Here are some photos from our trip to Morocco in Northern Africa. The excursion took us through the ancient city of Marrakech and its Jamma el Fna souk (market), which is well known among international travelers navigating historic, old-world trade routes into and out of Africa. The city was founded in 1062, but the area has been inhabited by people since the Neolithic stone age. The old-city medina is surrounded by a 12th century rampart with 19 gated entrances. Inside the media of Marrakech, the modern world meshes with tradition. Many of the palaces and other attractions are open to tourists who often crash in large, multi-story riads or old houses that have been converted into quaint hotels. The souks are still active selling a range of traditional products: ceramics, fabrics, spices, produce, woodcrafts and more. Today, there are around one million people living in Marrakech.
Here's a few other quick stats and some photos:
- Population: 1,063,415 Metro; 928,850 Prefecture (2014)
- Number of Households: 217,245 (2014)
- Population Rank: 4th Largest City in Morocco
- Area: 230 km2 (2.5×109 sq ft)
- Average Temps: 12 °C (54 °F) Winter to 32–45 °C (90–113 °F) Summer
- Elevation: 466 m (1,529 ft)
- Established: 1062
- Visitors/Tourists Annually: 2 Million
- Coordinates: 31°37′46″N 7°58′52″W
Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech, Morocco.
Jamaa el Fna, a well-known souk (market) in Marrakech.
Market packed at night for socializing, eating and shopping.
Taking in the rooftop views of Marrakech.
A touch of modern charm and hipster culture woven into the Rahba Lakdima spice square.
Horse and carriage near Bab Agnaou, which is one of 19 gates into the Marrakech medina.
Roses in the garden of the Saadian Tombs (Marrakech).
Overlooking Casablanca on layover.