Sunday, May 29, 2011

Orange Juice in Jemaa el Fna Square

Do you want to travel to an exotic destination? The trip to Marrakesh is full of unique experiences, culture, new tastes, and completely different smells. Here you will find monkeys and snake charmers to typical and endless rows of orange juice stalls. All these ingredients are key to turning this city of Morocco into one of the favorite destinations for travelers who want to visit unusual destinations.

Marrakesh at the foot of the Atlas, speaks for itself, as its name in the original Berber means "Land of God". Are you ready to fall surrendered to the charms of Marrakesh?

1. Mingling with people in Jamaa el Fna

This public square in the Medina (old city) is the heart of the city and it develops its trader's activity, street performers, street vendors and all in an environment surrounded by cafes, restaurants and the sound of flutes charmers snakes.

The Jamaa el Fna Square has so much life that was declared Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. After admiring her from the heights, you have to enter the square and be enchanted by the flutists with snakes dance to their tune, aguadores desert with its colorful costumes, musicians, henna tattoo artists and carts selling orange juice.

2. Discover infinite shades of blue and green in the Garden Majorelle

In 1919 the French painter Jacques Majorelle began creating this botanical garden with cacti, yuccas, jasmines and workshop house that is now world famous for its distinctive blue color. In the 80s Yves Saint-Laurent doubled the number of plant species in this garden. Undoubtedly, one of the things to see in Marrakesh.

3. Try new flavors

If you are looking for the most authentic flavors of Marrakesh, gives a tour of the food stalls in the Djemaa el Fna square. One of the traditional dishes is roast lamb head, do you dare to try it?

4. Staying in a Riad

A trip to Marrakesh will never be complete without a stay in a riad, a typical Moroccan house with a garden inside. In Marrakesh there are about 800 accommodations like this, you just have to pick the one you like!

5. Contemplating the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque

The Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakesh and its minaret, almost 70m high, is one of the most representative images of the city.

6. Learning to dribble in zocos

You may not have the ability to bargain, but to buy in the souks of Marrakesh will have to put all your wits (and patience) to get the best price for handicrafts lamps, handbags, and jewelry. It is a tip to haggle, and be firm when you say "no".

7. Test Tajin

One of the most famous dishes of Moroccan cuisine around the world is the tagine. This cone-shaped container allows food to cook steamed and retain all its aromas and flavors. You need to try one of the delicious juices of Marrakesh!

8. Imagining the past luxurious El Badi Palace

This palace was built in 1578 and was known at that time as being the architectural wonder of the Muslim world. It was not at least in the decoration of the 360 rooms of this fortress precious materials like gold and onyx were used. Today only an esplanade with walls and orange gardens.

9. Cool off with an orange juice

In Marrakesh, you will taste one of the best orange juice, with permission of the Valencians, of course! In Yamma El Fna Square you will find many places in which order a refreshing freshly squeezed juice for only four dirhams (35 cents).

10. Enjoy the peace of the Menara Gardens

If you are looking for some quiet time away from the bustle of the city, your site is in the Menara Gardens. This space was centuries ago only reserved for sultans, is now open to anyone who wants to admire him.

11. SaadĂ­ Dynasty Tombs

For its beautiful decoration, the Saadian tombs are other things to see in Marrakesh. This place, with the remains of 60 members of the Saadi Dynasty was discovered in 1917 and was restored by the Fine Arts Service.

12. At any time of the day, drink tea

Undoubtedly, the mint tea is the most popular drink in Marrakesh, and do not have to wait for dessert to take it! You can take a delicious tea with or without sugar, with or without pasta when you please.

13. Learn something new at the Museum of Marrakesh

A complete journey must include at least one visit to a museum. In Marrakesh, located in the Mnebbi palace, the nineteenth century, you will find a beautiful collection of Moroccan modern art.

If you suddenly feel the need to live all these things in person, hit the button and book your flights to Marrakesh.

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Kalyan Panja
Kalyan Panja is a photographer and a travel writer sharing stories and experiences through photographs and words