Marrakech is a fascinating city, with a dynamic energy that pulses almost 24 hours a day. A large part of appreciating Marrakech is simply wandering through the labrynth of the medina and observing the local life as it happens around you. In addition, there are some "must sees", our "Top 10 Marrakech", that will enrich your Marrakech experience.
La Maison de la Photographie
The Maison de la Photographie is located at 46 Ahal Fès, just up from the Medersa Ben Youssef and a few doors along from Le Foundouk restaurant. The collection of largely black and white photographs, displayed on three floors of a converted Marrakech riad, contains approximately 3,500 images of Morocco, covering the period 1870-1950. They illustrate the history, culture, ethnology and daily life of the people of Morocco. The roof terrace offers a stunning 360° view of the Marrakech medina.
Dar Cherifa is a magical, wonderfully restored, 16th century house built around a central courtyard with tall columns, ancient stucco work and old carved beams. Located near the Mouassine Mosque, it serves as a literary café (drinks and light refreshments) and an art exhibition space. There is a small reference library of books about Morocco, lots of alcoves with lazy sofas for dreaming, and a delightful two-tier sun terrace.
Essentially, the Marrakech souks are like a giant, Moroccan flea-market. These dark, mostly covered alleyways are broken up into distinct districts, based upon the nature of their wares. Be prepared to bargain hard for purchases, but maintain a good sense of humour and an open-mind, and deals can be found. If you’re just looking and not interested in buying, a simple “non merci” or “la shukran” and a smile while you walk by should suffice.
Oasiria Swimming Pool Marrakech
This Marrakech swimming pool is for the kids and the young at heart. When the city gets too much, jump in a taxi or the free shuttle bus and take the 15 minute journey to Oasiria, Marrakech's aquatic park. There are various slides, a wave pool, a calm swimming pool, two lagoons for younger kids and an assortment of cafes and restaurants.
Kasbah du Toubkal
This wonderful kasbah is located just 75km from Marrakech (1 hour 20 minutes by car), in the Berber village of Imlil, at the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. The surrounding area offers great hiking, rivers and waterfalls to splash in, and lots of options for lunch. You can eat at the Kasbah itself or one of several restaurants in the village. The scenery here is stunning, it's definitely worth the journey.
Beldi Country Club
The Beldi Country Club is an incredible place, just 15 minutes outside of Marrakech. Rustic yet chic, it offers gardens, two stunning swimming pools and relaxing areas, and a wonderful spa complex offering hammam, massage and a host of treatments. The swimming pools are classy, lined with black tiles instead of the usual blue. A day by the pool with a three-course lunch will set you back 350 dirhams, plus drinks.
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