The charm of Marrakech

Marrakesh, a hotbed of Moroccan history

Bathed in the pink glow of its adobe walls, the lovely Marrakesh throws open its doors to all culture lovers. Architectural masterpieces and traces of the human experience stand within these walls. Marrakesh is composed of an array of influences that defy eras, a mosaic of colors where the wonders of the past and the present come into focus.

Stroll through the city. Walk through a gate into the medina and advance into the old district. This is where you'll find the beating heart of the former royal capital and the famous minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque. The tower rises 250 feet like a beacon over Marrakesh. It is also a signature of Islamic art, for its design and proportions inspired Hassan Tower in Rabat and the Giralda of the Seville Cathedral.

Press on a bit further to the expansive Menara gardens created by the Almohad Caliphate to enjoy the cool calm of its olive tree-lined paths. As the sun sinks toward the horizon, the place takes on an enchanting amber glow that evokes the tales of the Arabian Nights.

Other types of beauty are found along the streets. Get lost in time as you marvel at these treasures bequeathed to the ocher city by history.