Marrakech is a land of heritage, history and ancient culture, as well as mountains, green Berber villages and natural beauty. It is an unmissable destination and no trip to Northern Africa is complete without a visit. Every new visitor falls immediately in the red city charm; the colorful souks and the small alleys in Medina take everyone’s breath away with its endless surprises and stunning architecture. However, there’s more to Marrakech than the famous attractions that most people know about. For a unique full experience in Marrakech, here are the most underrated places that must be included in a visit.
1- Ben Youssef Medrassa
Medrassa means an old Islamic school or college. Medrassa Ben Youssef was once home to hundred of Muslim students for over than four hundred years. Many students came from different areas all around Morocco and Muslim countries to study in this historical school. The Medrassa turned into a museum in 1960, and renovated in 1999 and further renovation has started in 2018. It is one of the hidden gems in the old city of Marrakech. Once you step your foot in the Ben Youssef Medrassa you feel its calmness and spirituality. Its art and serenity are astonishing. The Medrassa walls are adorned with unique sculptures and decorative coatings, The Medrassa enhances the beauty of the Mororccan Islamic architecture.
Before you plan your visit check whether it has re-opened.
2 – Marrakech Medina by Night
We recommend the visit of Marrakech Medina at night in a private guided tour. The vibrant nightlife of Medina is really different before the sunset. The irresistible atmosphere of Jamaa El Fna Square is surrounded by the maze of stalls and the endless walks back and forth of tourists and local people. Being with a certificate local guide guarantees your safety and it’s how you can make sure that many hidden unique places can be explored after the dark.
Don’t forget to book one of Medina’s restaurants and enjoy the local and international foods with good music and great dance that you do not get before sunset!
3 – Dar el Bacha Museum of Confluences
Dar el Bacha Museum of Confluences was built in the Marrakech medina by Pasha Thami El Glaoui in 1910. It has lovely gardens and zellige mosaic and Andalusian style architecture, tilework of this opulent palace, and has exhibitions focused on Moroccan culture. The museum is a real blessing for art lovers and history. It’s only a 15-min walk from Jemaa El Fna Square. However you need to know that Dar El Bacha is closed on Tuesdays