Marrakech On the Road

Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakesh has always been something of a pleasure city. One of the largest cities in Morocco, Marrakesh was once a place for villagers and tribesmen to sell their goods, spend their money and find entertainment. With its immense beauty and peculiar ambience, one can imagine that this myth, this fantasy, remains today in the minds of the travellers that visit the city.

At the heart of it all is a square, Djemaa El Fna, really no more than an open space in the center of the city. The square is like a public stage, home to a long-established ritual of live, street performance, with acrobats, drummers, pipe musicians, dancers, storytellers, comedians and fairground acts.

Though limited, the city boasts a few architectural marvels. Above all, you can find the Koutoubia Minaret, the most perfect Islamic monument in North Africa. But beyond architecture, the city's beauty and attraction lies in its general atmosphere and spectacular location, with the magnificent Atlas mountains rising behind the city, hazy in the heat of summer and shimmering white with the winter snow.

No trip to Morocco would be complete without a visit to the marketplace, or souq. In some ways, the marketplace is the pulse of the city, a chaotic cross-roads of goods, people and impressions. In Marrakesh, the souq is at Djamaa square. Stalls line its narrow alleys, offering carpets, leather goods and other local specialties.

For many, Morocco is becoming a desired location for travels. If you thought about visiting North Africa but were hesitant, don't be, it's worth the trip. You will find a unique culture and way of life, one that steals the heart of many travellers.