Marrakesh

 

The ancient walled city of Marrakesh is famous for the medieval-style squares and alleyways of the old medina, where tradesmen such as artisan carpenters and metal workers ply their crafts amidst the tantalising chaos of the myriad souks (bazaars). At the city's heart is the Djemaa el-Fnaa, one of the best-known squares in Africa and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which each night plays host to a myriad of traditional performers - from storytellers and snake charmers to mystics and monkey trainers!

 

Marrakesh

 

Elsewhere in the Red City, as Marrakesh is commonly known, one finds lush gardens, spectacular ruins and countless stunning examples of early Islamic architecture, including the world-renowned Koutoubia minaret, a 77m-high sandstone tower adorned with gilded copper.

 

Marrakesh's median (old town)

To the west of the Old Town is its modern counterpart, the colonial Ville Nouvelle. Scored by wide, tree-lined boulevards, the New Town is the place to come for boutique shopping, café culture and fine dining. You may even spot a celebrity or two (the city is a haunt of the French glitterati). It's a far cry from the mesmerising maelstrom of the medina, but no less a part of this incredible city.