Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)#3 in Best Things To Do in Marrakech
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Within walking distance of must-see sights like Jemaa El Fna, the Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs sits the intricate Bahia Palace. This 19th-century palace exemplifies the lavish lifestyle of the Moroccan elite. Before it was accessible to the public, this property housed various Moroccan royals. Although the palace was ransacked in the early 1900s, members of the royal family continue to occasionally stay here. Meanwhile, visitors can check out the public areas of the property, which feature rounded entryways that lead to colorful mosaics and intricate latticework, as well as cool, shady walkways that guide you to vast, sunny courtyards and gardens.
According to previous visitors, this beautiful palace is worth visiting, especially if you love history, art or architecture. However, several cautioned that the property can get crowded later in the day, so consider arriving before 10 a.m.
The Bahia Palace opens its doors every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including on days when members of the royal family are staying at the property. Admission costs around 1 euro or 10 Moroccan dirhams (just over $1) per person. Gift shops, cafes and other amenities are not available on-site, but several can be found nearby. To get to the property, plan on walking from other medina sights or ride ALSA's History Tour Tourist Bus to stop No. 14. You can also reach the attraction via ALSA's Nos. 6, 7, 9 and 20 lines. Find out more about the palace by visiting the attraction's website.
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#1 Medina of Marrakesh
The heart of Marrakech lies in its historic city center – a UNESCO World Heritage site. For centuries, the medina acted as a political and economic hub whose influence radiated throughout the Middle East. Royals resided here, international trade took place here and cultures developed here. As you stroll through this 11th-century labyrinth of alleyways, you'll see that Marrakech's history remains intact.
Past visitors said that the medina is a must-see, especially at night. Most of its popular food and merchandise stalls are situated in Jemaa El Fna, but for a less crowded atmosphere, explore the streets outside the medina's main square. It's easy to lose your bearings here, so some former travelers also suggest visiting with a guide. Companies that offer guided walks around the medina include Marrakech Guided Tours and Marrakech Tour Guide – both recommended by recent travelers.
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