Marrakech – 5 Must See’s for 2016

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Marrakech really is an amazing holiday destination. This city is a very cosmopolitan place with a rich and varied culture. You could go back year after year and still not experience everything that the city has to offer.

Here are our top five must see attractions whilst holidaying in Marrakech:

The Jardin Majorelle

The French artist Jacques Majorelle designed this fantastic 12-acre botanical garden. This beautiful garden is a riot of colour with rare flowers planted to blend in with the Moorish and art deco features, which have been built throughout the grounds.

Heritage Spa and Hammam Rosa Bonheur

No visit to Marrakech would be complete without a visit to one of the many spas. A spa treatment is a wonderful way to relax and recharge your batteries. There are dozens of these spas in Marrakech, but some really do stand out from the rest.

A family or couples massage and a meal at the Hammam Rosa Bonheur is a great way for you to experience a traditional Moroccan spa. The romantic deal at the Heritage Spa is also a wonderful package. Les Bains de Marrakech is another popular spa that offers a traditional scrub followed by an oil massage, which shouldn’t be missed.

Jemaa el-Fnaa

This is the main tourist square in the city, so if you want to see a snake charmer, trained monkeys or buy a trinket, then this is the place to go. There are all kinds of street performers to distract you and plenty of great photo opportunities.

The square is an intense experience, but one that you really do not want to miss. There are a lot of stalls here, so you can pick up something interesting, but be prepared to haggle and for stallholders to press you to buy.

If you prefer a slightly less intense shopping experience, the souks are a better idea. Some of the most interesting are the ones that are dedicated to one product niche.

The carpet souk is unusual and the slipper souk is very colourful and surprisingly interesting. Perhaps the best place for a bargain is the Bab El Khemis souk. It is a bit out of the way and smaller than most, but well worth a visit.

Badi Palace

The former glory of this sprawling Sultan’s palace shines through as you walk through the ruins. You will get lost in both time and space in this enchanting labyrinth of subterranean rooms and tombs. The onsite museum is interesting and brings the story of the palace to life. Visiting the palace is also a chance to get away from the often-frenetic city.

Ben Youssef Madrasa

If you want to see the most beautiful building in Marrakech, the Ben Youssef Madrasa is the place for you. From the outside, it looks small, but once you get inside it is far bigger, a bit like a tardis. After the craziness of the nearby souk, it is literally like stepping into another world, a calm and tranquil oasis. The morning is the best time to experience this wonderful building to avoid lunchtime crowds.

Do not forget to enjoy the local cuisine

Visiting and experiencing these beautiful and interesting sights in Marrakech is a must, but make sure that you take the time to also enjoy the local cuisine. Make sure you try some local specialities, such as a proper mint tea and a traditional Moroccan meal. The cuisine of Morocco is varied and appeals to most tastes, so you are really missing out if you do not try at least one traditional meal whilst you are staying in the city.

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