Moroccan Cities and Towns
Evening time at the Djemaa el-Fna Square, Marrakech
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Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat and boasts Morocco's most impressive market area (Souks), a display of how Morocco used to be, sitting below the High Atlas Mountains (snow covered in winter).
Although it is a favourite destination of many tourists, these tourist have been looking for the traditional Morocco and have not caused Marrakech to change.
The famous square, Jemaa el Fna, is not attractive in itself but the life that goes on there IS attractive.
There are likely to be snake charmers, musicians, story tellers plus stalls to buy food, herbal medicines, or have a tooth pulled!
Around the square are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can relax and watch everyone else.
The souks are close to the square and cover the largest area of any souks in Morocco. Here you will find a wealth of craftwork, material, rugs, pottery, food. A lot of bargaining will be required to get anything at a good price and you need to be be prepared for the sellers to bit intimidating if you then leave without buying.
There are a number of gardens in and around Marrakech, irrigated by water brought down from the atlas mountains by canals, creating cool areas in a city that can get very hot during the summer.
One of the most notable gardens are the Jardin Majorelle, located less than 1Km outside the north west medina wall.
Built over a 40 year period by the French painter Jaques Majorelle in the middle part of the last century, these gardens, although the area open to the public is not particularly large (certainly not 12 acres as quoted elswhere), are a popular tourist attraction. Since 1980, these gardens have belonged to Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. The gardens offer a cool, shady, and peaceful (though sometimes busy) change from the city outside. The building that was originally Majorelles studio now functions as a museum dedicated to the Berber tribes.
Marrakech can be accessed via Marrakech Airport, only 6 Km south west of the city
The following golf courses are in the
Marrakech area -
Al Maaden Golf Resort, a 18 hole course, 4Km south east of Marrakech Medina
Amelkis Golf Club, a 27 hole course, 8 Km south east of Marrakech city, on the road to Ouarzazate, opposite the Marrakech Royal Golf Club
Argan Golf Resort, a 18 hole course, 8Km south of Marrakech medina
Assoufid Golf Club, a 18 hole course, 12Km south west of Marrakech medina
Atlas Golf Marrakech, a 9 hole course, 5Km south west of Marrakech medina
Atlas Golf Resort, a 18 hole course, 4Km east of Marrakech medina
La Palmeraie Golf Club, a 27 hole course, approximately 4 Km north east of Marrakech centre
Marrakech Royal Golf Club, a 27 hole course, 8 Km south east of Marrakech city, on the road to Ouarzazate, opposite the Amelkis club
Noria Golf Club, a 18 hole course, 3Km south of Marrakech medina
Royal Palm Golf Club, a 18 hole course, 12Km south west of Marrakech
Samanah Golf, a 18 hole course, 15Km south of Marrakech