Marrakech – known as “The Red City” thanks to the terracotta-colored mudbrick walls surrounding the old city – is the fourth largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Known for its bustling souks, wondrous architecture and world-class hospitality, it has been a popular tourist destination since the 1960s. The city is a fascinating blend of old and new, rich in history and culture, as exemplified by souks, which feature piles of spices, woven Berber carpets and thousands of other exotic goods alongside more modern consumer electronics.

The Medina of Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage Center, is a very popular site and hard to miss. It’s easy to lose all sense of time in Marrakech, with its maze of narrow alleyways scattered with donkey carts, snake charmers, dancers, story-tellers, dancers and potion vendors to entertain. A visit to Marrakech often highlights an array of popular attractions, such as the gardens, mosques, palaces, and of course, one of the busiest squares in the world, known as Djemaa el Fna. The city is also known for it’s cuisine, lively nightlife, golf courses, and hammams (bath houses).

For foodies, you won’t be disappointed. Try your hand at a cooking class with a local family, and savor street foods in the markets. Photographers will also love it here-the city is truly picturesque, and is home to the photography museum (Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech). There is something for everyone in Marrakech. 

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