Marrakech SIGHTSEEING

Marrakech SIGHTSEEING


Marrakech old medina is a high red-earth remparts surrounding flat area with a foretaste desert oasis that leads you pass anonymous doors and  twisting alleys. The legendery Jamaa Fna square has been an attraction since 11th century and it was until recently a favored place for desert and Mountain trade Caravans. At the present time it is a major tourist attraction in Marrakech among many other sightdeeings in the list below.

1-Saadians Tombs:

royal necropolis located inside the royal kasbah (citadel) district of Marrakech. Members of Saadi monarchy burried here including the famous Ahmad el-Mansour, the vectorious king. The mounement becomes one of major attraction in city. It desplays luxurious decoration and  extraordinary interior design from 16 th century.

2-Dar Si Said Museum

A beautiful riad located in riad zitoun el-Jdid. It was built by the brother of the the famous grand vizier who erected the Bahia Palace. The Museum exhibits a collection of Moroccan Arts including berber Jewellery, green and blue pottery, and richly decorated tribal carpets remind us of the luxurious life of the Moroccan Aristocrats in late 19th century.  The building has a nice riad garden with its early 11 th- century marble basin from Cordoba.


3-Majorelle Garden

A beautiful Garden in the modern destrict of Gueliz. It was once a home of the orientalist painter, Jacques Majorelle. The designer, Yves Saint Laurent, bought and restored the property in the last 4o years. The. Garden has a large collection of exotic plants and trees from the five continents mainly cactus, palms and bamboo. The Garden housed a small berber Museum displays hundreds of berber objects originating from Mountains and Sahara Desert.

4-Qubba al-Barudyyin

12th century Almoravids dome situated in  the heart of the medina opposite Marrakech Museum. The domed pavilion is the only remnants of Almoravid architecture and  extraordinarly decorated with carved stucco. It was served one time as a place of ablution for the nearby Ben yousef mosque .

5-Ben Yousef Medrasa

The Ben Yousef Medrasa is the biggest quranic school in Morocco, built by the Saadi  Sultan Abdellah in the 16th century. The Medrasa desplays a fine andalusian architecture features archways, carved stucco with arabesques, sebka, calligraphic inscriiptions with stalactite as well as distinctly Saadian -era motifes such as pine cones.

6-The Mellah Quarter

It is one of the main commercial areas in the city of Marrakech. The Jewish community lived here since 16th century and in 1940 they reached 40 000 people. Today, only few hundreds remain, most of whom live in the modern destrict of Marrakech. In the Mellah, Visiters can descover the Sephardic Jews synagogue and the Jews Cemetry  that is full of hestory.

7-Jemaa el-Fnaa

It is  a world famous UNESCO Heritage site of Marrakech. The name " JemaaFna" refers to public executions and decapitations of criminals in the hestory. The square was also known for goods exchange beteen trade-caravans. Today the square attracts both locals and visiters to entertain themselves with open air shaws of acrobats, and berber musicians,  with trying street food and get lost in the local markets.

8-Traditional  Houses

Moroccan houses are traditionally inward focus which allowed for family privacy and protection from weather. We can call a traditional house  a riad when it contains a central garden OR a Dar when it has a simple interior courtyard. The Mouassine Museum is an example of a traditional Dar from 16th century. However, there are many riads in Marrakech.

9-The Mamounia Garden

located inside the famous Hotel with  the same name. The garden offers a tranquil space to refresh from the hastles of the medina. It florishes olive and orange trees, with flower beds and different kinds of flora.

10-Menara Garden

Built in the 12th century under the Almouhads. It is a plot of land covered with cultivated olive trees. In the center is a large water basin originally built by Almouhads which collects water for the garden through underground canals. In the southern part, a small beautiful pavilion erected in 19th century, will get you an extraordinary views with the high atlas Mountains