Archive for March, 2011

Eight places to visit in Marrakech of historical interest

Friday, March 25th, 2011

At the foot of the Atlas mountains, steeped in history, lies fascinating Marrakech, Morocco’s most important former Imperial city. Here’s a brief guide to the best historical sites and other must-see attractions:

The Koutoubia Mosque: the minaret (70m) is the highest of the city, a landmark visible for many kms. The mosque has been used as an architectural blueprint for many other mosques since the minaret was completed during the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184-1199).

El-Badi Palace: translated as “the incomparable palace”, the El Badi, built by the Saadian king, Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578, is one of the most visited sites in Marrakech, Today, the shell of the original building, thought once to have consisted of 360 rooms, most of them swathed in gold from Sudan, plays host to the annual festival of Moroccan folklore, usually held in June.

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The TransMarocaine – not just a race in Morocco, more an Atlas adventure!

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The 6th running of the TransMarocaine takes place from Saturday 12th to Sunday March 20th 2011.

What is the TransMarocaine? Described as a Multi-Sports Challenge, the event is open to Men and Women of all levels of athletic ability and is a fabulous way of seeing some of the best of Morocco.

The objective is to cross the Atlas mountains in five stages, from south to north, by mountain bike, kayak, (on Lake Ouarzazate), and on foot (walking, running and orienteering) amid some of the most outstanding natural scenery in Morocco.

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