Marrakech

Marrakech

A medieval city of drama, myth, and mystery, Marrakech will captivate all who venture behind its ochre-colored walls. Step inside and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the medina and the sights, sounds and smells of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background, make Marakech Morocco’s crown jewel. The city divides into two highly contrasting districts. The medina, founded by the Almoravids nearly 1000 years ago, and the Ville Nouvelle, a French colonial modernist project from the early 20th century. It is the medina, and its central square Djemaa el-Fna, that will undoubtedly fire the imagination.

Top sights in Marrakech

Ourika Valley

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Souks

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Jemaa el Fnaa

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Majorelle Garden

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Saadian Tombs

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Bahia Palace

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Koutoubia Mosque

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Menara Gardens

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Top things to do in Marrakech

Nestled below the magnificent Atlas Mountains, Morocco’s cultural hub offers sun-baked historical sites drenched in Berber tradition and ornate Islamic art. A feast for all the senses, here are the top attractions to visit for a taste of Marrakech.

Museum of Marrakech
Housed in the old Dar Menebhi Palace, the Marrakech Museum displays Moroccan art from the ancient to the modern, as well as historic books, coins, and pottery from the region.

Jemaa el Fnaa
Barter for souvenirs, food, and clothing at the vast historic marketplace Jemaa el Fnaa, then venture further into the medina (Old Town) to explore its labyrinth of traditional Souks!

Bahia Palace
Bahia means brilliance. Built for a former slave who became a favorite of the Sultan, it was intended to be the most dazzling palace of its time!

Menara gardens
With the Atlas mountains providing a spectacular backdrop, the peaceful Menara Gardens is a favorite for both locals and visitors looking to escape the commotion of the city.

Saadian Tombs
The Saadian Tombs, an immense 16th-century burial ground, are the final resting place for 66 members of the Saadian dynasty that ruled Marrakech from 1524 to 1668.

Koutoubia Mosque
With its 70-meter tall minaret visible for miles around, the Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakech’s most famous landmark. If visiting, bear in mind that only Muslims are allowed in!

Planning Your Marrakech Visit

Where to stay?

Riads – traditional Moroccan houses with private interior courtyards – are a huge part of Marrakech’s appeal. Some of the best riads in Marrakech are now hotels, so it’s worth shopping around for a unique place to stay. Some of the top affordable options include Riad Rbaa Laroub, Riad Edward, and one of the oldest houses in the medina, Dar Hanane.

How to dress?

Most Moroccans are religious but tolerant. Some areas are more conservative than others, so a good rule of thumb is to observe how well-covered those around you are. For women especially, an outfit deemed to revealing might be a magnet for harassment. It’s also worth checking in advance whether the places you plan to visit have a dress code, particularly at religious sites and landmarks.

Good to know

Language

Arabic

Currency

Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Country Code

+212

Time Zone

UTC (+00:00)

Best time to visit

Spring or Fall

What people are saying about Marrakech

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great day, delivered by a warm and welcoming local guide
A great day out delivered perfectly by Mustapha, representing Marrakech Day Trip Tours (MDTT). Booked through Getyourguide, with prompt follow up from MDTT which was seamless and comforting, Mustapha even WhatsApp’d a selfie so we knew who to look out for at collection from our hotel, communication could not have been better. All activities were well delivered and hit the spot. The journey out broken nicely by the various stops along the way, going on Saturday meant the added bonus of a local market in Asni. The trek in Imlil provided some exceptional views, and a real insight into local life, culminating in a delicious and well-earned lunch overlooking the valley. Getting to see how lives are lived away from Marrakech is what this trip is about, but what made it for us was how it was delivered but a true gentleman in Mustapha, courteous, considerate of the entire group, knowledgeable and rightly proud of his Berber heritage. The perfect guide for this trip. Thank you, Mustapha!!

Atlas Mountains and 3 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech reviewed by Doug

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A well organized and very interesting day out. Definitely recommended.
A comfortable and modern minibus took us to Essaouira, a two-hour drive. On the way, we stopped at a Women’s Co-operative where local ladies are employed turning the valuable argan nuts into edible or cosmetic oil. After an explanation of the very labor-intensive processes, we had an opportunity to buy products made from argan oil. In Essaouira, we had an entertaining guided tour of the ancient city and its historical monuments. This was followed by free time to wander around the city, shop and have lunch before the return journey. Our guide was amusing and informative. It was a really enjoyable day out, not too strenuous.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech reviewed by Christina

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Omar was our guide for this tour and he was excellent!
He navigated the souks with ease and made sure nobody got lost or left behind as the square and souks are rather chaotic which was very reassuring. It was such an authentic experience and loved every minute of it. Our tour ended up being 4 hours as we were all having such a great time. And Omar, the gentleman, even got us back to the taxi rank and put us in a taxi back to our hotel. I would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks again Omar, you were super!!

Marrakech: 3.5-Hour Food Tour and Dinner reviewed by Mary

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