Discover Marrakech's Mesmerizing Medieval Marvels
Marrakech, the most visited destination of Morocco, is an imperial and multi-faceted city that vibrates by day or by night, and is a hymn to sensuous pleasure, an unrivaled visual shock and an absolute sensory experience. Thriving and creative, the city is a timeless haven that bridges the gap between modernity and tradition; from the medina to the new town, ochre colored buildings give an undeniable charm to the Moroccan tourist capital. Marrakech reveals itself to those who take the time to appreciate it, so savor every moment of your guided day trips to Ouzoud Falls, the Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys, as well as a guided tour of the mesmerizing city.
Majestic, fascinating, and magical are just some of the adjectives that illustrate the wealth and glory of Marrakech. How could anyone resist the naturally flowing, genuine human warmth, traditions and gastronomy of the Red City? This imperial town is full of contrasts, scents, natural landscapes, architecture, sites and possibilities for discovery. Despite its transformation and multiple construction sites, its souks still unleash their distinctive scents. The Place Jemaa El Fna, mystifying and bursting, affords the same atmosphere every evening and its colorful stalls are more than ever part of the show. The city has retained all of its charms and these transformations have even allowed Marrakech to rediscover its treasures, palaces, riads and craftsmanship, one of the world's richest.
Uncover the history and prepare to be mesmerized on your guided tour of Marrakech, a place to engage the senses with enticing smells wafting through the souks, a whirlwind of color and noise, and throngs of people weaving between tightly packed stalls exhibiting pyramids of brightly colored spices, richly woven rugs, and a thousand other exotic goods. It's almost impossible to walk through this city for more than five minutes without finding some architectural wonder at which to marvel. Start with the beautiful Majorelle Garden, then stop at La Palmeraie, an oasis of several hundred thousand palm trees where you may stop for a memorable camel ride! A visit to the impressive Koutoubia Mosque towering above the rest of the city will feel like a step back in time. Stop at Bab Agnaou, one of Marrakech's 19 gates (babs), which serves as the main entrance to the kasbah, where you'll find the El Badi Palace, the Saadian Tombs and El Mansouria (the kasbah mosque). Visit the beautiful Bahia Palace, which dates back to the late 19th century. Bring your appetite for the food markets of Marrakech, and learn about Moroccan herbs, spices and oils at Herboristerie le Sagesse. The Museum of Marrakech is housed in Dar Menebhi Palace, former residence of Mehdi Mnebhi who was the Defense Minister of Abdelaziz of Morocco. A haggler's paradise, the alluring lanes of bazaars in the vibrant souks at the famously entertaining Jemaa El Fna square exhibit exotic goods and intriguing crafts from Morocco's past, and a veritable open-air theater that always amazes its visitors. Your tour will also take you past the Jewish Quarter of Mellah, home of a coexistent Jewish and Islamic past, as well as Les Nomades de Marrakech, a family-owned business committed to sharing the spectacular artistry of creating top-quality artisanal Moroccan rugs.
You could almost forget you're in the middle of the desert once you see the stunning natural wonders. Settle back and admire desert dunes and Berber villages as you travel comfortably in an air-conditioned vehicle with special access to off-road sights. You'll have plenty of time to admire the clifftop cascades from different angles, keeping an eye out for Barbary apes—you might even spot a rainbow forming in the mist! Enjoy free time to hike on your own and explore local caves, with the option to hike further with your guide. It's a bit of a trek from the top to the bottom of Ouzoud Falls, but a great way to fully experience this wonderful oasis.
With snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys and traditional mud-built Berber villages, the Atlas Mountains offer superb trekking and a wonderful respite from the madness, heat and noise of Marrakech. Journey to Morocco's Atlas Mountain area and spend the day exploring the Three Valleys on your private, full- day tour. Following early morning pickup from your hotel, you can get comfortable as you begin your ride in your air-conditioned minivan to a traditional village and oil cooperative. Continue up the mountain area with a camel ride, taking in the stunning scenic views as you go. Afterward, your guide will drive you up to Imlil Valley where you can rest on a terrace to enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea. Choose to drive, walk or ride a mule to the Ait Souka Village, where a traditional Berber lunch consisting of salad, tajine, couscous and fruit will be waiting for you. You'll get to visit the home of a Berber family to learn more about their culture and way of life, and then end the day in Moulay Brahim near the Asni Valley.
Nestled in a natural landscape of palm, olive and orange trees, lying in the shadow of the majestic peaks of the Atlas Mountains, Fairmont Royal Palm is the ultimate oasis of luxury, style and adventure, located only twenty minutes from the vibrant medina of Marrakech. Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech is an exclusive retreat offering genuine hospitality, a truly tranquil and elegant oasis, and a large array of activities including yoga, tennis, squash, tai chi, golf and swimming. Perfect your golf swing on the 18- hole golf course and indulge in one of several eclectic restaurants and bars offering local and international cuisine. Seek refuge in accommodations that offer a true reflection of Morocco itself. Each one of them features a wonderful terrace that unfolds like a carpet at the foot of the mountains, offering unobstructed and mind-blowing views of either the gardens or the golf course and the Atlas; the ideal spot to take advantage of the first rays of sunlight or the warm summer nights.