North Africa’s darling city is a melting pot of culture, beauty, religion, flavour and colour. Get to know one of Africa’s top destinations.
One day we will all be allowed to travel again, and when that day comes, we bet that many of you will be looking at destinations on the continent for your next holiday. One frequent favourite that tends to pop up on many African travel bucket lists is the dazzling city of Marrakesh.
Marrakesh is Morroco’s fourth largest city but it has arguably grabbed the most attention as a tourism hotspot in the last decade. Let’s find out why:
Marrakesh (sometimes spelt Marrakech – its French spelling) is an ancient Morrocan city lying at the foot of the Atlas mountains. It serves as one of Africa’s biggest economic hubs and has been pushed as a tourist destination by the current king of Morroco, Mohammed VI, who wants to see 20 million tourists visiting the country each year. It’s home to some of the most lavish hotels on the continent, as well as around 18 souks (An arab market place) where you can pick up unique threads, delicious foods and wholesome spices and fragrances.
What makes it special?
It is truly one of the most unique locations on the planet, and visitors would be hard pressed to compare to any other city. It is an artist’s delight, bursting with colour at every turn and a glimpse of beauty around every corner. The city is home to the Medina of Marrakesh, an official UNESCO site and home to some artistic features as the Bahia Palace, the Kotoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs. The Medina is a symbol of traditional Moroccan lifestyle and the city seems to boast centuries of knowledge into its vibrant walls.
What can tourists do?
You can do everything from visiting majestic palaces such as the Bahia Palace, or taking a trip through the desert sand on camel back.
The souks and palaces are incredible, but what is rarely spoken about is Marrakesh’s appeal as a winter destination.
Toubkal National Park is home to the largest mountain in North Africa as well as seven other mountain peaks. In the winter expect weather that changes rapidly and drops below freezing with heavy snow fall. During this time, you can downhill ski at Oukaimden.
What do others have to say?
Marrakesh is an Instagrammer’s dream and many African travellers have sent their regards from the red city: