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A city steeped in medieval allure, Marrakesh is a tapestry of myths, drama, and the enigma that entraps all who enter its ochre-hued embrace. Step inside, and you'll journey back through time into a world largely preserved in historical chronicles. With its maze-like Medina, the sensory overload of the bustling souks, the theatrical spectacle at Jemaa el-Fna square, and the towering Atlas Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop, Marrakesh indisputably reigns as Morocco's most dazzling gem.

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El Badi Palace
Ksibat Nhass, Marrakesh

Constructed in the 16th century under the orders of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur of the Saadian dynasty, El Badi Palace — the "Incomparable Palace" — was once hailed as a marvel of its era. Initially featuring 360 rooms, an expansive courtyard, and a 90-metre-long pool, the palace was a monument to the Sultan's affluence and influence. Adorned with a lavish selection of materials sourced globally — from Italian marble to Malian gold — the palace was envisioned as an opulent space for grand receptions and ceremonies. However, following al-Mansur's death in 1603, the palace was abandoned and gradually succumbed to decay, especially during the waning years of the Saadian rule. Many of its precious elements, particularly its marble, were harvested and repurposed in various Moroccan structures. Nowadays, El Badi stands as a significant point of interest in Marrakesh, housing various exhibitions and even showcasing the Minbar of the Kutubiyya Mosque. Though largely in ruins, the palace still whispers stories of a bygone era of wealth and grandeur.

Highlights of Marrakech: Private Half-Day City Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Marrakesh as you embark on a city sightseeing tour. Visit the top highlights, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Berber Museum, Koutoubia Mosque, and the Medina. While you explore, your guide provides context on the history of Morocco as well as the local culture.

Jemaa el-Fna Food Stalls
Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh

For the most authentic Moroccan dining experience, head for the Jemaa el-Fna, sit among the crowds at the open-air food stalls, and dine on such traditional delicacies as steamed snails or stewed sheep’s head.

Dar Marjana
15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair, Marrakesh

Dar Marjana serves delicious traditional food. A spectacular setting and live traditional music makes this a gem in the imperial crown of Marrakesh dining options.

Souk El Kebir & Souk Cherratin
Medina, Marrakesh

For an accessory-shopping adventure, set your sights on Souk El Kebir and neighbouring Souk Cherratin. Situated just off Attarine (the copper souk) and locally known as Ta'ala, these souks are the epicentre of leather craftsmanship in Marrakech. From intricate bags and belts to butter-soft wallets and purses, these markets offer an array of sizes and designs. If you're on the hunt for the iconic Moroccan babouches slippers, you're in luck — these souks offer a rich tapestry of colours, patterned cuts and intricate stitching at a fraction of European or North American prices.

Ensemble Artisanal
Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakesh

Ensemble Artisanal is a shopping complex with colourful artwork, housewares, musical instruments, clothes & fabrics. It's good to come here if the loud medina gets a little too much to handle, to get an idea of what to expect in terms of pricing or simply if haggling isn't exactly your cup of tea. Many of the items found in abundance in the souks can be shopped here in a much calmer environment and at a fixed price.

Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK)
Aéroport Marrakech Ménara, Marrakesh

Menara Airport is located 6 km from Marrakesh. Bus number 19 runs to Djemaa el-Fna every 20 minutes during the week and less frequently during weekends and public holidays. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. A taxi for maximum 5 people plus baggage from the airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes. Agree on the price before taking off.

Passport / Visa

Citizens of the European Union, as well as the Untied States, Australia, and dozens of world countries can enter and remain in Morocco visa-free for up to 90 days. Look up individual prerequisites prior to travel in order to possibly apply for visa in time.

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