Marrakech is not world-famous for its monuments nor for its surprising museums, it’s rather a voyage to another world that impacts travelers. Marvel at the day-to-day of its inhabitants, stores, and winding streets. Nevertheless, there are several attractions which cannot be missed.
1 – Koutoubia Mosque
Just Close to Jamaa el fena square, you will see the Koutoubia Mosque Standing Tall, Although non-Muslims aren’t permitted entry, it’s a beautiful building to wander the perimeter of. The largest Mosque in the city is famed for its towering minaret and is particularly pretty when lit up at night. It also happens to be one of the oldest of the three Almohad minarets that remain in the world. At the highest point sit three copper orbs – definitely worth seeing for yourself.
2 – Jemaa el-Fnaa
Jemaa ElFena is Marrakech’s main square and the most important part of the medina. Here, inhabitants and tourists gather both during the day and night to have something to eat, shop or observe the various shows taking place.
3 – Saadian tombs
One could almost go as far as saying that no trip to Marrakech is complete without a visit to the Saadian Tombs. The tombs are by no means as big as what they appear to be in many of the pictures you see online, but their beauty and their fascinating history has certainly secured their place on any list of top Marrakech tourist attractions.
4 – The Ben Youssef Madrasa (Schoole)
was the largest and most important Islamic school in Marrakech and Morocco.It was founded during the fourteenth century and re-constructed in 1565, commissioned by Abdallah al-Ghalib. It has over 130 rooms and has housed over 900 students. The highlight of the madrasa is its magnificent interior patio. You will also greatly enjoy visiting its bare dormitory cells where the students would stay.
5 – The Bahia Palace
(Palais de la Bahia) is one of Marrakech’s most imposing buildings. It was constructed at the end of the nineteenth century and was intended to be the most impressive palaces of all time. The history of the Bahia Palace Marrakech begins in 1866. Commissioned by the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed ben Moussa, the palace took over ten years to complete and was designed in two stages. At the end of the nineteenth century, Abu Ahmed, a black slave that had risen to power and become vizier had the palace enlarged and had craftsmen from all the country come to work on the mansion.
6 – El Badi Palace
or (Palais el-Badi) was built at the end of the sixteenth century by the Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansur Dhahbi to celebrate the victory over the Portuguese army, in 1578. the Palace is an open-air account of the successive dynasties which have held sway in Marrakech, Inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the most beautiful materials are used to build the Palace: cedar wood from the Atlas, Carrara marble from Italy, ceramics from Spain, gold from Sudan, jade from China, onyx from France, ivory from black Africa… The best craftsmen from Morocco work on the Palace site.
7 – Majorelle Gardens
French adventurer and orientalist painter who settled in Morocco in 1917 Called Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), gathered forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City». It contains a psychedelic desert mirage of 300 plant species from five continents. At its heart lies Majorelle’s electric-blue art deco studio, home to the Musée Berbère, which showcases the rich panorama of Morocco’s indigenous inhabitants through displays of some 600 artifacts, In recent years the site has become incredibly popular and now ranks as Morocco’s most visited tourist attraction, with around 900,000 visitors a year.
8 – The Menara Gardens
are Marrakech’s most popular landscaped garden located to the west of the medina, They were established during the twelfth century around a lake, which was used to water the fruit and vegetables planted in the grounds. It was initially commissioned by Abd al-Mu’ min, leader of the Almohad movement. Later, the gardens were renovated in 1870.