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Marrakech – what you need to know in advance

Marrakech – what you need to know in advance

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Morocco Toubkal Trek private
Morocco Toubkal Trek private
  • Hiking
  • Marrakech Excursions
Morocco Toubkal Trek private
min. 3 days
€ 275
The ultimate morocco experience
The ultimate morocco experience
  • Culture
  • Desert
  • Excursions Marrakech
  • Marrakech Excursions
The ultimate morocco experience
full day
€ 135
Hot air balloon Marrakesh
Hot air balloon Marrakesh
  • Excursions Marrakech
Hot air balloon Marrakesh
1/2 day - 06h00
€ 200
Marrakech wellness and luxury hammam
Marrakech wellness and luxury hammam
  • Excursions Marrakech
Marrakech wellness and luxury hammam
each Monday 09h30 (ca. 8h.)
€ 175
Biking Tour Marrakech Highlights & Gardens
Biking Tour Marrakech Highlights & Gardens
  • Excursions Marrakech
Biking Tour Marrakech Highlights & Gardens
each day 09h30 (ca. 6h.)
€ 60
Marrakech Marathon
Marrakech Marathon
  • Hiking
  • Imperial Cities
Marrakech Marathon
4 days
€ 465
Marrakech behind the scenes & the secrets of the Atlas Mountains
Marrakech behind the scenes & the secrets of the Atlas Mountains
  • Culture
  • Imperial Cities
Marrakech behind the scenes & the secrets of the Atlas Mountains
8 days
€ 790
“Dream” city trip Marrakech
“Dream” city trip Marrakech
  • City Trip
  • Imperial Cities
“Dream” city trip Marrakech
5 days (2pers.)
€ 550

 

History

The red royal city of Marrakech – pronounced Marrakesjh, in Moroccan it sounds like Meraksj – with its ancient palaces and fairytale atmosphere is perhaps the most unique city in Morocco. With a rich history. It is one of the four ancient imperial cities, together with Rabat, Fez and Meknes. The former “kings” – in Morocco they were called sultans, always chose a new city to govern their empire. That city was then defended and embellished with palaces and mosques. Marrakech was important in the sixteenth century, during the Saadi government of Ahmed El Arj. He built the El Badi Palace and large mausoleums; for himself, his mother and many of his wealthy family members. Later, Marrakesh was captured by the Sultan of Alaouites, Moulay Ismail. He made Meknes his capital. The El Badi Palace was destroyed. With the tombs and mausoleums of the Saadians he did not dare to do that. These were bricked behind walls. And with the French first aerial photos of Marrakech, they were rediscovered.

The country of Morocco became a unity when the French went reign (1911-1956). They dared (fortunately) not to interfere in the alleys of the medina of Marrakech. The corners here made using long wooden “storm-rams” impossible. The French built their new city – “la ville nouvelle” with wide boulevards and grand buildings, the district “Gueliz” with Avenue Mohamed V. Here you are able to shop in a modern and trendy way and enjoy entertainment in European style. The prices are often “European” as well. A nice exception is the Al Bahriya restaurant on the corner of Blvd. Rachid and Rue Mauritania. Here you can eat cheap fresh fish amid local families.