Fri 1 Jul 2022 Derek Nguyen

Marrakech’s hidden gems


Looking to get away from the hectic main square and bustling souks? Here are our favourite hidden gems in the city where you can get off the beaten track.

The cactus sea 

On the outskirts of the Red City, Cactus Thiemann features over 150 varieties of cacti, some as tall as buildings. It’s known as Africa’s largest cactus farm started by a visiting German engineer, Hans Thiemann, in the 1960s.

The mellah

Marrakech’s Jewish quarter, the mellah, feels like a secret city within a city. Only a stone’s throw away from the city centre, the mellah has managed to stay off the beaten track and maintain an atmosphere unlike any other. We recommend visiting the Lazama Synagogue and the Mellah Market.

Underground feasts

Mechoui Alley in the medina is where you can feast on some of the most fragrant, slow-roasted lamb in the city. All meals are cooked in a pit in the ground and run by families who’ve been there for generations.

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