Storia di Marrakech
Marrakech la magnifica, Marrakech la trepidante.
The magnificent Marrakech, the oriental Marrakech, the vibrant Marrakech. Why this city inspires such magic, such charm, such attraction?
Maybe because this oasis in the middle of the desert, that have fascinated the visitors for ages, immediately offering its heart and the secrets of its historic past, became the companion of your vacation.
You can discover its oriental cuisine that at one time releases hundreds of fragrances.
The spices that can be found on the markets of Medina, offer you its tastes. In Marrakech one arrives for vacation, but he will have the will to stay here for eternity.
Marrakech is the ideal city to take advantage of the time that pass. You can discover its activities, especially the wrought iron, the markets, the henna. The cultural activities are equally well developed. You can visit the many art galleries and the palaces of the authentic Morocco.
Marrakech (pronounced Marrak’che in arab), was for a long time the southern rival of Fez; two rivals for the title "capital of the empire". Marrakech expands over the Haouz plain, and it is surrounded with 7 km pink-red wall made from “tabiya”, mixture of local pink sand and lime. This colour covers the monuments in this city, both antic and modern, and this characteristic gives to the city it’s nickname “Al Hamra” (the red).
The bastions were erected in 1126-27 to replace the bramble barrier that protected the first camp of the Almoravids. The first Almoravid communities were composed of tribes from the Atlas, nomads from Sahara, different defeated African and Maghreb populations, and also from antic communities of black freed slaves. The visitor will notice that the inhabitants of Marrakech have darker skin than the inhabitants of the other Moroccan cities, which is easily understandable considering the black population that lives in the surrounding areas.
That’s why Marrakech is “the most African” of all the other cities in Morocco; africanity that crosses the borders of the western Moroccan Sahara.
Otherwise, the natural position of Marrakech is of such beauty that stops the breath. Situated in the immense plain pulled out of the desert, thanks to the persistence of the people, and with scenes from the foothills of the majestic High Atlas, the tallest mountain chain of Morocco, with snowy peaks and with vegetational belt made up of 1001 palm trees.
Of all the Moroccan imperial cities, Marrakech is without doubt the one whose name evokes most eroticism and sense of disorientation. It is the charm of Morocco. City rich with history, Marrakech is not just any city. Here everything has original, lively, inviting taste: this place, it’s heterogeneous population that is known for its sense of humor, its handmade products, that often compete with those from the beautiful Fez in the north Morocco, the artists from all the world that fell in love with it and that live here in complete anonymity, without forgetting its beautiful Riad that the whole world wants to get hold of....
The city knew how to preserve intact the many small things that have shaped its appearance that even today seem like frozen in time. Above all its handmade products: masterpieces that grow from the fingers and the hands of the craftsmen from Marrakech: leather goods, iron work that are exported in all the world, traditional Moroccan dress, traditional lamps made of ship skin in artistic forms, embroidered pouf (pillows for sitting on the ground), miraculous rugs, etc. Rent in Marrakech of real garden-houses.
The caravans that one time ensured flourishing trade with black Africa had habit to stop here, looking for rest in the restaurants, before they took across the great Sahara desert.
The ingenuity and the shrewdness of the people helped them to find a solution for the insufficiency of watter. They stored water from the underground Khittaras (river basins) and prevented the evaporation of the precious liquid that water one whole palm grove and protected it from the ocher wall that at one time surrounded the “medina or the old city”. Discover the riads of Marrakech in Morocco.
In Marrakech the rivalry is most evident. In the red city, that at the end of the week attracts the rich and famous people from France and England, over 500 riads have been restored in less than 10 years. Most of them are property of foreigners from France, England, Germany. This Moroccan garden-houses, inspired by the Arabo-Andalusian style, have accommodated the rich families from Morocco for many years.