Excursions from Marrakech
Marrakech historical tour
- - Discover the city’s architectural attractions situated inside the Medina : The Koutoubia minaret, the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa. The Saadian Mausoleum displaying high level of decoration, using traditional stucco and Granada-style carving, typical of classical Moroccan buildings. The Bahia Palace, a masterpiece of domestic architecture and Dar Si Said one of the most beautiful palaces, now home to the museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts.
Marrakech souks & squares
- - Visit the labyrinthine souks of the old town. This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts. As evening approaches, head to Djemaa El Fna , the city’s main square. No one really knows how it came into being, but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech, where fire-eaters,mime artists,snake-charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.
- - You will be visiting the beautiful gardens which are dotted around the city. The Menara gardens are set in an extensive olive grove. At its center is a rectangular pool with a fabulous view of the Atlas Mountains. The Jardin Majorelle was designed by the French artist Jacques Majorelle who took up residence in Marrakech and turned his garden into a tropical paradise, surrounded by vivid cobalt blue buildings with verdant exotic groves, Lily-covered pools, huge and sculptural cactuses.
- - Enjoy a fabulous scenic drive to Asni and Ouirgane Valley in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, overlooked by Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. Drive through Berber villages and subsistence farming terraced fields. En route, visit a rural market where villagers from miles around meet to sell their various products. On Tuesdays and Saturdays you can explore a Berber market which is a weekly event. Enjoy the sunshine and spectacular views before returning to Marrakech.
- - This trip takes you to a stunning lush green valley in the first foothills of the impressive Atlas Mountains. In this Berber-populated unspoilt and charming valley, scattered at intervals are series of tiny hamlets, interspersed by a few summer homes. The local souk is a small roadside village which hosts a weekly Berber market. Heading further into the valley you will visit the local village and share mint tea with the Berbers in their home.
This area is famed for its traditional pottery and its varied samples of minerals and crystals.
- - Day excursion to the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira situated on the Atlantic coast. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese and occupied by them till the mid 18th century when the trans-saharan trade routes fell apart. The present town dates from the 18th century.
See the impressive town fortifications consisting of an amazing mixture of Portuguese and Berber military architecture. Explore the souks and the carpentry workshops devoted to cedar and thuya wood carving. See Gnaoua Art galleries which are dotted in the city, and visit the fortified fishing port.