Located at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the ancient capital of Morocco, Marrakech, is charming and captivating. Walks in the Jem al-Fna square, excursions to the tombs of the Saadid dynasty, the museum of folk crafts Dar Si-Said, Menard gardens, palaces of El Bahya and El Badi - this is what will surely captivate every tourist. Perhaps the most picturesque places of the city are dyes and markets. What amazing things can not be found here. After seeing the main attractions of Marrakech, rent a car and go on excursions in the area.
Marrakech-Menara Airport ( Marrakesh Menara Airport then ) - scheme
At Marrakech Airport, rental services are provided by the following companies: Aircar, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Flizzr, Goldcar, Green Motion, Hertz, Hire Group, Interrent, Locationauto, Mex, Right Cars, Sixt, Thrifty, Wanalou. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. There is a parking zone near the airport.
Ksibat Nhass www.palais-el-badi.com
Walking along the old part of the city you should definitely visit the El Badi Palace, built at the end of the 16th century. Once it was one of the most luxurious palaces, decorated with rare types of marble, gold, precious woods. The Sultan loved luxury, so the courtyard and all 360 rooms were decorated and decorated with unique splendor. After the capital was moved to another city, the palace was empty and a decade was plundered. Today, tourists have the opportunity to stroll through the once luxurious territory, inspect the remains of the baths, peek through the windows where the servants once lived. Climbing to the observation deck, you can see part of the inner territory of the palace, the main mosque of the city of Koutoubia and the houses of the old part of the city.
5 Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid www.palais-bahia.com
Rent a car and go on an excursion to one of the magnificent palaces of Marrakech - Bahia Palace. Built for one of the four wives of the harem, Bu Ahmed Sidi Moussa, at first glance it does not seem noticeable. However, the interior decoration at the same time strikes with a luxurious finish. Interestingly, the rooms are located on the principle of a maze, and the courtyards - so that concubines, walking around the house, do not meet.
One of the most crowded and at the same time picturesque places of the city is Jem El Fna Square. As far back as the 10th century, up to 50 people were executed here daily, after having previously tortured them. Today it is one of the most popular places for walking. On the square there are numerous shops with spices, vans where you can buy fruits, herbs, orange juice. Water-carriers in bright dresses walk right there, and cobra tamers arrange exciting activities.
The history of the Koutoubia mosque began in the 12th century. It is considered the largest African mosque with bright decoration and colorful stucco molding. Muslims can go inside and enjoy the traditional decoration, non-Muslims are not allowed. Tourists have the opportunity to look at the magnificent building from the outside, take a walk along the pedestrian roads and the magnificent garden. A lot of legends and legends walk around the mosque. One of them - if you make a wish at the full moon, when you see the reflection of the golden balls of the mosque on the moon, it will certainly come true.
Marrakech les jardin de la menara
If all the main attractions of Marrakech are inspected, go to a calm and secluded place - Menara Gardens. On the territory grow fruit trees, palm trees, olives. Having glanced into the pavilion, it will turn out to enjoy panoramas of the top of the Atlas and the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque. At sunset, the place takes on a completely romantic look. Many legends are associated with this place, one of them says that the treasures that the Sultan hid here after military campaigns are stored on the territory of the gardens. It will be most convenient to get to the gardens by renting a car.
You can get into the heart of the Moroccan film industry by going to the town of Ouarzazate. The futuristic look is intertwined with the medieval one - this attracts the creators of films. Arriving on a one-day excursion, it is worth visiting the medieval fortress and taking a walk along the streets of the Medina. Of course, it’s worth a glimpse into the Museum of Cinema and find out the whole history of “Wallywood. Atlas Film Studio is another must-see place. Scenery for popular films located on an area of 150 hectares will definitely not leave indifferent any tourist. The town is replete with both eateries and excellent restaurants, there are plenty of options to have dinner here. On the central square and Mohammed V Avenue there are many souvenir shops with amazing gizmos.
Another town that Hollywood directors did not pass by was Ait Benhaddu. The main attraction is the medieval Ksar fortress. Outside, the so-called castle is fortified with massive red walls, a local settlement lives on its territory. Built in the XI century, the fortress is under the protection of UNESCO. Surprisingly, the attraction was so well preserved, walking, it seems that another caravan is about to leave the corner. You should definitely go up to the top of the hill to see the unique panoramas of the Atlas Mountains and the local settlement. Here, on a hill, there is an old mausoleum in which the hermit rests, in whose honor the town is named. Ait Benhaddu has a good selection of hotels, if you wish, you can stay a couple of days.
Having rented a car, go on an excursion to the town of M'Hamid. The place is extremely colorful and not without a special romance. It is at this point that paved roads end and caravan tours leave for the Sahara desert. Experienced tourists can go on a safari on their own, for those who doubt their driving skills or just want to relax on the road, it is better to use the services of professionals. By the way, some routes will run through remote settlements, so it will also be possible to see how people live, literally divorced from civilization.
For a relaxing holiday with your family, you can go for a few days to the resort of Oulidia. Among the places worth visiting are the fortress and the Royal Villa. Relaxing in the lagoon, you can rent a boat and go to the other side, where you can spend time in private. At local offices you can book fishing excursions or watch oysters being harvested and cooked. Ualidia is the habitat of a huge number of birds. Watching storks, flamingos, herons, waders can also be a kind of adventure.
