Marrakech

Marrakech, the Red City

Say hello to the Red city

Between tradition and modernity, Marrakech is the promise of unequalled sensations. Strolling the Jemaa El-Fna square and the souks with their shimmering colours and oriental smells, the red city offers you a complete change of scenery. Horse-drawn carriage rides, sunny terraces, travelling artists and other day and night activities will give a tates of wishful comeback.

You will be able to admire all the architectural richness of the Medina, upon visiting one of its many riads, small oriental palaces overlooking a beautiful patio. You can also relax and recharge at the Menara, a vast garden with an emblematic basin. Marrakech shower its visitors by its splendour and its diversity, you just have to leave the ramparts to be immersed in modern Morocco. The districts of Gueliz and Hivernage offer the most modern infrastructures, luxury boutiques and international ready-to-wear stores, airy avenues ; which all contribute to Marrakech’s unique offering.

Being a growing economic bustling city, Marrakech has special festive and cultural places, such as the « Palais des Congres » and the splendid Royal Theater. Enjoy Marrakech at night by discovering the many themed venues, trendy clubs and traditional evenings that reflect the lively part of the city.

In 2016, Marrakech will host the Cop22 to help adress climate change issues, as a recognition of its new international stature and its considerable reception capacity.

Marrakech, where culture is always stirring

The rich heritage of Marrakech is nearly a thousand years. The time here seems to stand still. The culture is vivid.

Jemaa El Fna Square is where you’ll soak up the culture and the lights. Come experience this gathering place where people eat various delicacies a,d revel in the bright lights of its shows, reveling in the local delicacies. Storytellers, singers, fortune tellers and gnawa musicians, the square knows how to vary its charms.

Marrakech also hosts its part of splendid festivals. The city is a moviemaking landmark. Each December it hosts the Marrakech International Film Festival, which draws the biggest names from the silver screen. In the middle of the year, popular arts are honored with their own festival, during which visitors are treated to the traditional songs, dances and music of Morocco. Enjoy this close encounter with the country’s culture in a lighthearted ambiance.

Be part of this cultural event in the city’s cafés and parks all day long.

Marrakech from the mountaintops

Atop the parapets of the great walls, gaze at the landscapes as far as you can see. The city is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. Their perpetually snow-capped peaks cut jagged silhouettes across the skyline. Something magical emerges from these landscapes ; an invitation to discovery that makes you yearn for an adventure !

Toubkal National Park stands between the N’Fiss and Ourika valleys. It is only a few dozen miles away, but once you reach the park, you’ll be bewitched by its charm. Here you are right in the center of the Atlas Mountains, amidst 94,000 acres of protected land. Juniper trees stand here and there and oaks shade you with their foliage as eagles soar and screech overhead.

Hire a guide to lead you on a climb of Jbel Toubkal. The effort takes two days, but your work is well rewarded once you land atop one of the most beautiful summits in Morocco, if not in all Africa. Throughout your adventure you’ll spot plants and wildlife, including jackals, weasels, foxes and even a Barbary macaque in some gorges. Contemplate the verdant variety of trees, such as thuya, dwarf palms and prickly pear.

Just a few miles away from Marrakech, you’ll forget about the pink city as you immerse yourself in the greenery and revel in nature’s hands.

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