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Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco

From series “The Unesco World Heritage Sites in Africa”
Marrakech is the most visited and colourful city in Morocco, whose historic center is famous all over the world thanks to incredible architectural sights and lively markets. In 1985, the Medina of Marrakesh was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many tourists know it under the unofficial name 'Red City'. The thing is that old clay buildings and fortifications with red walls are the most important landmarks of the old town.

Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco The central square of Medina is Djemaa el Fna, life on which does not freeze literally for a minute. This is the largest place in Africa. Today it is hard to imagine that in this picturesque and busy square criminals were executed a few centuries ago. Here you can always meet sellers of sweets and water, as well as acrobats and dancers who present their talents. The most interesting act begins on the square at dawn, when it turns into a huge open-air restaurant. There are mangal and vats everywhere, in which traditional national dishes (meat and rice) are cooked.

In the immediate vicinity of the square are many unique historical and religious objects. The most popular sites are the Bahia Palace and the Mosque of Kutubia. An ordinary walk through the narrow alleyways of Medina gives a lot of unforgettable impressions. Here, one can discover interesting souvenir shops and restaurants, where guests are offered the most popular national dishes. Next - Stone Town of Zanzibar


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Car rental office: 'Moslime car' is located in 0.41 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Station Service Total' in 0.29 km
Supermarket: 'Supermarché Label'Vie' in 0.61 km
Parking: 'Parking' in 0.75 km
Apotheek: 'pharmacie essalama-loudaya' in 0 km
Police station: 'Arrondissement de Police' in 0.76 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Cafe Marnizya Al Ahbas' in 0.14 km
Railway station: 'Marrakech Railway Station' in 1.93 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Menara Airport RAK - in 4 km
 »  Ouarzazate Airport OZZ - in 129 km
 »  Essaouira Airport ESU - in 161 km
 »  Mohammed V Airport CMN - in 196 km
 »  Al Massira Airport AGA - in 198 km
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Best hotels near Medina of Marrakesh

Riad Zamzam

Located in 0 km from Medina of Marrakesh
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Rooms: 7
Rooms and suites are air conditioned and include a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Some of them feature a seating area and a flat-screen TV … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Marguerite Marrakech

Located in 1 km from Medina of Marrakesh
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Rooms: 10
All the units in Villa Marguerite Marrakech are fitted with air conditioning and a TV with satellite channels. A private bathroom with shower or bath … More: photo, rates and booking
Appart Tarik Amine

Located in 2 km from Medina of Marrakesh
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Rooms: 3
Appart Tarik Amine is made up of 2 bedrooms and a living room with sofas. It also includes a private bathroom with a shower. The apartment also comes … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Yasmine

Located in 3 km from Medina of Marrakesh
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Rooms: 1
The air-conditioned accommodation includes a satellite TV and a private bathroom. It features local décor and tiled flooring. The kitchen provides a … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Taroudant
152 km - Taroudant
Taroudant city is situated in the southern part of Morocco. The town is known as the "Grandmother of Marrakesh" because it looks like a small Marrakesh. The main peculiarity of the town is the powerful walls, that were saved from the Medieval times. The first town was …
Morocco Mall
217 km - Morocco Mall
The biggest renting area of the mall in Africa is in Casablanca. Its' name is "Morocco Mall". The mall is situated in the incredibly beautiful building with an unusual design of the roof. Outside there is a landscaped garden with a number of exotic plants, imitations …
Hassan II Mosque
222 km - Hassan II Mosque
In Casablanca you can see the greatest Hassan II Mosque that was built only in 1993. In size, it is in the seventh place in the word and the only one in Morocco. Minaret’s high is 210 metres – that is a world record. Its unusual thing is a laser beam fitted at the …
Plage Blanche
406 km - Plage Blanche
In Morocco there is the unique dune beach Blanche - one of the most beautiful and most man-made beaches in the world. The desert coast is covered with the bright fine sand, which runs into the grandiose dunes and forms the incredibly beautiful desert landscape. Blanche …
Chefchaouen
466 km - Chefchaouen
The amazing city of Chefchaouen also known to many under the unofficial name of Blue City, is situated in Morocco. It owes a name to its unique architecture. Like many hundreds of years ago, locals live in old stone houses with walls painted blue. Streets look like …
Chefchaouen
467 km - Chefchaouen
In Morocco, on the slopes of the Reef Mountains, is a wonderful city of Chefchaouen. Its main attraction are old houses, whose walls are traditionally painted blue. This interesting tradition is associated with the first settlers of these places, the Jews. In the …

Top destination around Medina of Marrakesh - Marrakech

Meat dishes gourmands will be much enthused with plenty of kebab sorts which may be tried as in upscale gastronomy establishments so in small street cafés. One should definitely try grilled lamb called Mechoui. This popular meat treat is cooked only in the oven. The meat turns as tender and toothsome as it just melts in the mouth.
The most common sort of dessert is the marshmallow. The sweet treat is made in hundreds of varieties. The almond marshmallow is considered to be typical of Marrakesh. The sweet nut treat features specific and original taste. Considering traditional local treats of Marrakesh, tajin is most worth noticing. The treat has got its name from a crock as this is exactly the crockery the local people prefer to cook beef in.

Before cooking the meat is pickled then the beef is stuffed in crocks and long stewed in the oven. Tajin is one of those treats which are richly added with herbs and spices during cooking as these give the meat inimitable shades of flavors. Marrakesh folks enjoy an ethnic drink being sweet mint tea. Local people can drink up to 10 cups of this refreshing and recharging drink per day. Remarkably as it is, but a hot mint tea is the best means to cope with extreme heat.
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