Behind its red ramparts, Marrakech hides incredible treasures. The ancient caravan city, deriving its prosperity from gold trade, ivory and precious woods from Africa, combines the temptations with the harmony of the medieval style through its outstanding engraved prayers on the walls, marble floors, stucco and colorful mosaics decorating the palaces patios, mosques and madrasas of the old city. From the Koutoubia, one of the most stunning and largest mosques in the Muslim West, founded in the 12th century to the eminent Menara and Agdal Gardens designed during the Almohads dynasty, you will not be able to resist the charms of the Medina and its Riads. A Riad is a traditional huge house with a very simple entrance and doors hiding an extravagant palace. Its rooms are facing an open courtyard built around a fountain. Once you are in a Riad, you will engage your senses to experience a fusion of pleasures: the amazing smell of orange blossom and Jasmin flowers, the smell of spices used to prepare the delicious Moroccan food, the relaxing sound of water flowing in the fountains and the list is long.
From one souk to another, winding alleys, some of which covered with cedar ceilings will take you to the amazing Arabian Nights’ ambiance: tanners, leather workers, basket makers, cabinetmakers, copper smiths, silversmiths, all grouped by corporation. The talent is for sure transmitted for generations. Opulence is everywhere. Listed as a ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ in 2001 by UNESCO, “Jemaa El Fna” name means ‘assembly of the dead’, in reference to the public executions held in this place in the past, according to locals.
While wandering around in Jemaa El Fna, you’ll take the time to admire the amazing rugs and refined fabrics, you’ll have the chance to bargain before closing your deal, you’ll be amazed by the acrobats’ performances, fire-eaters and snake charmers and storytellers. In Jemaa-el-Fna Square, the fiesta is non-stop!