2008 News Archive - Holidays - Tourism causes Marrakesh to boom

22 03 2007

Once an established stop on the hippy trail, Morocco's vibrant town of Marrakesh has since entered the tourism mainstream.

Hotels, golf courses and tour operators now abound and the population of the once small town has skyrocketed.

And it is no wonder that tourists are being drawn to this exotic and energetic community, located in the picturesque foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

Founded in 1062 by Yusuf ibn Tashfin of the Amoravides dynasty, Marrakesh is crammed with historical artifacts and sites.

Sometimes called the Red City, Marrakesh attracts many visitors to see the famous Medina, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The old square of Rahba Quedima is another attraction, along with the multitude of souks selling everything from intricate leatherwork to ornate pottery.

Most residents of the town are Berbers, but it has a cosmopolitan population, including a large group of French expatriates, along with Germans, Brits, Italians and Swiss.


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