Visiting Marrakesh

Marrakesh is one of the biggest tourist hotspots in all of Morocco, the city was founded back in the 11th century and today it has more than a million inhabitants.  It has distinctive architecture with a history of famous authors and philosophers coming together here.  Marrakesh is a cultural hub where the Islamic and Andulusian  cultures come together.

The literal meaning of Marrakesh is the “land of god” and it served as the capital during the Almoravids Dynasty.  The city has a large number of Islamic monuments.  In the 20th century France took control of Morocco and there are still many French establishments still thriving to this day.  Tourists from all over the world to breathe in this richness of culture and heritage.

While there is no shortage of things to see in Morocco here are some of the highlights of tourist destinations you should see while you are in Marrakesh.

Median Souk

This is the biggest and main marketplace found in Marrakesh.  It can be found in the old district and you will be surrounded by history and monuments.  There are narrow aisles of filled with perfume sellers, herbs and brightly colored scarves just to name a few.  Take an entire day and explore the Medina Souk.  Grab some local gifts and souvenirs to bring home.  Most if not all of the trinkets that you can find here were created by local craftsmen and artists.  Here is a look at some of the things you can find in the Souk.

Almoravids Dome

If you have a passion for history and culture then you need to see the Almoravids Dome, it is the oldest surviving monument in all of Marrakesh.  The dome was built back in the 12th century and if you book a tourism package to Morocco this will be included as part of the trip.  The dome is incredibly beautiful inside, while having a rather simple layout it has distinct stone decorations and beautiful features.  For many tourists, especially those that are interested in the history of the area the dome sparks a renewed interest in learning about the Almoravids Dynasty.

Majorelle Gardens

In the middle of the 20th century the famed French artist Jack Morelle visited Morocco due to ill health and it was here he created art that reflected everyday life.  The gardens are the perfect blend of French artistry  and the innate architecture to be found in Morocco.  The garden is filled with local flowers, plants, palm trees and cactuses, all native to the local area.

There are so many places to see and visit in Marrakesh and these are but a few.  Take the time to see as much of the city as you can, you won’t regret a single minute of your trip.

Tips on Visiting Morocco

Do you dream of spending your next vacation escaping back in time or immersing yourself in a different culture and trying different experiences?  Then you definitely want to look at Morocco.  You still want your trip to be hassle free and have a great time, Morocco has all of that and so much more.  But, when you head to a different country with a very different culture then you need a few tips to make the trip successful

When to Travel

Morocco is very warm throughout the year but it is extra special in the springtime.  There are colorful blooming flowers and greenery everywhere that you look but spring has near perfect temperatures making walking around comfortable.  Temperatures throughout the winter and summer can be a bit extreme and that can be really uncomfortable for tourists.

What to See

There are so many things to see and do you may not know where to start but one of the things you should add to your must-see list are the riads.  A riad is essentially a traditional residence built around a garden.  The cities like Marrakesh, Fes and Essaouria have some beautiful riads for you to check out.  While you are traveling you will likely use taxis, dine at local restaurants and have bell boys help you with your luggage and it is customary to offer a tip.  If you are offered a tasty cup of mint tea by any of the locals, it is considered the height of hospitality so it is polite to accept.

Local Culture

Moroccan culture can be vastly different from what you find in western countries and if you are a woman traveling alone you need to be extra cautious.  The general rule of thumb is to dress as one of the locals you can wear a djellaba.  If you choose not to cover your hair then put it in a bun or tie it down.  There are “hustlers” in Morocco, these are males who will follow around and unaccompanied woman and pester them so be very cautious.  Conversely if you are a male traveling along then you do not approach a woman you don’t know, it shows a lack of respect.  If you need directions or something of that nature then you should approach an elderly male.

Don’t be frightened off by the different culture, Morocco is a popular tourist destination and the locals are pretty familiar with having foreigners passing through.  Cities like Casa Blanca and Marrakesh see millions of tourists every year with little or no problems at all.  Familiarize yourself with local culture before you embark on any trip.