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El Badi Palace

El Badi Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

1. Bahia & Badii Palaces & Saadian Tombs Skip-the-Line Tour

Discover this medieval desert enclave's beautiful and spectacular treasures on a guided walking tour.  Stroll through the old Marrakech medina with an expert local guide as you discover an array of hidden gems. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Bahia & Badii Palaces, then pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs. Begin your walking tour by passing the ruins of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour's 16th-century Grand Badi Palace. Catch a glimpse of the former affluence of this majestic city. Learn about how, at the height of its glory, the palace was considered the 8th wonder of the world. Then, continue your tour to the Bahia Palace - the jewel in the crown of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Enter the monument with skip-the-line admission.  As you explore inside, find out how it was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and took the most skilled workers and artisans 6 years to complete. Finally, pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovered in 1917. Hear about how the tombs date back to the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. See the two main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs with 100 more lying outside the gardens.

Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

2. Marrakech: Private 1-Day Tour of the Medina and Souks

Learn about the history and culture of Morocco on this guided tour of Marrakech. On this 2-part tour (both parts lasting 3 hours), you will explore the medina and the souks, and enjoy a delicious lunch at a stylish riad inbetween. To start off the tour you will explore the southern medina with its stunning historical buildings. Visit the magnificent Bahia Palace and the tombs of the former Saadi dynasty. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, past the Mellah, and across the market of Mellah. If there is enough time, you can also see the ruins of El Badi Palace with the historical pulpit of Koutoubia Mosque. Enjoy lunch at the stylish Riyad El Cadi. Discover the classic architecture of Moroccan homes: a house surrounding a courtyard with a beautiful garden, which is sheltered from the busy streets. Depending on the season, you can eat on the sunny roof terrace or in the cool shade of the citrus trees. Enjoy a salad and a main course, prepared in advance according to your tastes. After lunch you will continue on to the artisan neighborhood of the city. See metal welding, leather workers, woodworkers, and henna women at work. Visit vegetable markets, communal ovens, and a traditional Berber pharmacy where you can find natural remedies for many ailments and medical conditions. At the end of the tour you can admire the beautiful architecture of the Ben Youssef Madrasa.

Marrakech Historical Tour

3. Marrakech Historical Tour

The tour starts by the archaeological site of the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Through the historical Bab Agnaou gate, you'll see the Saadian Necropolis of the 16th century. From here, walk through the 12th-century Kasbah with its food markets, and visit the remains of the ruined 16th-century El Badi Palace. Then enter the 19th-century Bahia Palace, created by the local artisans with wood, plaster and tiles, and considered a home of the then Moroccan Prime Minister. The exploration ends in the Jewish Quarter, before returning to your hotel or hostel.

Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

4. Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Marrakech's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items loved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics mix of dates and vegetable Tanjia, and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit El Badii Palace, Mellah fruit and vegetable market, and Koutoubia Mosque, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about El Badi Palace

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 265 reviews

A bad experience not to be repeated. From not picking us up at the Riad, as indicated, to not complying with the tour itinerary that was described, the absurd amount we paid did not include any entry fee. I advise everyone to book an excursion when you are in Marrakech and not through getyourguide. Finally the guide was simply the most unfriendly person I met in Marrakech. It was to close big. NOT TO REPEAT.

Our guide, Smalto, was so informative and gave the best tips to explore Marrakech. He ensured that we saw all the major landmarks/attractions and provided us with the history of each main area. He also gave us ample time to explore the palace and gardens on our own. Overall, would highly recommend this tour to see the highlights of Marrakech!

Mo was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable about the history of Marrakech. An excellent afternoon.

The guide was very good. The trip went smoothly and I would reccomend him.

Really cool activity. The guide was super friendly and nice.