- Place Jemaa el Fna "- Hauptplatz von Marrakesch
- Ali Ben Youssef Medersa (Madrasa) und Moschee
- Musée de Marrakech
- Koubba el Badiyyin
- El Bahia Palast
- Märkte - die Süqs
- Majorelle Gärten und das Museum für Islamische Kunst
- Stadtmauern von Marrakesch
- Palais Dar Si Saïd (Museum für marokkanische Kunst)
Der Hauptplatz Djemaa el Fna "(oder wie von Französisch Djemma el Fna transliteriert) ist wirklich das Herz von Marrakesch. Es ist ein großer zentraler Platz in der Altstadt (Medina) und während des Tages, ist es ein perfekter Ort, um einen frisch gepressten Orangensaft und eine Handvoll Datteln zu greifen. Am Ende des Nachmittags verwandelt sich die Djemaa el Fna in ein Paradies der Entertainer - wenn Sie sich für Schlangenbeschwörung, Jonglage, Musik und diese Art der Sache interessieren. Imbissbudenserden mit Ständen, die etwas Erheblicheres anbieten ersetzt und das Quadrat wird sehr lebendig mit Unterhaltung, die kaum seit dem Mittelalter verändert hat.
Es gibt viele Cafes im Platz Djemma el Fna wovon Sie eingen guten Blick auf den Platz geben und wo Wie sich Sie entspannen können und die Welt beobachten, wenn Sie müde von den Massendrängeln unten sind. Seien Sie bereit, um Geld gebeten zu werden, wenn Sie Fotos von den Darstellern nehmen wollen oder wenn Sie stoppen, um die Unterhaltung zu sehen.
The Madrassa (or Medersa as transliterated from French) was a Koranic school (the university of the day) built in the 16th century by the Saadians and could house up to 900 religious students. The architecture is beautifully preserved and you can explore the tiny rooms where the students used to live. The mosque is adjacent to the Madrassa.
A visit to the Madrassa ben Youssef can be combined with a trip to the museum, which is in a palace built in the late 19th century for Mehdi Mnebbi, a former Moroccan defense minister and ambassador to Britain. Post-independence, the palace was taken over by the state and gradually fell into disrepair before being privately restored and reopening in 1997 as the museum. The former palace now houses temporary contemporary art exhibitions (some pieces are for sale) in what were the palace kitchens, as well as permanent displays of traditional arts and crafts in what were the main hall and the now-restored hammam. The building's centerpiece is a peaceful covered inner courtyard with a towering brass chandelier hung above a central fountain. There is a small cafe and a bookshop in the entrance courtyard.
Across the square in front of the Ali ben Youssef mosque is the Koubba el Badiyin, the sole surviving structure of the city's Almoravid founders other than the mudbrick city walls.
A combined ticket gives same-day access to the Medersa, Museum, and Koubba el Badiyin.
The Medersa, Musée de Marrakech and the Kouba el Badiyin is a 1-minute walk from Riad Chi-Chi.
This palace is a wonderful example of the best of Moroccan architecture. There's lots of detail, arches, light, engravings and what's more it was built as a harem's residence, which makes it even more interesting. The palace is open daily with a break for lunch although it is closed when the royal family visits.
The suqs (or souqs) are basically undercover markets that sell everything from chickens to high-quality crafts. The suqs of Marrakech are considered to be among the best in Morocco, so if you like shopping and bargaining you'll enjoy yourself tremendously. Even if you don't like shopping, the souqs are a cultural experience you wouldn't want to miss. Souqs are divided into small areas that specialize in a certain good or trade. The metal workers all have their little shops clustered together, as do the tailors, butchers, jewellers, wool dyers, spice merchants, carpet salesmen and so on.
The suqs are situated north of the Jemaa el Fna' and finding your way around the narrow alleyways can be a bit tricky. Guides are plentiful in Marrakech, so you can always use those services, but getting lost in the chaos is also part of the fun. It's often more interesting to peek in to souqs where local wares are being produced, than to be taken to yet another carpet shop by your guide. If you get lost, just ask for directions back to the Jemma el Fna'.
In the 1920's, French artists Jacques and Louis Majorelle created a stunning garden in the middle of Marrakech's new town. The Majorelle gardens are filled with color, plants of all shapes and sizes, flowers, fish ponds and perhaps the most pleasing aspect, tranquility. The designer Yves Saint Laurent now owns the gardens and has also built himself a house on the property. The building that gets most of the attention however is the bright blue and yellow building the Marjorelles used as their studio and which now houses the Museum of Islamic Art. This small museum includes some good examples of Moroccan tribal art, carpets, jeweler, and pottery.
The gardens and museum are open daily with a 2 hour lunch break from 12-2pm.
The Saadian dynasty ruled much of southern Morocco during the 16th and 17th centuries. Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour created these tombs for himself and his family in the late 16th century, 66 of them are buried here. The tombs were sealed up rather than destroyed in the 17th century and were only re-discovered in 1917. Consequently they are beautifully preserved and the intricate mosaic is stunning. Despite being situated in the heart of the somewhat hectic old town (medina) the tombs are surrounded by a nice peaceful garden.
The tombs are open daily except Tuesday. It's advisable to get there early and avoid the tour groups.
The walls of the medina have been standing since the 13th century and make for a wonderful early morning stroll. Each gate is a work of art in themselves and the walls run for twelve miles. The Bab ed-Debbagh gate is the entry point for the tanneries and provides an excellent photo opportunity full of vivid colors from the dyes used. It is a little smelly though.
A great way to see the ramparts is to take a horse and carriage ride. Late afternoon when you still want to see things but are tired, hire a carriage and ride in state around the ramparts.
A palace and museum in one and well worth a visit. The palace is opulent and beautiful in itself with a lovely courtyard where you can relax and take some pictures. The museum's displays are well laid out and include jewelery, costumes, ceramics, daggers and other artifacts. The museum is open daily with a couple of hours break for lunch.