Every destination has its big-hitters and Marrakesh isn’t short of fascinating attractions. Here are five things you shouldn’t miss on your trip:
1. Lose yourself in the medina
A sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells, the medieval medina is a maze of narrow streets, where Africa’s most famous square, the Jemaa el Fna, holds a nightly circus of musicians, snake charmers and storytellers that never fails to entertain.
2. Shop-till-you-drop in the souks
The labyrinthine passageways of the souks are devoted to everything from fragrant spices to leather bags, slippers to carpets; with artisans weaving, hammering or carving out their various wares.
3. Marvel at the Ben Youssef Medersa
Mosques may not be open to non-Muslims but one of the city’s most historic religious sites is: the Ben Youssef Medersa, a 14th-century centre of Islamic study, resplendent in ornate stucco and dazzling zellij tiles.
4. Stroll around the Jardin Majorelle
Created by French artist Jaques Majorelle in 1925, the garden and its cobalt-blue house were later bought by French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Go early to enjoy the small Berber museum, exotic flora, lily ponds and shady pathways of this mini oasis, minus the crowds.
5. Step back in time at the Maison de la Photographie
Head to this cool riad gallery displaying a fascinating collection of vintage Moroccan photography, before a mint tea in the courtyard café, drinking in the views over the medina.