If I had to describe this city in one word, I would say COLOURFUL. Never have I set foot in a place with as much energy and vibrancy as Marrakech. Want culture shock? Then this is the place for you. For those of you who don’t know, Marrakech is one of the largest cities in Morocco, a country situated in North Africa to the west of Algeria. Marrakech is home to just under 1 million people and a popular tourist destination due to the many beautiful mosques, enchanting palaces and thriving marketplaces known as souks.
There are many amazing things to do in Marrakech. If you love history, you must visit the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian tombs. Each destination should be visited with a tour guide who can give detailed explanations and an understanding of the importance behind these significant sites. You can easily book one from your hotel for a good price.
Bahia Palace is situated near the Medina. If you are interested in art and design, you will love the unique detail this Palace has to offer. Each room is full of colours and exquisite lavishness. You will also find small gardens scattered around the palace. It was built in the 19th century with the hope of it becoming the greatest Palace of all times and to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. It is still used by the royal family from time to time but is mainly for the tourists who wish to learn about the history of Marrakech.
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech and is a sacred building in which the locals use to worship their god. It is situated southwest of the Medina quarter and is an enchanting site to visit due to the creative architecture. Five times a day you will hear the call to prayer from atop of the mosque. Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed inside, however you are still able to admire the beauty from outside.
The Saadian Tombs date back to the time of the Sultan (1578), but they were only discovered in 1917. They are a popular tourist destination due to the beautiful decoration and the authentic history. As it is a popular site, there are usually long lines during peak tourist season. The tombs are located in Rue de La Kasbah just outside Marrakech, therefore you will need to take a taxi.