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Why Marrakech is One of the World’s Most Beautiful Cities

Travelers Today       By    Staff Reporter

Updated: Oct 25, 2019 08:33 AM EDT

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A Canadian-based online travel company named Flight Network has named Marrakech one of the top 50 most beautiful cities in the world.

According to Flight Network, "You'll feel like you've been transported into a movie while you walk through the Old City, and then feel transported back to today when stepping into the New City."

Marrakech is an eclectic - and sometimes chaotic - meeting place of different cultures and styles. The heart of the city is surrounded by ramparts, contains the medina, and a maze of narrow streets.

Marrakech is nestled in the shadow of the Atlas Mountain range and is perhaps most famous for its medina (old city), a UNESCO-protected maze of alleys and markets, and the iconic 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.

One is taken by the contrast of colors: the city, its pink adobe walls, its walls covered with bougainvillea from which arise bunches of palm trees and greenery, spectacular scenery snow-covered peaks of the High Atlas under a bright sky of intense blue that announces the true nature of Marrakech.

Founded 1000 years ago, Marrakech has a rich history, marked by the brilliant periods of its history.

It has become a real temple of design. Most of the designer and designer boutiques are located in the modern district of Guéliz.

Marrakech is also the most frequently visited city in the continent of Africa and the World's Third Best Travel Destination for 2016.

Morocco has the most exquisite cuisine in Africa. It has hundreds and over a thousand of unusual and local spices that chefs from different countries order them or personally have them picked up.

You can stay at fancy hotels and motels anywhere you go. There are 3 major areas you can stay in Medina, Ville Nouvelle, and the outskirts of the city. If you negotiate with them, you might get away with a price between $5 - $20 per night.

December to May is the period with the ideal weather for sightseeing.

Marrakech Food Tours organizes an evening street food tour, which is a four-hour walk hopping from one food place to another. Cumin and cinnamon are staples in Moroccan cuisine. Marrakech, in particular, takes pride in their tangia, a lamb stew that is oven-cooked for hours. Hout Quari is a sardine sandwich that this surprisingly delectable. Although Couscous Tfaya is a common item at Moroccan restaurants today, traditionally couscous is prepared by the women in the family on Fridays. It has no meat and just vegetables and tfaya or caramelized onions.

The Koutoubia Mosque is the spiritual center where its minaret is the most eye-catching and most imposing structure in the medina.

The largest Quranic learning center in Morocco and Northern Aftrica is Ben Youssef Madrasa. It was named after 12th century Almoravid sultan Alu ibn Yusuf.

Souks has everything you can haggle: Spices, dried fruits, garments, Berber carpets, woodwork, leatherwork, ironwork, kaftans, pottery, jewelry, and more.

Discover the city's history at the 16th-century Saadian Tombs (Rue de La Kasbah),  where Sultan al-Mansour spared no expense decorating his mausoleum with imported Italian Carrara marble and a gilded honeycomb muqarnas ceiling that still dazzles those who look upon it.

Enjoy Marrakech in all its colors and glory.

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