Epicurean and spiritual, humble and proud, pious and nocturnal, traditional and avant-garde, cosmopolitan and mysterious, Marrakesh the oldest and youngest of the imperial cities of the Kingdom, has for a thousand years made its honey of the many influences that have crossing and still feeding, at the gates of Europe, between mountain, desert and ocean, the oasis city of the great south, city of adorned art of incomparable finery of palaces and monuments, continues, with a confusing virtuosity, to make the synthesis between the past and the present; it is a symbol of well-being and sweetness of life, has built its legendary hospitality into an authentic lifestyle sought and appreciated by travelers from around the world.

HISTORY OF THE CITY

Founded 1000 years ago, Marrakech has an incredible and uncommon history, marked by the brilliant periods of its history; today it retains a rich cultural heritage. It is up to us then to dive deeper into the periods that fascinate us.

THE ALMORAVID DYNASTY

THE ALMOHAD DYNASTY

Marrakesh is one of the most beautiful cities that we know; comparable only to Baghdad. It is large and well built, surrounded by its massive ramparts and has an abundant bazaar with all kinds of things. We see palaces, madrasas and magnificent mosques whose chief, called the Mosque of the Booksellers (kutubiyin), presents the highest minaret from which one can see the city in its entirety to the snowy mountains.” (Ibn Battuta (1304-1369 – Traveller and Arab geographer)
After seven centuries, the description of the poet still seems topical.

Marrakesh is the first tourist destination of Morocco. This magical imperial city has always been the great Southern metropolis, since it was founded in 1070 by the Almoravid dynasty. The fame of Marrakesh was designated throughout Morocco until the late nineteenth century. The heart of the city, surrounded by ramparts, contains the medina, a maze of narrow streets where you will be happy to get lost.
In April 2015, as a consecration to the city, the famous website, ‘TripAdvisor,’ classed Marrakesh as a world number 1 destination, having gained millions of votes as such.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

HISTORIC MONUMNETS

Founded back nearly 1,000 years, Marrakech has a story out of the ordinary, which it still retains a rich cultural heritage.
As historic heart of the city, the medina of Marrakech concentrates within it the monuments that will delight lovers of history and architecture. In the narrow streets, according to the various souks, discover the Ben Youssef Madrasa or Koubba Almoravid.
Not far from the Jemaa El Fna stands the Koutoubia Mosque, adjoined its famous minaret. More than a simple architectural element, this set has become the symbol of Marrakech.
In neighborhoods of the Kasbah and the Mellah, are the palace have followed the various rulers of the city and the kingdom. You will have the opportunity to discover the Badii Palace, of which only the remains, and the Bahia Palace, a true masterpiece and stooges of Moroccan craftsmanship. Finally, the Saadian Tombs Travel back in this great dynasty.

Discover the different thematic guided tours of Marrakech as well as a selection of the best places in the ocher city: souks, neighborhoods, gardens …

GASTRONOMY

Moroccan cuisine is Mediterranean cuisine characterized by its variety of mainly Arab and Berber origin of dishes with Jewish influences. Despite his common with the kitchens of other North African countries, Moroccan cuisine has kept its originality and unique cultural characteristics.

Chef Moha Fedal

Marrakech is also the birthplace of the leaders who, through excellence kitchen or revisited, participate in radiation Moroccan culinary heritage.

Marrakech Cuisine

Moroccan cuisine is considered one of the richest in the world, known for its profusion of flavors and colors, the result of multiple cultural heritages (Berber, Arab, Jewish, Andalusian). This cuisine is characterized by the mixture of sweet / salty and the contributions of many spices, again present both in savory dishes as desserts. Moroccan cuisine is a reflection of its history and successive peoples who settled there.

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