Straddling East and West, Marrakech is much more than a tourist destination. Located in the south-west of Morocco at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this welcoming city of more than a million inhabitants has a wealth of treasures which will leave you captivated. If you want to find out for yourself come and visit us at the Iberostar hotel in Marrakech.
In addition to having the largest souk in the country and the most lively square in all of Africa, the city also has a thousand-year-old archaeological heritage, an inexhaustible offer of shops and restaurants and friendly, hospitable people who will make your Marrakech holidays a unique experience.
On top of that there is a year-round warm climate, with annual average temperatures of around 19 °C, ranging between around 11,6 °C in January and around 27,6 °C in July. It also rarely rains which will help you to enjoy your Morocco holidays even more.
Marrakech is divided into two clearly different areas: the modern city and the medina which is surrounded by magnificent red sandstone walls. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, the old fortified city contains the most important monuments and places of historic interest.
An ideal place to start visiting Marrakech is the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2001. There you will witness a human collage that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Snake charmers, dancers, singers, acrobats, fortune-tellers, and toothpicks all fight for space among the myriad of food stalls and peddlers of traditional medicines.
From there head to the Ben Youssef Madrasa, a Koranic school that owes its name to the Almoravid soldier Ali ibn Yussuf who came to reign in the 12th century and helped expand Marrakech and to increase its power and influence.
Another religious building worth visiting is the Koutoubia Mosque, whose 69-metre-high minaret towers above Marrakech. Its appearance is very similar to the Hassan tower in Rabat and the Giralda in Seville, which attracts the attention of many visitors.
Marrakech also stands out for its palatial architecture. One of the best examples of which is the El Badi Palace. It was built at the end of the 16th century by the Samad soldier Ahmad al-Mansur to celebrate the victory over the Portuguese in 1578, in what is known as the battle of the Three Kings.
Another example is the spectacular Bahia Palace, built at the end of the 19th century by Si Ahmed ben Musa, grand vizier of the Sultan, who established a harem there. The palace acquired a reputation as one of the finest in Morocco and took over seven years to build. From there you can then access the Dar Menebhi Palace, an Andalusian building from the late nineteenth century that now houses the Museum of Marrakech.
Although less known, it is worth visiting the site of the Saadian Tombs, from the late sixteenth century it was used as a mausoleum to bury numerous Saadian sultans. It was lost for many years until it was rediscovered it in 1917 using aerial photographs.
The city walls contain 19 gates and one of the best known is Bab Agnaou, built in the 12th century in the time of the Almohad dynasty. Close by is the Koubba Ba'Adiyn, a small building from the early 12th century, that was recently restored. It is the only example of Almoravid architecture that has been preserved in Marrakech.
To the west of the city and at the gates of the Atlas Mountains, the beautiful Menara gardens await you. Built in the 12th century by the Almohad caliph Abd Al-Mumin, its most striking element is a simple pavilion topped with a green roof. Don't forget to visit the Majorelle garden, a botanical garden by the French painter Jacques Majorelle, created in 1931 and later restored by the designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Without forgetting its beautiful architecture, Marrakech offers a host of other things to do. One of which has to be trying the delicious Moroccan cuisine in any of its many restaurants or at the Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech, the best 4-star hotel in Marrakech. Don't leave without trying harira, a nutritious and delicious soup; beef, chicken or vegetable Tajines and couscous. Our tip: ask for a refreshing sugar cane juice in the vicinity of the Jemaa el Fna square.
If you want to get even more familiar with the local food, there are several companies that organize Moroccan cooking classes, so you can learn how to make it for yourself.
We also recommend taking a trip to enjoy the sunrise and the arid Moroccan landscapes from a hot air balloon. In the centre of the city, there are numerous tour operators organising trips. Although it means getting up early, we are sure it will be the highlight of your holiday in Marrakech.
You can also visit the exuberant Marrakech Palm Grove where our spa hotel with spa is located, on the back of an Arabian camel. Can you imagine?
Moreover, it is no secret to anyone that Marrakech is an earthly paradise for lovers of shopping. Go ahead and lose yourself in the labyrinth souks of the medina and test your bartering skills. You will find everything you can imagine there: craft products, jewellery, leather goods, clothing and accessories, the colourful babouches - typical Moroccan leather shoes and local argan oil, produced from the fruit of a tree that only grows in Morocco.
If you are looking to forget about it all after a day of sightseeing and shopping, there is nothing better than a relaxing hammam, the Moroccan version of the traditional Turkish baths. The sessions include steam baths, an exfoliating treatment and a massage that will leave feeling like new.
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts wants to live up to everything that you expect from a holiday in Marrakech. And for this, we welcome you to the Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech, a hotel with a swimming pool, beauty center, meeting rooms for business trips to Morocco and much more. It is also perfect if you are planning to travel to Marrakech with children.
Don't miss it: check out our hotel offers in Morocco, book one of the available rooms and get ready to discover the secrets of Marrakech, the hypnotic Red City. Once you come and visit you won’t want to leave!
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