From the moment you arrive in Marrakech, you will discover that this city is not like others. You’ll realize that the Marrakech with its Palaces is like any other places you’ve seen before. Don’t worry if a sense of forgetfulness comes over you. Within the first few hours, because that’s pretty normal for new tourists.
Marrakesh is a maze of streets, alleyways, and courtyards that could be mistaken for a maze at first glance! In actual fact, you’re probably better off without directions in this city. However, getting lost is probably the best way to stumble upon some of the most historical and architectural greats to have ever graced the Moroccan capital.
From the break of dawn to sunset, Marrakesh never stops moving! The people in this city are continuously on their feet. From the street vendors whisking up some early morning African cuisine to the souk salesmen. Trying to grab that last-minute deal before the curtain comes down over the city. Snake charmers will be a regular sight too, as well as potion brewers and cattle tradesmen. There’s so much to see and do in Marrakesh that it’s hard to know where to start. However, if you’re thinking of taking a trip to the city in the near future. Here are some of the must-visit historical places of interest that will really make your trip much better.
El-Badi Palace Marrakech
El-Badi Palace – or the incomparable palace when translated. One of the oldest monuments in Marrakesh, built-in 1578 by Saadian king Ahmad al-Mansur. Visited by millions every year, the El-Badi Palace really is a sight to behold. Records show that when it was first built it was home to over 360 rooms. Showered in gold for the king to entertain all his guests. Held every June, the palace is also the host of the annual festival of Moroccan folklore. So if you’re thinking of visiting the city next summer. Be sure to search for Cheapflights to Marrakesh before the prices are driven up.
The Koutoubia Mosque
The minaret at the top of the Koutoubia Mosque is the highest in the city. It is used by tourists and locals alike as a reference for direction. Not only is this wonderful landmark one of the most iconic in Morocco. But it is also steeped in history, used as an architectural and design blueprint for many of the city’s other ancient mosques.
Bahia Palace Marrakech
Compared to many of the other ancient palaces in Marrakesh, the Bahia Palace is fairly new. The place was built in the late 19th century. Noted for its extensive and beautiful gardens. Bahia Palace was built for the highest of guests, with spectacular patio gardens, tiled floors, and cedarwood ceilings. It’s no surprise that ‘Bahia’ translates as ‘brilliance’.
The Saadian Tombs
Dating back to the 15th century, these tombs are not only one of the city’s greatest historical attractions. But also one of Morocco’s biggest archaeological finds. Uncovered in 1917, it took many years of restoration by the Beaux-arts Service to get the tombs back to their original glory. However, once the restoration was complete, it was clear that the amount of intricate and beautiful Islamic decoration inside was extensive. This is a sight not to be missed when visited Marrakesh!