One of the highlights of any trip to North Africa and certainly of any trip to Morocco is Marrakesh. It is the former capital of Morocco, and a lively and bustling city in the modern day. It is one of those special places that travelers will be deeply impacted by, not necessarily because of its sightseeing spots but based on all the different kinds of people and interesting characters you encounter there. It is very difficult to have a boring experience in Marrakesh.
One of the focal points for visitors is the Djemma el-Fna, the massive central market. It really is more than just a regular market, it is something akin to a circus sideshow or a traveling carnival. It can be overwhelming, and you need to have your wits about you to resist the approaches of all sorts of people seeking your attention, and to protect your wallet. But if you can relax and simply be assertive and know your boundaries, then you can freely enjoy this massive freakshow for what it’s worth. Near the gates through which you enter the marketplace, there are terrace cafes where you can sit and watch the madness unfold while sipping some coffee or tea. Around the time of sunset, the building of the Djemma turn a haunting combination of orange and blue. After dark, the area is illuminated with lanterns, and the surreal scene becomes even moreso.
The city is punctuated by historical ruins and monuments, and is surrounded by old city walls. Around town there are various towers and fotifications that remind you that you are indeed in an ancient desert city in North Africa. You will be surrounded by traditional ambiance, and even though Marrakesh is not a new destination for tourists, it is very far from spoiled and it is a great place to experience Morocco with a touch of big city weirdness.