6 Essential Places To Get To Know Marrakech Well

6 essential places to get to know Marrakech well

Marrakech is a different city, a city that catches you in its conglomeration of streets, where it is worth discovering its personality. From its infinite palm trees, to the bargaining of its people, Marrakech invites you to get to know it, discover its essential places and let yourself be carried away by its temptations. We show you those places that you must see on a visit to the city.

What you should not miss in Marrakech

1. Jamaa el Fna Square

Jamaa el Fna Square – TDway

This populous square is the most important place in the medina of Marrakech. It has a lot of atmosphere, both day and night. As the hours go by, its environment transmutes, differentiating between what happens in the day and what happens when the sun goes down.

A visit to Jemaa El Fna Square is essential in this beautiful city.  During the day you can observe snake charmers, monkey tamers and even dentists who display the products of their latest extractions. You will also find stalls selling spices, juices and snails.

When night  falls, the food stalls appear.  In them you can dine in the company of improvised musicians and watching different shows.

2. The Souk of Marrakech

Marrakech souk
Souk – Philip Lange

The Souk is the place where Moroccans do their shopping. It is a labyrinth of narrow streets, full of stalls and shopkeepers. It extends from the north of the Jamaa el Fna Square and in it it is possible to buy clothes, species, handicrafts and typical products in sections organized by trades, such as basket makers, dyers, hardware stores and many more.

Visiting the Souk is a unique experience, where you cannot buy without haggling. The best thing to do is go through it in the morning and without haste, to experience moments that only Marrakech can offer you.

3. Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech
Koutoubia Mosque – posztos

The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the great icons of Marrakech. It is located on the edge of the Medina, very close to the Jemaa El Fna Square. It has a 69-meter high minaret tower, which can practically be seen from anywhere in the city.

This mosque is one of the largest in the Islamic world. Its construction, ordered by Abd al Mu-min, began in 1141 and was completed in 1158. It is built in pink sandstone typical of the area.

Its name means “mosque of the booksellers”.  So it was named because of the many bookstands that surrounded it in its early days.

4. Bahia Palace

Bahia Palace in Marrakech
Bahia Palace – Apurva Madia

The Bahia Palace is located south of the Medina of Marrakech, and right on the northern limit of the fortified area of ​​the Kasba. It is a true work of art of Moroccan architecture. It was built in the late 19th century to be the most impressive palace of all time.

Its construction was started by the grand vizier of Sultan Abdelaziz Si ​​Moussa.  But at the end of the 19th century it came under the responsibility of Abu Bou Ahmed, a black slave who became a vizier.

It has 150 rooms in 8 hectares of extension. It has several courtyards and gardens, but the most interesting is the harem of the 4 wives and the 24 concubines of Abu Bou Ahmed.

5. Medersa Ben Youssef

Medersa Ben Joussef Marrakech
Medersa Ben Joussef – Anibal Trejo

At the northern limit of the Souks and within the Medina of Marrakech, we find the largest madrassa in Morocco, the Medersa Ben Youseff. It is an old Koranic school from the 16th century. It is one of the most beautiful corners of the Moroccan city.

This madrassa was commissioned by Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib and was completed in 1565. It has 130 cells that accommodated up to 900 students.

During the visit you can witness the sublime decoration of its interior, which mixes marble, cedar wood, stucco and mosaics. The inner courtyard and the austere appearance of the cells are worth observing.

6. Saadian Tombs

Saadian tombs in Marrakech
Saadian Tombs – Stephane Bidouze

The Saadian Tombs were discovered in 1917.  From that moment they became one of the most visited places in Marrakech. They are located in an enclosed garden accessed through a narrow corridor.

They date back to the 16th century and consist of 100 tombs decorated with mosaics. These tombs are the burial place of the servants and warriors of the Saadian dynasty. The main mausoleum is worth visiting, where Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur and his family are buried.

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