East meets west in Marrakech and you'll be mesmerised by the sights and sounds of this fascinating city. Here's why you should go...
Visitors looking for a taste of Moroccan life should head to the Djemma el Fnaa Square to sample the traditional food and street life. In the evening, the square fills up with musicians, story-tellers and dancers eager to put on a show for tourists and locals alike.
Once you have arrived, it is easy to get around the city on foot. If you want to explore more distant attractions then you may want to make use of the city's bus system, or take a taxi. For a more romantic trip around the city, consider renting a Caleche (pronounced kutchee). This is a small horse-drawn carriage. Usually, the carriage drivers charge a flat fee per hour.
For a taste of history, head to the Saadian Tombs. These tombs were discovered only recently and the art work and tiles are incredibly well preserved. Another amazing historical sight is the ruins of the El Badi palace. The terrace offers a majestic view of the city and exploring the underground passageways is an interesting way to pass the afternoon.
The Dar Si Said Museum offers an interesting insight into the history of Morocco and in particular the traditional crafts of the region.
Other interesting attractions include the picturesque Marjorelle gardens and the attached Museum of Islamic Art, the gorgeous olive groves and orchards of the Menara Gardens, the Ben Youssef Madrassa (which is one of the largest Madrassas in North Africa) and the ornately decorated, imposing El Bahia Palace. Try to get to see the Koutobia Minaret.
If you prefer to head out of the city, a visit to the Rif Mountains of the Atlas Mountains will provide you with some amazing photography opportunities. The nearby oasis villages offer the perfect retreat for tourists looking to enjoy the Moroccan countryside and pleasant weather.