A 3-hour drive from Marrakech, right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is the town of El Jadida. Once it was the place of filming of popular films and not casual. Moroccan and European motifs are wonderfully intertwined in architecture. Coloring - that one! Among the main attractions of the city that are worth seeing for every tourist are 4 bastions (the Holy Spirit, St. Antoine, St. Sebastian, the Angel), which are perfectly preserved and are of great value to the city. City Square is a popular place among locals and tourists. Having examined it, it is worth looking into the Church of the Assumption and the ancient mosque. For those who want a secluded time in a quiet place on the ocean, it is worth visiting Sidi Bouzid Beach.
Place 16 Novembre www.16cafe.com
For a hearty breakfast in Marrakech, 16 Cafe is perfect. The interior is made in European style, the menu also has a good selection of European dishes. It is worth trying snacks, desserts and coffee. For those who have some kind of nutritional restrictions, a good selection of dishes is also presented. To choose something for sure to your liking, you should ask the waiter for advice. Weather permitting, you can sit outside on the terrace. The most convenient way to get to 16 Cafe is by car.
Roti D'or is a great option for a quick bite to eat. The institution is especially popular with locals. Its highlight is that everything is quickly cooked and served quickly. Plus, Roti D'or is located near the main square, finding a place is easy. The staff is very polite, happy to talk about each dish. There are always a lot of people here, so even if there is nowhere to sit down, after waiting just 10 minutes, there will be free space. In extreme cases, everything ordered can be taken with you.
8, Derb Chorfa Lakbir, Mouassine www.dar-cherifa.com
Looking for an atmospheric place for lunch? Take a peek at Dar Cherifa. The menu offers Moroccan and African dishes. The first thing that impresses is a huge hall with high ceilings, a traditional interior and dim lights. All this gives some mystery. Mosaic from salads, vegetarian couscous, briouats, lamb tajine are beyond praise. The staff is friendly and competent, you won’t have to wait long for the order.
186, rue El Gza Arset lhiri Bab Doukkala - Marrakech, 186 Rue el Gza latitude31marrakech.com
When traveling in a rented car, take the time to visit the heavenly place Latitude31. In appearance - nothing unusual. All the most interesting is revealed when guests enter the courtyard. Tables are located under the crowns of trees, even in the hottest weather it is cool and cozy here. It is worth trying a lamb cooked according to the chef's signature recipe, snacks, chocolate dessert, wine. As a bonus to a pleasant pastime - excellent service.
Angle rue Ibn Aicha et, 28 Rue Moulay Ali www.libzar.com
Looking for a delicious restaurant for dinner? Libzar is one of the best places where you can enjoy a romantic setting and delicious dishes. The menu offers Moroccan cuisine, while for vegetarians a separate section has been developed. It is worth trying Moroccan salads, several types of tagines, briouy cocktail, and traditional cakes. Some dishes are prepared according to the chef's signature recipes, which, by the way, often goes into the hall and asks visitors if everything was to their taste.
Derb Lalla Chacha
+212 5243-75085 www.dar-najat.com double room - from € 78
Looking for a comfortable hotel at an average price? Riad Dar Najat - perfect for this occasion. It is located in the city center, but at the same time no extraneous noise will interfere with your vacation. The apartments are spacious and cosily decorated. In the morning, a hearty breakfast is served to suit all tastes. For tips on delicious restaurants and non-tourist places, you can safely contact the staff. A shuttle service is also available.
34 Sidi Ayoub 40,000, Derb El Arsa
+212 5243-86939 www.riad-menzeh-marrakech.com double room - from € 82
If value for money is important to you when choosing a hotel, stop by Riad Menzeh. The first thing that catches your eye is a cozy and beautifully designed interior. The staff works hard to ensure that each guest is satisfied. They respond quickly to any questions and requests, so no matter what the situation, you can safely seek help. The restaurant offers a wide menu with national dishes. If you don’t want to go out in the evening, you can have dinner here. For tourists, a rental car is equipped with free parking.
Circuit de la palmeraie
+212 5243-34343 www.palmeraieresorts.com/hotel/hotel-du-golf double room - from € 122
Those who appreciate comfort should take a look at Hotel Du Golf. It is located away from noisy streets, this is a great place for complete privacy and a relaxing pastime. Golf courses and several restaurants are located on site. The rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished, the staff tries to please every guest as much as possible, paying attention to the little things. It offers a fitness center, spa, pool, shuttle service.
Azbetz, 10 Derb Lferrane
double room - from € 144
For lovers of hiking, Riad Karmela is ideal. The old town and all the main attractions can be reached in minutes. The interior is made in traditional Moroccan motifs, the hotel is atmospheric and cozy. What is the orange garden, in which in the morning you can enjoy drinking coffee, enjoying the aroma of trees and light coolness. There is a rooftop restaurant with a wide selection of dishes. As a bonus - a beautiful view of the city.
Avenue Mohammed VI, Zone Touristique Agdal
+212 5243-90500 albakechhouse.com double room - from € 81
Want to feel what Moroccan hospitality is? Choose your Albakech House. It is located on a quiet street a short drive from the center. For leisure guests equipped with a patio with a swimming pool and sunbeds - a kind of oasis of calm. The owner of the hotel personally checks whether the guests are comfortable, and the staff, in turn, does everything possible to brighten up the rest. If you plan to travel by renting a car, you can use the free parking.
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