, the Arab baths of the Medina, the Jewish quarter or mellah, the wonderful gardens of Majorelle and Menara will make you feel with the One Thousand and One Nights.

3. Badi Palace

Badi palace is located a few meters from the famous Jemaa el Fna square. At the moment it is practically in ruins being only visitable a large esplanade full of oranges and the walls of the building from which you can obtain beautiful views of the city and its surroundings.

4. Saadian Tombs

Saadian Tombs is one of the most visited monuments and are located in the neighborhood of the Kasbah. Ben Youssef Madrasa is located next to a mosque that bears the same name and is one of the most remarkable and beautiful monuments, also essential in any list on what to see in Marrakech. The most remarkable thing is its interior patio and the decoration and recreation of the rooms, which will make you feel as if you have traveled in time.

5. Dar Si Said

Dar Si Said is located near the Bahia Palace and was also built in the mid-nineteenth century by order of the vizier Ahmed Ben Moussar and the craftsmen of the Bahia Palace. Today it is the seat of the Museum of Moroccan Arts. Your visit is a real introduction to Moroccan handicrafts because in addition to being able to appreciate its beautiful architecture and decoration you can also enjoy masterpieces of Moroccan art such as carpets, pieces of wood, jewelry, textiles and many other pieces.

The ski resorts of Ouikameden and the Ourika Valley are also nearby.

Trip to Morocco

Day trips from Marrakesh

Marrakech has the advantage of being located in a very privileged environment. From Marrakech you can make many day trips to incredible places. Here are some of the most popular excursions:

Day trips from Marrakech to the Ourika Valley

Just 1 hour from Marrakech is the green valley of Ourika, one of the most common excursions from Marrakech. In the valley is the imposing Toubkal mountain (4,167 mts) and a beautiful view of the peaks and valleys of the Great Atlas. The whole area is dotted with deep hidden valleys, ancient villages and mighty mountain rivers, where you can observe the local population in their daily lives.

Day trips from Marrakech to Essaouira

Round trip excursion in one day through the old Portuguese city of Essaouira. On the way you will cross immense forests of Argan, from where the precious oil of Argan is extracted and you will be able to see its elaboration in some of the cooperatives that exist. This town was an old Portuguese citadel and behind its walls, hide many picturesque places full of history that you can start discovering yourself, just arrive.

Day trips from Marrakech to Ouarzazate

Roundtrip excursion in one day with departure from Marrakech towards Ouarzazate, crossing Tiz'n Tichka to the interior of the Atlas, you will enjoy some incredible landscapes and some beautiful Kasbahs or fortifications that crown the port of Tichka.

Day trips from Marrakech to the Ouzoud Waterfalls

You will enjoy a day under the beautiful waterfalls, where you will find uneven water up to 60 meters high. If you are close to Marrakech and you like nature, you should not miss this opportunity to visit this wonder of nature considered as the largest and most impressive waterfalls in North Africa.

Day trips from Marrakech to Atlas Mountains

Depart in the morning towards the great Atlas. From the foot of the Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa (more than 4500 meters), arrive at the small village of Tahanaout that gathers twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday) the farmers of the region for the great souk. After the visit of the Gorges of Ghaghia Wadi, arrive in Asni, the country of the amethyst (macrocrystalline) and the green valley of Ouirgane which is also called The Valley of Happiness.

Day trips from Marrakech to Sahara Desert

It is safe for women and all silently holding on to the storms.

There is something worth knowing about the desert travel in Morocco. Among the Morocco desert activities you can go for camel trek, night camping, guided quad biking and buggy ride.

Apart from the bustling cities, you can enjoy a peaceful journey in the desert and if you are lucky you can enjoy the ice on the dunes of Sahara. Sooner or later, one is supposed to sort their life out. Erg Chebbi and Erg Chagaga are the most fascinating sand dunes to visit. Mountain sand dunes are not easy to climb but an amazing experience.

One can enjoy a buggy ride, camel trek while watching the sunset or sunrise. Let your camera capture the moments to cherish them whole your life. Erg Chebbi dunes are the most spectacular dunes in Morocco. The dunes are located in Merzouga area and they are one of the best travel destination in Morocco. While in you are in Desert, you can choose between Hotels/Riads or Desert camping.

Merzouga is an ideal place to experience camel rides among golden sand unes, overnight in a Desert camp, enjoying drum music around fire, explore the Desert in 4x4, visit Berber nomads, Gnaoua music.

Night camping, with dinner and some music, makes your tour more happening and exciting. Capture the moment, staring at the immense emptiness of stars. Sometimes hollowness tells us greater stories than a shining star. That emptiness has been through more miseries and has great lessons to tell rather than a spotlight.

Wandering in souks, refreshing orange juice and mint tea, a night at the camp, relaxing at the beach side, candlelight dinner on the rooftop or storytellers at the Jemma Al Fna, it is all a perfect fascination for any tourist. Experience your life at its best, live as this is the last chance to be yourself, make as many memories as you can. These moments are precious, never waste them in anxiety.

When to visit Morocco

The ideal season to visit Marrakech is during the warmer months. So that the heat does not overwhelm us, the ideal is to do it during the months of September to May. The main cultural festival of the city, which takes place at the beginning of June, can also be a good time to visit.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco for a woman or female tourists?

There are hard times when one wants to trust a specific situation or a person but cannot while traveling Africa. You want to visit a particular place but damn your budget and job you want and failed in an interview. These are the phases of life, that you cannot avoid them at any cost. All you can do is to take a break. Plan your holidays and spend some quality time either with your family or just a random trip to anywhere peaceful.

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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