“Marrakech is above all a city of drama. The spectacular location with its backdrop of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains (rising to 13,671 feet) provides a memorable view, and the famous Djemaa el-Fna square (the largest in Africa) provides perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world.
Experience a world of frenzied motion, where jugglers and storytellers jostle for position with snake charmers, magicians and acrobats. Your nose will guide you to row upon row of open-air food stalls whose pungent smoke fills the air with mouth-watering aromas.”
Copyright approximate Lonely Planet 2007
Just behind this lie the souks where you can browse among the myriad of stalls selling all of the magical charm of 1001 Arabian Nights. You will find lamps, carpets, pots and potions for sale.
Where to go in Marrakech
Marrakech offers visitors a variety of places to see. It has been a famous haunt of the European wealthy from Victorian times. Ever since the American architect Bill Willis first started to design palaces for the rich and famous a myriad of different restaurants have followed his lead with exotic décor and food. His own restaurant, Dar Yacout, is only 5 minutes walk from Les Trois Mages.
We have a variety of books and guides available in the riad. Some of the most popular places to visit are listed below.
- Jemaa el Fnaa
- Ben Youssef Medersa
- Saadian Tombs
- El Badi Palace
- Majorelle Gardens
- Marrakech Museum
Marrakech was built on an oasis in a desert and is well placed as a central location to visit the Atlantic coast at Essaouira (approximately 2 and a half hours) where you can eat the locally caught fresh fish and walk around the old walled medina. This breezy town has a large beach where you can surf.
Traveling south from Marrakech for an hour and a half brings you to the Atlas Mountains where you can relax by cool streams, ski during the winter months or travel further across the High Atlas passing remote grand Berber Kasbahs until you reach the sand dunes of the vast Sahara.