Marrakech: The Red City Of Morocco
- Morocco is a modern country that offers a very warm welcome to holidaymakers. Perhaps this is one of the reasons visitor numbers have been on the increase for so long…Morocco broke the 10 million visitor barrier in 2013.
- Marrakech is in the center of Morocco and, while being a popular stand-alone tourist destination, it is particularly appealing among tourists for short excursions of a day or a few days. It is easy to see why!
- Why is Marrakech Called ‘The Red City?’
- Quite simply, the whole structure of Marrakech and most of its buildings are colored salmon pink! During sunset the color warms and deepens and seems to blanket the whole cityscape – both from a distance and from within, the city takes on a romantic hue all of its own.
Things To See, Enjoy, And Live In Marrakech
- The City Walls and Gates – are spectacular! They stretch for 19km encircling the city, stand almost 6 meters high and are constructed around 200 towers. There are 20 sets of large gates allowing access into the city.
- The City Gardens – There are several including Jardin Majorelle, Bahia Palace, Arsat Moulay Abdesalam, Riad Enija, Jnane Tamsana and the massive and most important Agdal which is set against a fine view of the Atlas Mountains. Each is beautiful, tranquil, individual and unique.
- Souks (markets) – They are exciting, mysterious, fascinating and exhilarating. The biggest and most exciting souk is at Jemaa el-Fnaa. Specialities include an enormous range of spices, pottery items, and leather goods.
- Palaces – There are several palaces to visit in Marrakech, perhaps the most important being the Badii Palace, constructed by the Sultem Ahmed El-Mansour in the 16th century. This was once a beautiful building with walls lined in gold. Sadly, now there is no gold, but one can still get an insight into the life of the Sultan 400 years ago. The ruins of the Royal Palace are next to the Badii Palace and are also well worth a visit.
- Museums – The Marrakech Museum is in the City Centre. The building itself was constructed in the 19th century and is of typical Andalusian design. It features an internal riad (courtyard), intricate tiling and amazingly delicate carvings. It houses fine examples of Moroccan art. See also the Dar Si Said Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art.
- Cuisine – Be prepared for rich food, full of spices. Do not leave without trying a tajine… a dish usually containing chicken, beef or lamb together with fruits, peppers and a range of spices, slow cooked and absolutely delicious! Be aware that not all restaurants serve alcohol and there are a limited number of bars in the city.
- Out of Town Excursions and Activities
- There are lots available including camel rides, quad biking, desert safaris, trips to the magnificent Ourika Valley and Excursions to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. Shop around for good deals.
- Day 1: Discover Marrakech and Monuments .
- Day 2: trip to Ourika Valley.
- Day 3: trip to Essaouira .
- Day 4: Marrakech .
What Is Included?
- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation.
- Transport with a professional driver.
- Four nights in good traditionnel Riad.
- Diners at a good restaurants if wished.
- Air conditioning and very comfortable vehicle.
- Quality of service.
- Personal expenses