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  • Athina Ntoka

Marrakech: a home to mosques, palaces, art and gardens


Marrakech is the city that will grap your attention from the very first moment. It’s full of colors, it’s vibrant and it’s totally different from what you expect to see.

Riads, Majorelle gardens, the Bahia Palace, the Saadian Tombs, the Museum of Yves St Laurent, are the most photographed spots that you have checked in Instagram and Facebook. These spots are not the only ones that characterize Marrakech.

Of course staying in a Riad, is an experience that gets you closer to the culture of Marrakech and it’s highly recommended.

When you visit the Majorelle gardens, you will be surprised from the beauty and the tranquility of the place. The fashion designer, Yves St. Laurent, gifted an entire garden to Marrakech, the city that adopted him. The Berbere Museum, the art deco studio, showcases the rich panorama of Morocco’s inhabitants through displays of some artefacts. This Museum is by far, the most beautifully curated museum in Marrakech, and the collection includes wood, leather, metalwork, textiles, musical instruments and traditional dresses.

Very close to Majorelle gardens, you will find the Museum of Yves St Laurent, that showcases haute couture clothing and accessories of this legendary French fashion designer.

Strolling around Marrakech is an experience. Bazars, shops that you will find spices, tea, fabrics, traditional decoration for your home, and many so many people “packed” in souqs, will trap your mind and soul. Your eyes cannot stop looking around. Colors, voices, faces, gestures will enchant you and they will forbid you to look anywhere else.

During your stay to Marrakech, don’t miss to visit the Bahia Palace. This Palace could be characterized as an art of architecture and decoration. The ceilings are multicolored, the patios are awesome, the stained glass windows reflect pal colors on walls and on visitors faces. Every corner of this palace is just an art.

On top of all, stands the craziness of Jamaa el Fna Square. It can be characterized as the heart of Marrakech. People are going to try to make you buy things, will ask for your money to take them a photo and during the night, story tellers, magicians and musicians will transform the square to a big party.

Marrakech was the first city that I faced a different culture from the European ones. The feeling I got while I left it, was that local people want to protect or maybe want to “seal” their culture and not let the tourist “expand” to their countries the tradition and the every day habits of Marrakech. Moroccans are proud people, dedicated to their culture and religion and they are happy of what life has given to them.

Tips: Prepare to argue with taxi drivers. Organize your transportation before your trip

Prepare to get lost in souqs. Google maps don’t work

Don’t trust any weather forecast.

Drink always water in a bottle

Alcohol is not served

Enjoy….

*All photos featured are taken by me

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