Once upon a time there was a magical place born from the fusion of the mountain and the plain, the south wind and the desert sand. Nomads decide to settle there. Thus was born the cradle of the future Marrakech, in the year 1062 … immemorial Heritage bequeathed by Zaynab, founder and queen of the Moroccan city, which she chose the name and location: “In this long space of light, bounded from one side by the snows and the fire by the other one, everything is transformed into a second.”
The story was written by men, but it was also made by women, heroines, pioneers or inspirers, who often changed the course of human destiny. Zaynab Nefzaouia married Youssef Ibn Tachfin, the King of the Almoravid dynasty, in the fourth marriage, and helped to build an immense empire by his side. Aragon said that woman is the future of man; Zaynab has brought Youssef into posterity.
Many commercial caravans passed by Marrakech before the Almoravid Berber leader Youssef ibnou Tachafine and his wife Zinab arrived. The new tribe Almoravid originally from the Sahara Desert, built the walls in AD 1062 and extend the city making it the most important trading center in whole Africa, then his cousin settled Tumbouktou few years later.
Marrakech shows the African and the Berber side of Morocco instead Fez is more Andalusian & European, making the country to be that diverse on all ways. Marrakech Medina is a wonderful labyrinth with its narrow alleys, buildings and huge Souks ( Markets). Take a break at the Main square Djemaa Lefna and get to see the gardens in Gueliz the new and modern town. Just as the color blue is synonymous with Fés, green with Meknès and white with Rabat, red is the colour of Marrakesh. A local Berber legend has it that when the Koutoubia was planted in the city’s heart, it poured so much blood that all the walls, houses and roads turned this color. Today the red of the earth walls surrounding the medina and its flat roofed houses is that of still raw scars and at dusk, in the last rays of the setting sun, you could almost believe the blood is flowing again as the city’s ramparts turn crimson.
The best time to visit is undoubtedly early spring. If you can, you should avoid Marrakesh during the sticky months July and August.