To this day, I still say “Shukran” or Thank you to Morocco for an unforgettable experience three years ago. I hold fond memories of my journey through Marrakech and Central Morocco and here are some of the other sights to take in.
For centuries, the unique and extraordinary square of Jemaa el Fna has been the centre of Marrakech. Meaning “Assembly of the Dead“, the name refers to when the square was a place of execution until the 19th century and severed heads were placed on display. Today, the open square is the heart of Marrakech. Every night, it fills with musicians, dancers, storytellers, showmen, fortune tellers and snake charmers, each drawing a crowd of astonished onlookers.
The souks of Marrakech are among the most fascinating in the Maghreb. The earliest inhabitants of the city made their living from trading with the Africans and with the Spaniards. A very wide range of goods, from fabric to jewellery and slippers and leatherwork, is on offer.
Musee de Marrakech is housed in Dar Mnebbi, a palace built in the late 19th century. It now houses temporary contemporary art exhibitions.
A visit to Marrakech should include a stop at one of the world’s great old hotels — La Mamounia Hotel. Originally built in the 19th century as the palace of the crown prince of Morocco, it was converted into a hotel in 1923. It is set within 17 acres of gardens and has hosted several celebrated guests including Winston Churchill and was also the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Man Who Knew Too Much“.
The Four Seasons Resort Marrakech was my “home” while I was in Marrakech. Located a short ride from the medina, this secluded resort was calming and relaxing, especially after a day wandering around the chaotic souks. As expected, service was top-notch.
Last but not the least, the first time I met my guide he suspected I was the King of Morocco traveling incognito to mingle with his subjects. You can stop bowing now.