1. Jemaa el-Fna
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, Jemaa el-Fna is one of the best known squares in Africa and is the center of city activity and trade. Jemma el-Fna might not look like much in day time. But once the sun is about to set, the market square starts to show its true color. Many vendors start to flock in as well as tourists and locals. Enjoy fresh orange juice or sit on the terrace of a cafe around the courtyard while enjoying this vibrant square. And as the night grows older, Jemma el-Fna keeps thriving until the wee hours.
2. Jardin Majorelle
Entering The Majorelle Garden is like walking into a movie set. It was at one time the home of the landscape painter Jacques Majorelle. Designer Yves Saint Laurent then bought and restored the property. The garden, open to the public since 1947, has a large collection of plants from five continents including cacti, palms and bamboo. This location is very instragmable, just make sure not to wear majorelle blue outfit or else you’ll blend in with the background.
3. Koutoubia Mosque
This is the largest mosque in the city, located alongside Jemaa el-Fna square. This mosque has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville and the Hassan Tower of Rabat. The mosque is made of red stone and brick. The minaret was designed to prevent a person at the top of the tower from viewing activity within the king’s harems. Unfortunately it was closed for a procession when I came to visit so I couldn’t see the inside.
4. Saadian Tombs
The Saadian Tombs were built in the 16th century as a mausoleum to bury numerous Saadian rulers and entertainers. If most tombs are grim, Saadian tombs is totally different. It can even be consider as a garden. Richly embellish with Islamic architecture decorations with floral motifs and calligraphy.
5. Ben Youssef Madrasa
Although I need to go through the winding streets to reach this place, it’s all worth it when I got here. The school to study the Qur’an was once the largest in North Africa. Built in the 14th century, the school has 100 study rooms, a courtyard in the middle of the school, and a luxuriously decorated prayer room. This is a paradise for medieval architecture lovers.