Visitors to Marrakech often disappear down a maze of winding alleys and emerge days later, relaxed and refreshed from their stays in spectacular riads. Many adventures await you in the ancient Medina with its Fondouks (artisans' workshops), seven Zaouias (saints' shrines) and stalls ladling up steaming bowls of snails and sheep's head soup.
The focal point of Marrakech is its celebrated square, the Jemaa el Fna. Towering over the scene is the stately Koutoubia minaret, a template for Hispano-Mauresque architecture and a reminder of the importance of Islam to the lives of the city's residents.
Always a byword for the exotic, the city that lured hedonists and idealists in the 20th century now attracts fashionistas in search of the souks, spices, spas, and chic rooftop bars.