Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is the most visited place in Morocco, which is the most visited country in Africa. Fly comfortably on board of a private jet, which can take you there safe and sound.
The former imperial city places its origin back to the Berber Empire, with the typical labyrinth of small shops where the flourishing souks (marketplaces) sell traditional goods such as carpets, spices, food, clothes, shoes, pottery and jewelry.
The name Marrakech comes from the Berber: “murr akush” that means “the land of God.” A second version of the legend says that the name comes from the Arabic “murra kish “instead, that means “pass by quickly”, a warning to travelers for thieves and wild animals.
Marrakech’s exotic hotels have entertained Hollywood filmmakers for decades. Some of the most famous movies filmed in the Red City are 1956’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (at the Mamounia Hotel), 2010’s “Sex and the City 2” (at the Taj Palace), and in 2015 the “Mission impossible: Rouge Nation” filmed in the Selman Hotel.
Marrakech moves to its own rythm. Throw yourself at the deep end by exploring the narrow alleys of the medieval medina, a fortified city within the city. Local pharmacies prepare herbal remedies and pile up colored spices into perfectly shaped pyramid.
All streets eventually lead to the legendary plaza, called Djemaa El Fna. Acrobats, snake charmers, fortune-tellers and Berber musicians compete for your attention. Drummers thump from noon to night, men in flowing robes offer games of chance.
The peak comes at sunset. The call to prayer from the mosque clashes with the surrounding noise, and the entire population of Marrakech seems to migrate to Djemaa El Fna to see, be seen or be photographed with a cobra swinging around their neck. Many street food booths appear as if by magic and travelers fall eventually into the Tajine, a slow-cooked clay pot casserole made of fish, turkey or chicken and rounded with traditional pistachio pastries and mint tea.
If the heat of summer is cooking you, then go for the hills, which are snuggling next to the Majesty of Atlas Mountains, 1.800 meters above sea level.
Chic nightclubs and luxury restaurants may be within city limit, Marrakech is also famous for exceptional golf resorts.
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