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Marrakech
Marrakech is not only a fantastic city, it is also a symbol of the Morocco that once was, and which still survives here. The streets of the old and pink city have been too narrow to allow the introduction of cars, and tourists searching for the "real" Morocco have turned the medieval structures of Marrakech into good business. The hordes of tourists that come here all through the year have still not managed to change its character. Actually they contribute in a positive way to preserve one of the greatest monuments of Morocco. And Moroccans all over the country would not let down an opportunity of visiting the city they call "City of Happiness" (or "Bahja" in Arabic).

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Djemma el Fna Market

The market at Djemma el Fna is the cultural heart of Marrakech, and a visit to this chaotic market square feels like taking a step back in time. During the day it’s a great place to grab a bargain from one of the many stalls, while in the evening it really comes to life, as traders arrive from all over the city to sell their wares. You’ll see fakirs, snake charmers, healers, storytellers and musicians… not to mention a fantastic array of food stalls, where you’ll be able to sample some of the famous Moroccan cuisine.

The Souks

A souk is a covered market stall, which takes its influence from the markets of North Africa. In the Old Medina Quarter of Marrakech, you’ll find streets upon streets lined with souks, selling everything from livestock to silk, as well as souvenirs and household goods. If you’re not afraid to haggle, you’ll be sure to bag a bargain!

Majorelle Gardens

These ornamental gardens were built in the 1920s, by the French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle. Here you can unwind in the picturesque settings, where your senses will be assailed by a plethora of colours, shapes and scents. The gardens also house the Museum of Islamic Art.

Jardin Bio-aromatique de l’Ourika

One of the most original gardens of Marrakesh is the Jardin Bio-Aromatique de l’Ourika.

It has been created by Professor Jalil Belkamel who is a passionate and sympathetic teacher, a consultant and a researcher specialized in the study of essential oils.

The garden is like no other one. It is a very natural and beautiful place. The one hectare area has been divided in areas planted with different species (more than 50) of aromatic and medicinal plants.

The garden has been above all designed to teach visitors how to look at plants, to distinguish them, to recognize their scent, to taste them infused or served in traditional Moroccan dishes…

Visitors can attend workshops, and take guided or non-guided tours, lasting from two hours to two days.

Botanists, nature-lovers, those with green thumbs, and those interested in aromatherapy or eco-tourism will never want to leave!

The Jardin Bio-aromatique de l’Ourika is located 35 kilometres south east from Marrakesh, in the Ourika valley. Fore more information about the visits

El Badii Palace

The Badi' Palace is located in the north-east of the kasba of Marrakesh. It was constructed between 1578 and 1594 to serve as the diplomatic palace of Sa'did Sharif Ahmad al-Mansur (reg. 1578-1603). The name of the palace derives from "al-Badi," one of the ninety-nine names of God given in the Koran, which means "the incomparable." While the palace was widely acknowledged in its time as a spectacular architectural achievement, it was plundered for its rich decorative materials only a century after its construction.

La medersa Ben Youssef

Bijou architectural arabo-andalouse, la medersa Ben Youssef est l'un des monuments les plus visités par les touristes en voyage à marrakech. Elle a été édifiée par le sultan saadien Abdellah Al Ghalib en 1570.

Sa dénomination vient par contre du nom du sultan Almoravide Ali Ben Youssef. La medersa a fait office pendant quatre siècles d'une université coranique et d'un foyer d'accueil des étudiants. Il y est enseigné plusieurs sciences. Mais la théologie s'accaparait la part du lion de son programme.

Une fois sur place prenez le temps d'admirer les balustrades ciselées, les murs finement ornementés de motifs délicats et impressionnant. Marbre, bois de cèdre et stuc ciselé,  tout a été employé pour rendre cet édifice plus majestueux.

Disposant de 132 chambres, la medersa Ben Youssef pouvait accueillir des centaines d'étudiants. Malgré sa restauration en1950, elle garde toujours son plan quadrilatère.

L'entrée à la medersa Ben Youssef est à 50 dhs. Préférez l'achat  du billet de 60 dhs qui vous permettra l'accès à la la Koubba Almoravide qui est juste en Face mais aussi au Palais M’Nebhi, qui est tout proche aussi, ce dernier accueille aujourd’hui le Musée de Marrakech.

Mosquée la Koutoubia

La mosquée la Koutoubia se situe au nord du boulevard Mohamed V, près du consulat de France qui était la maison de BA HMAD. Le nom de la Koutoubia semble dériver de « kutubiyyun », en référence à un souk de libraires qui existait à proximité du site de la mosquée. C’est un joyau de l’art des almohades, date du XIIe siècle qui s’élève sur le site d’un palais almoravide, Ksar El Hajar, « Palais des pierres », détruit par les nouveaux maîtres de Marrakech en 1147.
La koutoubia est construite en deux phases par le Abdelmoumen en 1157 et 1163. Son minaret est l’un des merveilleux monuments de l’Islam. Erigé en pierre de taille, il comporte, à l’intérieur, non pas un escalier, mais une rampe qui permet d’accéder à des salles couvertes de coupoles ainsi qu’à son sommet. Sa hauteur est de 77 m. Il comporte des registres décoratifs sur les façades supérieures faits de carreaux de céramique verte et blanche. La mosquée a une forme carrée de 218 m comportant 7 travées.
La Koutoubia a abrité un minbar, récemment restauré et exposé au palais Badiâ. Ce minbar, chef-d’œuvre de l’art islamique, a été exécuté à Cordoue sur l’ordre du sultan almoravide Ali Ben Youssef (1106-1143). Il fut transféré dans sa mosquée à Marrakech. Les Almohades le mirent à la Koutoubia dans laquelle il fonctionna jusqu’aux années 1960.

El Bahia Palace

If you’re interested in classical Moroccan architecture, then this palace should be high on your list of places to visit. It features breathtaking designs, with arches and ornate engravings, and is still in use by the royal family.