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Djemaa el Fna is the main square of Marrakech and is considered as the busiest square in the entire continent of Africa. Both local people and tourists gather here from morning till night.  There are plenty of food stalls, local dried fruits & nuts stalls and fresh squeezed orange juice stalls around the square to serve those who get hungry and thirsty while strolling around and enjoying the scene full of local entertainment including the snake chambers, dancing-boys, story-tellers, acrobats, magicians and peddlers of traditional medicines.

 

This place is a must visit if you have a chance to travel to Marrakech. It's the symbol of the city.

 

 

 >> Look for the sign and you will not get lost<<

 


>> In front of the square on the full moon night<<



Souk or Souq mean "market" and as the name suggests, it is the traditional market where you could find local handicraft and artifact. Marrakech has the largest traditional market in Morocco and it's just a step away from the Djemaa el Fna square. Bargaining is a must if you want to buy something here and that would definitely add a joyful and challenging experience as you try your best to get the lowest price possible. It doesn't matter even if you can't speak Arabic (the official language of Morocco) or French (the most widely spoken foreign language.) You can win your way by using your wit and a little hand gestures.

 

 

 >>It's always busy at night time<< 

 

 

 >>Get mingle with the crowd<<

 

 

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) houses one of the biggest cactus gardens in the world. The garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1924, during the colonial period when Morocco was occupied by France. The use of a special shade of bold cobalt blue in the garden and its buildings, which sharply contrasts with the green color of the cactus, is the main attraction of the garden.

 

 

 >>Cactus is all around in this colorful garden<<

 

 

 >>In front of the renowned fountain in the garden<<

 

 

Saadian Tombs have been a major tourist attraction because of the extraordinary decorative architecture. The site contains the tombs of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty including the great sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur and his family from the 16th century. The place is small and seems to be crowded all the time with tourists.

 

 

 >>Look at those beautiful archways<<

 

 

 >>Inside a high wall of the tombs<<

 

 

Bahia Palace (Palais de La Bahia) or the palace of the beauty lives up to its name. The palace contains more than 150 rooms with distinctive Moroccan architecture. From floors to ceilings and doors to arches, the places look gorgeous and beautiful. 

 

 

 >>The large filed inside the palace<<

 

 

 >>Three men in front of a big door-way<<

 

 

Menara garden is the biggest public park in Marrakech. The gardens contain a pavilion and an artificial lake surrounded by orchards and olive groves. On sunny day, the High-Atlas mountains could be seen as the background of a beautiful scenery of a pavilion and its basin.

 

 

 >>In front of the pavilion's gateway<<

 

 

 >>The famous scenary of Menara garden<<

 

 

Ourika Valley is situated 60 km in the south of Marrakech city on the Atlas mountains. The Atlas mountain ranges separate Marrakech and the Sahara desert. With the height of 4000 meters above sea-level, there is snow at the top of the mountains all year round. The river and its rocky bank on the valley is serene and beautiful. As it's not far from the city, Ourika valley is worth a day trip journey for both locals and tourists alike.

 

 

 >>The long and winding road to the valley<<

 

 

 >>A heaven on Earth<<

 

 

 >>Snow on top of the Atlas mountains<<

 

 

 >>At the bank of the river in the valley<<

 

 

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