Promenade around the Koutoubia mosque

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Promenade around the Koutoubia mosque

The Koutoubia minaret is a proof of Marrakech's architectural richness. Visual point of reference for anyone who wants to discover the city, you can gaze at it from the surrounding gardens.

Walking around Marrakech, climb up the fortifications, past enormous gates and beautiful gardens. Spend some time on Jemaa el-Fna square, where storytellers and tooth pullers rub shoulders with dancers and snake charmers when night falls. A few metres away from the square stands the Koutoubia minaret, another of the city's major symbols. Built under the Almoravid dynasty in the 12th century, this magnificent sacred structure is open to public and remains very popular.
You can catch a glimpse of the 69-metre high minaret up to 30 kilometres away. From up close, it reveals an impressive decorative process, from paintings to earthenware (this Moorish influence can be traced as far as Seville and its Giralda, a replica of the Koutoubia minaret). Right behind the mosque, end your stroll while enjoying the quiet peace of Lalla Hasna gardens. From orange trees to rose gardens, locals love to gather there when the day cools off. This stroll is a very good opportunity to discover Marrakech's medina, designated a UNESCO world heritage site.