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Marrakesh / Morocco
Marrakesh is truly the city of entertainment in Morocco. In the center of Marrakesh is a square, Djemaa el fna, which is the operating point for entertainers like acrobats, drummers, dancers, pipe musicians, comedians and storytellers. There's plenty of choice for meals, including the spectacle of the Djemaa el Fna food stalls, many inexpensive caf�-restaurants and a number of upmarket palace-restaurants, which offer Morocco's traditional cuisine at its very best.
Marrakesh is Morocco's second largest city and its population continues to rise. It has a prosperous industrial area and is the most significant market and organizational centre of Southern Morocco. Marrakesh is not a place of many historical monuments and buildings, but its beauty lies in the atmosphere and the spectacular location. Marrakesh with the outstanding peaks of the Atlas expanding behind the city has very warm humid summers and shimmering white snowy winters. Marrakshis are well-known for their warmth and sociability, their humor and honesty.
The accommodation in Marrakesh ranges from cheap hotels though quiet pleasant to up market, comfortable, modern hotels with wonderful pools and design. The Medina has the main concentration of cheap hotels, while the hotels in Hivernage and Semlalia are most luxury hotels. Booking hotels well in advance will be a wise idea especially over Christmas, Easter and New Year's where you'll find that all the hotels is full to capacity. There are also many choices for villas, self-catering and studio apartments that will suit your budget!
Things to See & Do
It is not essential to have a guide in Marrakesh as the maps will guide you perfectly. The souks are interesting places in alleys and small squares which are dedicated to specific crafts, where you can often watch part of the making process. There are a number of souks worth visiting, you can easily find the way in the souks on your own, and besides, getting a little bit lost is part of the fun. The most appealing times to visit the souks are early morning and late afternoon when they auction off merchandise to the public. The Marrakesh Museum is also a place of note; it houses exhibitions of Moroccan art and sculpture, both traditional and contemporary. There's also a small bookshop and caf� in the entrance courtyard. With the summers in Marrakesh being so hot nobody seem to be wanting to do much. A perfect place to do nothing is in the gardens, with many picnic spots, lake-sized pools and cool and quiet surroundings.
Marrakesh eating and drinking options break down less rigidly than usual between the Ville Nouvelle, in this case the Medina. The Medina is where you'll find most of the city's French-style caf�s, bistros and restaurants and virtually all the bars. There's plenty of choice for meals, including the spectacle of the Djemaa el Fna food stalls, many inexpensive caf�-restaurants and a number of upmarket palace-restaurants, which offer Morocco's traditional cuisine at its very best.