Make Marrakesh part of your tour of Morocco
With a unique combination of European and Arab cultures, there are few places in Africa quite like Morocco. Whether you enjoy a rich sense of history, compelling natural landscapes or a one-of-a-kind culture that permeates every inch of the country, there are many reasons why Morocco tours are among the most fulfilling travel experiences there are. Among its most appealing destinations is the centrally located Marrakesh. Although it may not have the name recognition of Tangier and Casablanca, there is much to do in Marrakesh, and it should certainly be included on the itinerary of your tour of Morocco.
Covering 12 acres in the heart of Marrakesh, Majorelle Garden is truly a sight to behold. The entrance resembles a traditional Moroccan door, but once you step through the threshold, it's a completely different world. The lush landscape was designed by famous French artist Jacques Majorelle, who created the garden during the 1920s and '30s. There are seemingly countless highlights as you make your way through the grounds, including several buildings painted in a rich blue named for Majorelle, an extensive cactus collection and even a museum dedicated to Islamic art.
One of Marrakesh's most distinctive features is its 19 city gates, which were built around 900 years ago as a way to fortify the city. Any of these impressive structures are worth checking out, but you should make a point to visit Bab Agnaou, perhaps the most famous of all the gates. Completed in the 12th century, Bab Agnaou is not only an imposing structure, but the intricate artwork along its corner pieces speaks to the impressive skill of the builders.
Not all of the top attractions of Marrakesh are appealing only because of their rich history, and Jamaa el-Fna is testament to that. The central hub of activity in the city, there's never a dull moment at Jamaa el-Fna, which has been the case for centuries. During the day, you can check out the many vendors that populate the square, and by nightfall it's a completely different experience. Once the sun sets, Jamaa el-Fna becomes populated by storytellers and food carts, providing a truly Moroccan experience that will surely leave a lasting impression.