Wanting to travel somewhere new, different, cheap, and exciting? Why not spice things up and head to the land of camels and charming cobras: Marrakech, Morocco.
Marrakech is the fourth largest city in the country, originally inhabited by Berber farmers, and since that time has quickly transformed itself into the trade, cultural and religious centre of sub-Saharan Africa.
Djemma el Fina
This is the centre of the city, since medieval times when the area was named Medina this square has been alive with entertainment and food stalls. Whether you want a pleasant afternoon overlooking the hustle and bustle at a café, or whether you want to get involved in the live performances of juggling, music and snake charming you are guaranteed a good time.
Majorelle Gardens and the Museum of Islamic Art
Two French artists by the names Jacques and Louis Majorelle crafted this inspiring garden in the 1920’s. Currently owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, you will find yourself in a sanctuary of tranquility, filled with water, and all forms of flora. One large splash of colour comes from the now Museum of Islamic Art, which houses pottery, tribal art and carpets, this museum was once owned by the creators of the garden as a studio.
Any shopping lover would know what the souks entail, it is a bargainers dream come true, in the case of Marrakech’s souks they are said to be the best in Morocco, with the likes of high-quality craft products, lamps that look they are straight out of Aladdin, spices, glassware, ceramics and ethnic jewellery. When it comes to the souks it is best to just absorb the chaos and culture happening around you. There is a certain atmosphere once you immerse yourself in the consuming energy that will leave you mesmorised and rich in experience.
As you can tell Marrakech is one place you simply must visit once in your lifetime, the absolute madness and business of this city will make you confused, yet grateful you could have the chance to wonder through this Islamic treasure.
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By Amy Miller