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Top Choice Square in Djemaa El-Fna & Around

Djemaa el-Fna

Think of it as live-action channel-surfing: everywhere you look in the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s main square, you’ll discover drama in progress. The hoopla and halqa (street theatre) has been non-stop here ever sin…
Top Choice Islamic Site in Central Souqs

Ali ben Youssef Medersa

‘You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded’ reads the inscription over the entryway to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, and after almost six centuries, the blessing still works its charms on visitors. Si…
Top Choice Dunes in M’hamid

Erg Chigaga

The star attraction is the misnamed Erg Chigaga, not a single dune (erg) but an awesome stretch of golden sand sea some 56km southwest of M'Hamid. It is the largest sand sea in Morocco, snaking along the horizon for…
Top Choice Moroccan in Ville Nouvelle

Amal Center

Do good while eating delicious food – double bonus. The Amal Center supports and trains disadvantaged Moroccan women in restaurant skills and you get to feast on their flavours. So many Marrakesh restaurants reflect…
Top Choice Moroccan in Tetouan

Blanco Riad

The menu at this elegant riad is a cut above the usual, and features some innovative Moroccan dishes, heavy on local seasonal produce and a big change from the standard tajine menu. The garden is pleasant in summer,…
Top Choice Ruins in Volubilis

Roman Ruins

Only about half of the 40-hectare site at Volubilis has been excavated. The better-known monuments are in the northern part of the site, furthest from the entrance in the south. Information boards are irregular, and…
Top Choice Mosque in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque

This flamboyant building was built at enormous expense to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the city's major landmark, …
Top Choice Workshop in Fez

Chaouwara Tanneries

The Chaouwara tanneries are one of the city’s most iconic sights (and smells), offering a unique window into the pungent, natural process of producing world-class leather using methods that have changed little since…
Top Choice Gardens in Ville Nouvelle

Jardin Majorelle

Other guests bring flowers, but Yves Saint Laurent gifted the Jardin Majorelle to Marrakesh, the city that adopted him in 1964. Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé bought the electric-blue villa and its garde…
Top Choice Palace in Riads Zitoun & Kasbah

Bahia Palace

Imagine what you could build with Morocco’s top artisans at your service for 14 years, and here you have it.The salons of both the petit riad and grand riad host intricate marquetry and zouak (painted wood) ceilings…