Here's a quick guide to sights in and around Marrakech:
• Djemaa El-Fna:
• The souks: (suuqs)
Image: The Coulter family and Simon at the Weavers Souk
• Koutoubia Mosque:, next to Djemaa El-Fna, is named after the booksellers market once located here. Although non-believers are not permitted to enter the mosque, it is the prime place for prayers five times each day and beautifully lit at night.
• The Saadian Tombs:
Image: Saadian Tombs by Simon Hawkesley
were discovered only a century ago, preserved just as they were during the glory days of the Saadian rulers. Decorated inside with Zelij (Moroccan tiles), they don't take a lot of time to explore, but are worth a visit. Also look for the tombs of Jews and Christians buried here, which are noted by different letterings and the direction the tomb faces.
• The Majorelle Gardens:
Image: "Maggie Casey" enjoying the Marjorelle Gardens
• The Dar Si Saïd Museum: is set in an old palace five minutes away from Djemaa El-Fna. It houses an eclectic assortment of artifacts from Morocco through the ages, woodcraft, carpets, clothing, pottery and ceramics.
• Ben Youssef Madrassa:,
Image: Ben Youssef Medersa by Simon Hawkesley
one of the largest educational institutions in North Africa, is a school attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque and is home to beautiful art and architecture.
• El Bahia Palace:
Image: "Come lift me up to the water" Molly organising Simon at the Bahia Palace by Annie Coulter
Built in the late 19th century, is an ornate and beautiful complex, popular with guided tours and stray cats. Although entirely stripped of its furnishings, its ornately tiled rooms provide some insight of what it must have been like to be a nobleman in Morocco. Admission is 10 dirhams.
The El Badi Palace:
Image: El Badi Palace by Simon Hawkesley
is now in ruins and inhabited by storks and stray cats, although the view from the terrace is spectacular. There are underground passageways to explore. Admission is 10 dirhams.
by David Bear, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Senior Post-Gazette travel editor David Bear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.