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In southern Morocco at the foot of the Atlas Mountains is surrounded by a large palm grove Marrakech. It is considered to be the most beautiful fairy-tale city of the country, because it could preserve its original, oriental character. The magnificent palaces shimmer with their filigree turrets and windows in the setting evening sun, while in the distance the snow-covered mountain peaks glow white. Along with Meknès, Rabat and Fès, Marrakesh is one of the four royal cities.
Marrakech - A look at culture© monticellllo / Fotolia

Therefore, a visit to this place is an absolute must for every lover of the Orient, because here you can experience the magic of 1001 nights at close quarters. In just a few years, the "Pearl of the South" has become both the vibrant heart of Morocco and a popular destination for city travelers. Because of its 19-kilometer-long red city wall, it is also affectionately known as "the red city".

Places of interest in Marrakech
During your stay you should definitely visit Dmemaa el Fna square, which is the magical centre of the metropolis. Here you will meet acrobatic groups, storytellers, snake charmers and Gnawa musicians. It is no less interesting to look over the shoulders of the henna artists as they apply delicate patterns of plant colour to the skin of their clients. In the evening hours, the many stalls of the cookshops open, from where various aromatic food scents waft over the entire market place. They offer mainly regional specialities: Sausages made from seasoned lamb or snails are just a few examples of what is on offer.

A stroll through the narrow alleys of the medina with its numerous boutiques, where you can haggle over many a holiday souvenir, is a unique experience. The Koutoubia Mosque is the symbol of the big city. It was built by the Almohads in the 12th century and is one of the oldest churches in the country. An extraordinary architectural stylistic element is the top with its three golden spheres. If you have a taste for palm trees, you can go to the northern edge of Marrakech. There you will find an impressive oasis of palm trees, the Palmeraie. Especially on hot days, a walk between olive and fruit plantations and palm trees is a refreshing change.

Climate in Marrakesh
If you want to escape the wet and cold winter in Europe, this holiday region is a suitable destination. In the period from December to January, average temperatures here are around 10 degrees. The maximum temperatures in the summer months are around 30 degrees, but 40 degrees are also not uncommon in these latitudes. Especially then you have to choose the evening or early morning hours for your day trips. It is also advisable to protect yourself from the heat with a sun hat.
Marrakesh - Insight into the culture© Rafal Cichawa / Fotolia

If you want to get to know the country and its people actively during your holiday, you should choose the spring or autumn months for your trip. With outside temperatures around 20 degrees, sporting activities such as hiking or cycling are (almost) effortlessly possible. Cultural events in Marrakech For four days in July each year, the Festival National des Arts Populaires invites you to discover Moroccan culture. If this is too folkloric for you, you can also visit the annual International de Cinema event. This cinema festival is a worthwhile destination for the cold season, as it always takes place in winter.

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