The name Marrakech (Marrakesh) originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means “Land of God.” It is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape have made it an enviable destination in Morocco.
The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. The Medina is full of intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. In contrast, Gueliz plays host to modern restaurants, fast food chains, and big brand stores.
The following is a list of local sites and monuments in Marrakech that our students will have the opportunity to explore:
- 1Plazas and squares
- 3Palaces and riads
- 4Places of worship
- 5Tombs and burial grounds