Top 5 Unusual Morocco (Marrakesh) Attractions

Arab countries aren’t known for their wacky, outrageous or unusual sites but if you take the trouble to find out about Morocco you’ll discover that the country (and in this post I’m highlighting Marrakesh) has its fair share of unique attractions. Here are my top 5 finds for unique attractions in Marrakesh.
1. Cyber Park
Ave Mohammed V Hivernage, Marrakech – open hours 9am-7pm
An 8 hectare park or in fact “royal garden” with beautiful flowerbeds, trees and open green spaces. The park itself may date back to 1700 but the modern technology you will find along the paths are very much from this century. Throughout the Cyber Park are computer stations or kiosks where you can go online. You may have to wait your turn as the computers are in high demand but it’s worth the chance of surfing the net under a palm tree.
2. Jewish Quarter and Spice Market
Left of the Bahia Palace, Marrakesh – Friday Spice Market
Marrakesh once had a thriving Jewish population of  10,000, today there are just a few Jews still living in the Jewish Quarter or Mellah. Within the area you can see the Miara Jewish Cemetery, Hebrew writing on some of the buildings, the old Lazama Synagogue and visit the market. Many visitors say that shopping in the Mellah souq is a much more pleasant experience than the larger Marrakesh markets. At the Friday-only Mellah spice market you can get herbs, spices and natural remedies which the vendors have bought directly from Berbers who come into the city once a week from the Atlas Mountains.
3. Atlas Film Studios
Ouarzazate – 9am-6pm
Not far outside of the city are the Atlas Studios which are the largest film studios in the world covering over 98km². The area was the site for the filming of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia as well as Alexander the Great, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Star Wars and Gladiator. See huge props and sets including a plane and an Egyptian tomb. There are tours every half hour in English and French.
4. Tree Art
Avenue Mohammed V, New Town, Marrakesh
All along this avenue you can see Eucalyptus trees which have been decorated with designs that have been burnt into the tree trunks. The patterns and designs are varied and contemporary. The art is the work of Mulayhafid Taqouraite and a band of tree carving artistic friends. Why? Because the trees were there!
5. Les Jardins Hotel
Route de L’Ourika Kilometer 13, Sidi Abdellah Ghiat, BP4
For some completely different Morocco accommodation go 20 minutes out of the city to do some “Glamping” that is Morocco style Glam+Camping. Comfortable caidel tents are erected around a Kasbah with an infinity pool together with three houses and small African huts. Apart from all the creature comforts you can use the hammam and get spa treatments, play mini-golf, eat in the restaurant and use the recreational facilities all in a very African oasis-type environment. With both tents and African huts to choose from there are rates to suit backpackers as well as adventurous millionaires.

 

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8 Responses to Top 5 Unusual Morocco (Marrakesh) Attractions

  1. polo May 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    One of my dream destinations, I’ll keep these ideas in mind.

  2. Spamalot May 20, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Yeh I also feel that way about Africa, the Muslim culture means you have to keep modest but otherwise it is safe.

  3. oakley May 20, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I’ve always been a bit scared of traveling to north Africa especially as I’m female but I see there’s quite a lot to see there.

  4. Paula May 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    There are plenty of other unusual things in this city, you just have to wander around the city to find them.

  5. Kory May 21, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    Looking forward to a trip and just collecting ideas of what to do and where to go, thanks.

  6. Niki May 21, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Anyone know more about the Jewish community in Marocco?

  7. Diane May 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Africa is a great place to visit as their cultures are so foreign to most Westeners. Of course you have to be careful when traveling there.

  8. fred mucai July 27, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    This is a great post showing how varied destinations the world over are. You imagine that a place has only sun and sand only to discover there is a lot more

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