Morocco's former capital is a place of myths and legends. Immortalised in song, the fabled ‘Red City' sits at the very spine of the sprawling, snow capped Atlas Mountains in what can only be described as an exalted setting.
Many cruise lines offer overnight tours to Marrakech, and the journey is well worth making. The sights, sounds and smells of this amazing, twin faceted city will stay with you long after you leave it behind.
Marrakech is built around twin centres; the new city has many modern buildings and shops, but the real beating heart of the city is the old, implacable Medina.
Dominated by the looming spire of the Koutoubia Mosque, the main square of Djemma el Fna is a vast space, reminiscent of St. Mark's in Venice. It has the largest souk in all of Morocco, selling everything imaginable. From exotic spices to electric egg whisks, everything here is a bargain. And be prepared to do exactly that. But Djemma really comes into its own at night.
After one of those spectacular Moroccan sunsets, Djemma el Fna comes alive with a string of outdoor restaurants, with entertainment provided by wandering acrobats, story tellers and even the odd fire eater. As the evening progresses, the centuries seem to roll back effortlessly.
People watching here can take on the guise of a spectator sport. Only in Marrakech would you find motor scooters and madly braying camels trying to progress down the same winding lane, past shops overflowing with oriental carpets where shop owners talk excitedly into their mobiles against a backdrop of burning camp fires. Surreal and unforgettable.
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