Your travel guide to Marrakech
One of the most scenic cities in North Africa is Marrakech, which is nestled between the Sahara Desert and snowy Atlas Mountains. Pioneer through any of these areas on a guided tour or venture on foot around the bustling city. Either way, this imperial city is a must-see on your African adventure.
Marrakech has two different areas in the city, each one with their own distinct culture. Medina is the historical area of the city that allows you to bask in the African culture. As you explore the narrow streets and passageways, you will get an excellent idea of local life and see one-of-a-kind shops. The other area of Marrakech is Gueliz or Ville Nourvelle. Gueliz has many modern European influences and, therefore, contains many luxuries such as brand name stores and fast food restaurants.
Once you arrive by airplane or train, getting around the city is very easy. Like most major cities, there is a city bus that departs from Place Youssef Ben Tachfine and Djemaa El-Fna. The buses then have stops around many important tourist destinations, such as the gardens of Menara or the airport. Taxis are available in the city; however, many cab drivers are known for taking advantage of others. Caleche can also be hired at Square de Foucauld and offer a private, small horse-drawn carriage.
Whether you are hoping to spend a day learning about Moroccan culture or looking for the best bargains, Marrakech is an excellent stop on your African tour. Djemaa El-Fna is filled with live musicians and dancers that perform in the square. Another hot spot is El Bahia Palace, which was once home to 19th century noblemen. For picture-perfect olive groves and orchards, a trip to the Menara gardens is an unforgettable journey that only comes once in a lifetime.