Destinations >> Marrakesh Overview

The Kingdom of Morocco’s fourth largest city is a feast for all the senses. The destination has thrived since Neolithic times when it was first inhabited by Berber farmers. Within its ancient fortified walled ancient city lies the medina—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and maze of residences, markets, and hammams. Outside of that you’ll find a modern metropolis with contemporary shopping, dining, and more.

Cheat Sheet

Check into the Royal Mansour Marrakech to experience unparalleled Moroccan luxury. The property is comprised of 53 private riads with 80 percent of it being crafted by hand. It’s also one of the best places in the city to sip a proper cocktail—Pay homage to late designer Yves Saint Laurent at Jardin Majorelle and Musee Yves Saint Laurent —Lose yourself in the narrow alleyways of the city’s famous media—Shop for unique finds at Riad Yima from Marrakshi pop-artist Hassan Hajjaj —Experience Morocco’s signature hammam rituals with an upscale twist at Hotel La Mamounia —Feast with your eyes and stomach at Jemaa el-Fnaa’s nightly market.

What to do in Marrakesh

One of the best things to do before you travel is research little known details about your destination. For example, few may realize that the late designer Yves Saint Laurent is a cultural godfather in the dynamic Moroccan city, which inspired him. The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in the city while Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech showcases a permanent display of Yves Saint Laurent’s work staged by Christophe Martin. Visiting Jemaa el-Fnaa is a must; the main square of the ancient city boasts everything from street food to snake charmers and is considered the busiest square in Africa. Also leave plenty of time for exploring the souks for souvenirs and photo ops.

What to bring to Marrakesh

In Marrakesh you will find breathtaking sights and scenes seemingly every where you look, so you’ll want to pack your camera or free up plenty of space on your smartphone. You’ll likely spend hours wandering around the serpentine alleys of the medina, so packing comfortable shoes is a must. Women should consider dressing modestly to respect local culture; it’s not mandatory, but suggested especially to blend in. Scarves and light jackets are perfect for when long sightseeing days turn into brisk evenings. Packing an antidiarrheal is great insurance if you tend to indulge in the local delicacies.

What to bring home from Marrakesh

Berber rugs are one of the top souvenirs to bring home from any city in Morocco. The traditionally handmade works sport brightly colored traditional patterns and designs. Leather goods such as handbags, wallets, slippers, and shoes are also popular. You will undoubtedly eat your fare share of tangine while you’re in Marrakesh, so bringing one home will keep you cooking long after your trip. Spices and argon oil from merchants in the media are also perfect products for suitcase stocking.

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