Marrakech the magic

Marrakech , is the second oldest imperial city known as the « Pearl of the South »
It is truly the city of entertainment in Morocco. In the center of Marrakech is a square, Djemaa el Fna, which is the operating point for entertainers such as acrobats, drummers, dancers, pipe musicians, comedians and storytellers. There's plenty of choice for meals, including the Djemaa el Fna food stalls, many inexpensive cafe-restaurants and a number of up-market palace-restaurants that offer Morocco's traditional cuisine at its very best.

Marrakech is Morocco's second largest city and its population continues to rise. It has a prosperous industrial area and is the most significant market and organizational... Show more


The separate Jewish quarter was created in 1557. The Jews of Marrakesh were an important financial resource- they controlled most of Saadien sugar trade. In the 16th century their quarter was almost a town itself, supervised by rabbs and with its own souks, gardens, fountains and synagogues. Most of the Jews of Marrakesh went long ago to Casablanca or emigrated to France or Israel. To the east of the Mellah is the old Jewish cemetery, The Mihaara. Close by is a synagogue which is still in active use.


The tzaddik is Rabbi Shlomo ben Hensh, dead 500 years but still revered like a saint. El fassie has devoted the last 24 years of his life to guarding the tzaddik's tomb.
These days, Israeli, American and Western European tourist visit El fassie and his tzaddik to ask for blessings.
But the spirit of the tzaddik has survived many crises during his five centuries interred in the Ourika Valley.
Most members of the Moroccan Berber tribes are Muslim today. However, some North African Berbers, like El fassie's ancestors, were Jewish before Arab conquerors arrived here more than 1,300 years ago.

Like their Muslim counterparts, who revere each departed holy man, Jewish Berbers always made the commemoration... Show more