Marrakech is the tourist’s city, it’s the first city that gets around 3 million visitors per year. It was founded by Abu Bakr ibn Umar ” the dynasty of the Almoravids” in the 11th century.
The name of Marrakech is constructed of the Berber word Amur N kush. That is to say, the land or the area of God. There are several other names of Marrakech. For instance, there are some people who call it the red city, that’s because the ground’s colour there is red, they paint the houses with the red, and became the red city.
There are several things to do and see in Marrakech:
Jemaa El Fna:
Probably when you speak about Marrakech, what comes to the mind is the big square of Jemaa El Fna. Here, you can meet many people from different countries besides locals. They come here to entertain themselves either by watching the locals playing with the monkeys, the snakes and many other animals. Actually, some people call them the snake charmers. Moreover, there is another activity that they do here which is the gather people in a circle and they narrate funny stories or jokes. This has been here for million years ago, and it’s a job for some people. Furthermore, there are some people who gamble, they have different games where they sometimes use magic to trick people. Therefore, once you are there, be aware of what you are doing. Not to mention, at Jemaa El Fna, many people come to shop local stuff like rugs, traditional clothes…
Koutoubia mosque is not far from the square of Jemaa El fan. Actually it faces it. Therefore, once you walk and explore the square why not walk there. Just be aware of the motorbikes because they do not respect the traffic lights and sometimes they steal people, especially their phones. Koutoubia mosque has many names, Kutubiyya, and booksellers referring to the front yard where they used to sell books. This mosque is very unique is one of the sister mosques of Hassan Tower and the grand mosque in Seville Spain. Not to mention, the mosque is built to reach 70 meters high with a spire of 8 meters.
You don’t want to be in Marrakech without heading to visit the garden of the French artist Jhon Jack Majorelle. It was built in 1923, and it took the artist almost 40 years to establish it. After he died, the other artists Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge took the responsibility of the garden and built a museum around it. Also, they are the ones who opened it for the public with a ticket of 70DH. However, certain IDs decrease the price.
The garden of Menara is further southwest of Marrakech, it’s where most of the locals go to enjoy the view of the lake in front of the room they call by the lighthouse.