In the heart of Morocco is Marrakech, the prosperous and constantly growing capital of the south. Its character is much more African than those of Morocco’s other principal cities. It is one of its main attractions, along with its stunning setting among the Atlas mountains and its Mediterranean climate.

With its fascinating aura, Marrakech draws visitors despite its lack of significant historical monuments. Called the Red City due to its warm stucco buildings, it is a colourful place, with snake charmers and mules along its winding streets. Le Souk, the biggest traditional marketplace in Morocco, is full of traditional crafts, spices, and olives.

Street acrobats and musicians can be seen in the old town’s central square, Djemaa el fna. The square is a favourite among tourists for sampling local cuisine at night, when food stalls are set up. For fine dining, there are also swanky restaurants housed in palaces. The more modern part of the city, the French-designed Gueliz, serves as a business and commercial centre. It offers a distinct contrast to the old town, with wide streets radiating from its centre.


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