Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna Square is one of the main traditional and historical attractions of tourism in Morocco, located in Marrakech, near the Koutoubia Mosque and the souks and the Royal Palace, it belongs to UNESCO heritage. It is a lively place with lots of popular attractions such as snake charmers, fire-eaters, monkey tamers, acrobats, women who try to predict your future, tattoo artists with henna, orange juice squeezed even as street vendors and Moroccan craft vendors. There are grills that sell snacks to the tourists but it is best if you go to the restaurants that are around the square for hygiene and peace as you will be approached by a lot of vendors while you try to see all this animation. A visit in the afternoon is not the same as in the evening when it is much busier and there are more vendors. You can also take a horse drawn carriage for a tour of the city.

Tips

If you do not like to be approached by vendors of all sorts, it’s better not to visit the square because it can disturb you enough but if you want to know the real life of this special place, you should know that everything has a price even a photo, so ask before making a regret because you’ll be asked for money in a very insistent way.
If you are a little more adventurous, you can pose for a photo with the snake on your shoulders.
If you want to see this whole movement but more quietly, enjoy a restaurant terrace where you can take beautiful pictures of the square too.
If you care to buy something, you should always negotiate the price.

 

Pyramid of Cheops, Giza, Egypt

The Pyramid of Cheops or Great Pyramid of Giza is a monument built by the ancient Egyptians; more than 4,500 years ago, forming a pyramid with a square base of 230 m and 137 m in height; presumed tomb of Pharaoh Khufu. It is the only of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity to have survived until today, as being also the oldest. The pyramid is part of a complex where there is a funerary temple of two parts: valley temple or bottom (associated with a harbor jetty on the edge of the cultivated land) and an upper or top temple (tchapel where clergy deposited daily offerings), located near the pyramid. There is a monumental tiled corridor serving as connecting gallery between the parties. There are also three pyramids of queens, a satellite pyramid, surrounded by a wall, connected to the communication gallery and multiple mastabas (funeral buildings) grouped into three cemeteries located to the east behind the queens pyramids at south of the Great Pyramid, and on the west of the pyramid of King.

Tips

It is recommended to do business with a local guide accredited by the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that there is room for a domestic tour inside.
You can do a carriage ride to take pictures and see the pyramids and the countryside. Remember to negotiate the price.
There are many sellers on the site that can be quite pushy but if you are showing any interest they will not insist too much.
You can also visit the site at night to watch the spectacle of sound and light.

Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace is a palace of century XIXᵉ of eight hectares in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of cultural heritage. It was built southeast of the medina of Marrakech between 1866 and 1867. It was built for Si Moussa, chamberlain of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco, at his death, his son, Ahmed Ben Moussa, had enlarged the southern part his father’s palace by the successive acquisition and glitzy development of large sets of neighboring houses. The palace takes its name from his favorite mistress, Bahia. From 1912, General Lyautey, Marshal of France, used it as his personal residence as well as the residence of French officers by adding chimneys, heating and electricity. It has about 150 lavishly decorated rooms. There are marble, wood paintings, stained glass windows, many patios and gardens with orange trees, banana trees, cypresses, hibiscus and jasmine. The Moroccan royal family of King Mohammed VI sometimes stay there in a large private party not open to the public.

Tips

The palace is open to visitors, at your visit ask for information because you can also attend concerts of Arab-Andalusian music and art exhibitions.
You can also ask for a guide to accompany you and tell the whole story which is very interesting.