Location, Climate: Marrakech or also called Marrakesh is one of Morocco's imperial cities. It is situated on the foot of the spectacular Atlas Mountains and consists of seven prefectures and provinces. Marrakech is a great place to visit all-year round because it enjoys plenty of sunshine although the climate can be changeable sometimes. Book discount hotels before July and August because that is Marrakech's peak season. Choose the perfect discount hotel for you online. Brief History: Marrakech served as a desert oasis, religious center, military base and the sultan's holiday getaway for centuries. It started out as the Berbers' watering hole when Berber leader Yusef ibn Tashfin and wife Zeinab discovered Marrakech in 1062 A.D. Events, Landmarks, Activities: One of the most-celebrated events in Marrakech is the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival held at the beautiful port of Essaouira every June and features several artists that perform the Gnaouas' mystical music. Marrakech boasts of its historical attractions including the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, El Bahia Palace and El Badi Palace. The most touristic area in Marrakech is the Medina where you can find the Djemaa El-Fna which features amazing street shows such as acrobats, snake charmers, soothsayers and musicians. A trip to Marrakech won't be complete without trying the hammams and shopping at the souks. Transportation: The attractions at the Old Town and New Town can be easily accessed on foot. If it gets too hot, you can take the petite taxis (beige-colored taxis) or grand taxis (Mercedes Benz sedans). A cheaper option is the public bus while the hop-on hop-off bus is perfect for sightseeing.