Marrakesh, or Marrakech is a major city in the northwest African nation of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country after , and , and is the capital of the mid southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz. Located to the north of the foothills of the snowcapped Atlas Mountains, by road Marrakesh is located 580 km (360 mi) southwest of Tangier , 327 km (203 mi) southwest of the Moroccan capital of Rabat, 239 km (149 mi) southwest of Casablanca, and 246 km (153 mi) northeast
Like many Moroccan cities, Marrakesh (nearly 1 Million inhabitants) comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls (the medina), bordered by modern neighborhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic centre and tourist destination.