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Marrakech Travel Guide

The euphoric feeling of being in love can only be matched by the magic of Marrakech, the hypnotic, imperial city of Morocco. The city's rich culture is illustrated by tribal singing filling the air, architectural masterpieces decorating the streets and the aroma of exotic spices entertaining your nostrils. Stroll through the mosaic of mosques, gardens , storytellers, and healers, visit the dye merchants where it appears that a rainbow has exploded over its wool, or be mesmerized by the lanterns lighting up Jemaa el Fna Square. Pick up a love potion from a local potion vendor, get your fortunes told and dive into some street food as you witness the last rays of the days cast a red shadow over the city. It really doesn't get any more mystical than that!

An easy navigable city, Marrakech is focussed around two main sites, Jemaa el Fna and Koutoubia Mosque. The two are dominant fixtures in the centre of the medina and most of the sites and sounds encircle the two, so the chances of you getting lost are slim. Jemaa el Fna has been translated as 'the place of the dead', which could very well be the ultimate irony. Once the sun begins to sink into the horizon, Jemaa el Fna Square starts to fire up, transforming into a colourful carnival of mystical characters, music and spirituality, tragedy and romance, hawkers and beggars, rich and poor. The heartbeat of Marrakech, an illustration of Moroccan culture, and a feast for your eyes - Jemaa el Fna is a place like no other.

For a feast in every sense of the word, Marrakech's gastronomic delights are out of this world. Moroccan cuisine is as exotic and smouldering as the country's heat. Infused with cinnamon, saffron, paprika, cumin, chillies and a spice mix of raz-el-hanout, Moroccan food is a pleasant, if ruthless assault on the palate. Claiming cous cous and tajine as national dishes, Moroccan cuisine can be as elegant or as down-home hearty as you want it to be. Delicacies such as Bisteeya (pigeon pie) are definitely not for the faint hearted, nor the renowned sheep heads. The liveliest and cheapest place to eat in the evening is right on the Djemaa el-Fna. As the sun sets, a good portion of the square is taken over by innumerable stalls, each specialising in a different aspect of traditional Moroccan cuisine. From charcoal roasted lamb, known as 'mechoui' to kebabs or even fish and chips Moroccan style, enjoy the pungent exotica of Marrakech cuisine, where the food may be watching you eat.

So, explore the mosques, medinas and monuments, delve into Imperial history, wander through the gardens and ghosts or just soak up the atmosphere that is truly like no other. Marrakech will leave you awestruck.

For more inspiring Moroccan culture step into Fez and Meknes and step into a time warp back to the Middle Ages. Also both Imperial cities, the cultural mosaics of Fez and Meknes make up another part of Morocco's allure.

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