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Exploring Marrakech Old City

Your guru: Smail
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  • Marrakesh
  • Available in: English

About the guru Smail

Salam Aleikom, I am Ismail from Marrakech. I am a licensed local tour guide in Marrakech, I am a local host in Marrakech for guests aiming at exploring my city. I worked before in the Moroccan Pavillion in Epcot Center in Disney World as a cultural representative for Morocco. I came back to Morocco in 2010 and started another adventure of guiding service. I can guide you an... More »

Salam Aleikom, I am Ismail from Marrakech. I am a licensed local tour guide in Marrakech, I am a local host in Marrakech for guests aiming at exploring my city. I worked before in the Moroccan Pavillion in Epcot Center in Disney World as a cultural representative for Morocco. I came back to Morocco in 2010 and started another adventure of guiding service. I can guide you and show you my city, history, culture, touristic sightseeings and local life. If you love discovering Marrakech, do not hesitate to contact us and let us make your own unforgettable experience.

About the tour

Join me on this old city cultural, historical and touristic sightseeing tour. It is about exploring the secrets of the old city, best sights and local life in the fourth-largest city of Morocco. We will be walking inside and through the Medina's narrow alleyways and landmarks such as Koutoubia Mosque, Bab Agnaou, Jamaa Elfna Square, etc.

Go on a cultural journey exploring through the streets of Marrakech to the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Its height (70m tall) makes of the Mosque’ minaret a landmark for navigating the city. The mosque’s interior is not open to non-Muslims, but you can still take a walk in its garden. As you walk around it, you will learn from much about its history and the 5 pillars of Islam, along with other religious matters.

From here, we head and continue our exploring adventure by stopping at the outside of the tomb of the founder of Marrakech Youssef Iben Tachfine. We discuss how he founded the city in 1062 by discovering the strategic location of Marrakech for the trade Caravans coming from the subsaharian areas.

Afterwards, we continue our walk to see Bab Agnaou that is one of the historical landmarks. From here we get inside the Kasbah quarter that hosted the royal family and the chancellors of Alomohad dinasty. After having a rich talk about The Moroccan society, economy, political system and culture, we head towards the Jewish quarter Mellah.

Take a walk in the Mellah, a historical Jewish quarter where Jewish people were living. Getting through Mella quarter we will arrive to the synagogue of the Jewish quarter; we get closer to the jewish community here by discovering the history, religious worshipping place of Synagogue and local life of the Moroccan Jews used to live in Marrakech and Morocco in General.

Carry out with your historical journey through the labyrinthine Medina narrow alleyways, until you reach the Jemae Elfna square.

Reaching Jamaa Elfna Square, the World Heritage site for culture as UNESCO named it. The lopsided square is the main stage for Moroccan Halqa (the art of storytelling), jugglers, snake charmers, pop musicians and tens of chefs stir vats of steaming snails!

The last point of the tour is the square of jemaa elfena; people interested in trying local food and having an idea about spices can join us to a restaurant for lunch or dinner and to the spices cooperative (optional)

End your guided tour in Marrakech with unforgettable memories.

Meeting point
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How to find me: In front of Hotel Les Jardins de La Koutoubia - wearing glasses
Tour duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

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What's the price?

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Ratings 177

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Katerina

1 day ago

I would recommend the tour to anyone who is in Marrakesh for the first tima. And take it at the beginning of your stay :)

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Barb

2 days ago

Smail was very informative, easy to get along with and an interesting guide. The topics covered were helpful, the area was great and the atmosphere comfortable. I would definitely recommend Snail.

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Erwin

2 days ago

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Yonina

2 days ago

Intresting and suprising guide gold us intresting facts about maroccen life

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David

3 days ago

This was a great way to get to know some history of Marrakech and to understand the lives of the people living and working in Marrakech today. Very Informative and helped us navigate the city over the next few days.

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Tomi

3 days ago

Samil is really a nice guy who is great at what he does. I was on his tour twice and it felt new every single time. He encourages people to ask questions and he takes his time to explain information in detail. Thank you Smail for making my stay in Morocco memorable.

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