The medina is a conglomerate of narrow, bustling streets with many souks and squares full of life, crafts and tradition. It is encircled by 90 kilometres of adobe walls and has 10 gates.
Entering through Bab Al-Jdid Gate, you'll arrive at the Koutoubia Mosque and Jemaa el-Fna Square. The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the most impressive in the world. It was built in the Spanish-Moorish style and its minaret is the symbol of the city. It is reminiscent of the Giralda tower in Seville and is surrounded by palm trees and crowned by four bronze orbs.
Next to the mosque is the legendary Jemaa el-Fna Square, one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It is full of all kinds of stalls, sages, magicians, snake charmers, contortionists and even people who spontaneously join in the craziness of the square.
To the east of the Medina is the tanners' quarter, where you can find the best craftsmen in the country. There is also the Ben Youssef Mosque and Madrasa, the largest in the medina, and one of the most beautiful buildings of the city, as well as the Museum of Marrakesh.
To the south are the 12th century Agdal Gardens, a very peaceful place full of greenery, including olive trees and huge fig trees.
Entering from the Bab Agnaou Gate, you'll find the Mosque of El-Mansour, nicknamed the "Mosque of the Golden Apples".
Through the Bab Aylen or Bab Berrima gates, you can access the 16th century El Badi Palace, one of the marvels of the Muslim world, although today it is mostly in ruins. It is worth climbing its walls for views across Marrakesh.
The famous Mamounia Hotel, one of the most luxurious in the world, is also worth a visit. It is an ancient palace, where many international figures have stayed. Its original rooms are decorated with different motifs, and some have views of the Koutoubia Mosque and others the gardens.
Outside the medina is the modern city, built during the French Protectorate and made up of wide avenues, with attractions such as Mohammed V Avenue, with its official buildings, banks, hotels and cafes. The centre of the modern part of the city is the great square, which houses the Majorelle Garden, an oasis full of fruit trees and flowers and the large central market.
There is also Hivernage, which is the most modern part of Marrakesh, with spacious, built-up streets. This is where you'll find the famous Pacha Marrakech club.
And on the outskirts of Marrakesh, you can visit the Palmeraie, an oasis with almost 150,000 palm trees.