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About Marrakech

This is a Spanish word named Marrakech, which is also called Marrakesh. It is said to be the chief city of Morocco. It is a major economic centre, a place that is full of mosques, palaces, and gardens. It is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco which is called as “pearl of the south”. You can find it in the centre of the fertile and irrigated Haouz Plain, which is in the south of the Tennsift River.

It has an ancient city called Medina (which is densely packed) and it was designated the UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1985. It is surrounded by a vast palm grove and that is why it is called the red city. 

The very important place in the Medina where the heart lies is Jamaa el-Fna square. It is a lively marketplace. This city has a very interesting history as it was founded by Abu Bakr in the year 1062, who was a cousin of Almoravid king Yusuf Ibn Tashfin (who was well-known for the monuments that he built in Marrakech). It was called the capital of Almoravid until it was won by Almohads in 1147.

Population

Marrakech’s population as of 2021 is around 10, 17,379. The population has grown by about 14,670 since 2015. This means there was an annual rise of about 1.46%. These estimates of the population come from projections done by UN World Urbanization Projects.

History

  • The founder of Marrakech is Yusuf Ibn Tashfin. It was founded in 1062 when he led the Moroccan Almoravid Empire. He was one of the most prominent leaders of this country, who was spreading the Islamic system in the whole country. 
  • Marrakech had become the capital of Almoravid. It was then in 1147, where a new religious movement named High Atlas was started by Almohads, who seized the city from these Almoravids. That is how the Almohad calif named Abd Al Mu’min refused to be a part of this city as he felt the mosques here were incorrectly oriented. 
  • Marrakech had suffered a lot of episodes as Morocco was the Portuguese, the Spaniards, and the French had fought for this country. This was in general to control the natural resources and to maintain that privileged location which was the door to Africa. At last, the country got its independence in the year 1956. It was a major interesting place for many European countries. 
  • Currently, the main economy of this city lies in the hands of tourism and their agricultural products. You can also say that it is one of the commercial centres as the major exports of minerals (which are extracted in Atlas) are transported here.

Weather

  • Marrakech being in the north-west region of Morocco, you will see both hot and dry climate that is all around the year.
  • Its average temperature varies between 43-degree Celsius in the morning and drops down up to 6 degrees Celsius at night. 
  • There is very little rainfall over here and also in winter, even though it is cooler you will need to wear sun cream and move out of the house.

Best Time to Visit

  • The best time to visit Marrakech will be in the Month starting from March to May. This is the time when the temperature rises to 43 degrees Celsius in the daytime and goes down up to 6 degrees Celsius at night. 
  • There are always 9 hours of sunshine during the day which goes up to 14 hours of sunshine during summer. Hence summer is not a good time for travelers. 
  • If you wish to visit Marrakech you can visit during autumn to springtime where the temperature is cooler comparatively, even though there is a lot of sunshine.

Things to Do

  • Jardin Majorelle: This is created by a famous painter named Jardin Majorelle. This is a botanical garden that has many types of cactus plants. Its main features of interest would be the blue color art deco house which is a masterpiece.
  • Musée Yves Saint Laurent: To the next door of Jardin Majorelle, is a place that has a display of hundreds of garments designed by YSL. 
  • Bahia Palace: This was an elegant palace of a slave-turned vizier named Abu ‘Bou’ Ahmed. Every small bit of designing including the painted gilded, ceilings, tiling’s, and carved stucco are just “wow”. 
  • Riad Yima Tea Room: This is an art gallery that is full of upcycled pop art, including furniture, art objects, and his photography art pieces. 
  • Souk Semmarine: We all know how famous the markets of Marrakech are, especially this Souk Semmarine, which is the biggest of all the markets. You will get all sorts of goods like rugs, leather goods, silverware, and crockery sets.
  • Souk Place des Epices: This is a market where you will get all sorts of spices and that is the reason why Marrakech is famous for its aromatic flavors.
  • El Badi Palace: This is Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour’s palace. This is a magnificent one which was set within the sunken gardens. It is surrounded by epic ramparts and people can get panoramic views over the medina.
  • Jemaa el-Fna: It is one of the biggest attractions at the heart of the medina. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can find street entertainers, good henna artists, and also some snake chambers which are the center of attraction.
  • Souk Cuisine: It is a cooking class with a twist. You get to take a tour of the souks and shop for ingredients, then come to the class where you will be taught how to cook.

Airport Information

  • The nearest Airport Name to Marrakesh is Marrakech (RAK) which is 4.4 km away. There are other nearest airports to which include Casablanca, Agadir, Rabat, and Fes which are also some kilometers away from the airport. 
  • The ALSA Morocco has a bus operated from Marrakech Airport to the place named Bab doukkala, which is every 10 minutes. The cost of the ticket would be around Rs. 244 and it will take 29 minutes to reach the place. 
  • Also, if you wish to travel by railways then there is a train which operates from Casablanca to Marrakech which is every 4 hours. Here the ticket would cost you around Rs. 650 to Rs. 1200 and the duration would be around 2 hours 39 minutes.

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