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The Mowahad king and his doctor – Kennaria quarter

Photo: J Schalkwijk Just East of the central square of Marrakech, standing between the Dabachi and Riad Zitun Jdid districts is the Kennaria quarter. No one is quite sure where the name of the quarter originates from, some say from … Continue reading

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The Arsat gardens of Marrakech

‘Arsat’ is a term coined by the 19th century writer and Islamic scholar Hocine El Yamani, it’s meaning is to indicate the urban spaces which were cultivated and transformed into botanical gardens by the order of the kings of the … Continue reading

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The dagger clans of Mouassine

Like many areas of the red city of Marrakech, the Mouassine district has a history spanning hundreds of years. Previously called Houmat Abi Abidan, the name for this well-known part of the city came to be called Mouassine at some … Continue reading

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Hamza the street performer: Charlie Chaplin in Marrakech

If you stroll through the winding streets nearby Rue Riad Zitoun el Kdim and the Riad Dar Habiba, you may be lucky enough to spot Hamza. Hamza is a street cleaner by his daily trade, however he also has a burning … Continue reading

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Jemaa al-Fnaa: mint sellers of the Medina

Scattered throughout the Medina you will see the many mint salesmen going about their daily trade. Mint is an absolutely key staple in Moroccan society, used in marinades for a variety of dishes and of course in the traditional mint … Continue reading

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Poste Maroc: postcards in Jemaa al-Fnaa

On the south-western side of the central square of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover a large post office (Poste Maroc). For around 8 Dirham’s (£0.60) you can purchase a postal stamp that will let you send a postcard from your … Continue reading

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Moroccan dried fruits: sacred and delicious

Dried Moroccan fruits and dates in particular are not only key staples in Moroccan cuisine, they have a rich cultural and historical significance that goes back many thousands of years. As early as 6,000 BC there is evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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Trinkets of the square: The curse of the evil eye

A late night stroll through Marrakech’s central square, Jemaa al-Fnaa will lead you to encounter all kinds of the weird and the wonderful. However particularly towards the Eastern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover many Marrakshi locals selling unusual … Continue reading

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Aqua: Italian cuisine in the heart of Marrakech

On the Eastern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will find Aqua, a quaint Italian pizzeria in the heart of the Medina. Depending on the length of your stay in the red city of Marrakech, you might discover that the intensely … Continue reading

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7 Saints Restaurant: Jemaa al-Fnaa

The 7 Saints is a cosy Café-Restaurant in the southern reaches of the central square of Marrakech, Jemaa al-Fnaa. At the 7 Saints you will be able to find traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as good variety of European dishes such … Continue reading

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Souk Semmarine: The famous Souk districts of the Medina.

If you speak to anyone who has visited Marrakech, you can be sure that they will mention the red cities famous Souk District. Located in the very heart of the Medina, just north of Jemaa al-Fnaa and a five minute … Continue reading

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The Almoravid dynasty: The Almoravid Koubba

The Almoravid Koubba is the oldest building in Marrakech, constructed in 1117 it’s the only remaining example of architecture from the Almoravid Berber dynasty of which remains in the red city. In times long gone past the space that the … Continue reading

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Horse drawn carriages: Calèches in Marrakech

As you stroll through the winding alleys of the Marrakech Medina you will see that the pathways are shared by pedestrians, mopeds, donkey-drawn carts and the Calèche. Calèches are horse-drawn carriages of which can hold four to five people. Moroccans have … Continue reading

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Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra: Salon de Thé in Jemaa al-Fnaa

Located in the north-eastern reaches of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra. The Café Restaurant occupies an entire corner of the northern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa, making it easy to find if this is your first visit to the … Continue reading

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The Majorelle Gardens: Marrakech’s botanical paradise

Just a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from the Marrakesh Medina are the Majorelle Gardens (Le Jardin Majorelle). The garden’s were created as a project by the French artist Jacques Majorelle between the 1920′s and 30′s … Continue reading

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