Jemaa el-Fnaa outdoor market in Marrakesh
History-Buffs Will Love Visiting This City In Africa
Marrakech is a thriving modern metropolis with a world-famous and historic medina in Morocco. The bustling old town is surrounded by over 19 kilometers of ancient fortified walls.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, the 11th-century Medina contains some of Marrakech's most precious sites, such as the landmark tower, the Koutoubia Mosque.
Koutoubia Mosque is symbolic and one of Morocco's most beautiful places of worship. Also within the Medina walls are the ornately decorated Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace.
See essential examples of Islamic architecture at the 14th-century Ben Youssef Madrasa school and the Saadian Tombs, an opulent mausoleum with colored tiles and intricate carvings.
For a slice of centuries-old Marrakech tradition, visit the open-air tanneries, where leatherworkers still use age-old, though notoriously smelly, techniques.
While exploring souks and flea markets, try the time-honored tradition of haggling. It's a part of everyday life for Moroccans, and if you hold firm, you might land a deal.
The city's world-famous market square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, is an 11th-century venue that formerly hosted public executions but is now the city's top tourist attraction.
Visitors can see snake charmers, dancers, musicians, have their fortune told, or get a henna tattoo. In the evening, hundreds of restaurants and food stalls offer Moroccan cuisine.