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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
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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

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 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

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
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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.

Majorelle Garden

Majorelle Garden

These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!

Koutoubia Mosque

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!

Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts
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Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts

Trace the evolution of North African art in this magnificent old palace. If that tickled your fancy, head to the nearby Maison Tiskiwine for more on Saharan life through the ages.

Toubkal National Park

Toubkal National Park

Though 57 km south of Marrakech, the home of North Africa's tallest mountain, Djebel Toubkal, is worth visiting just for the rustic village of Imlil, where most excursions start.

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.

How much money to take?

It depends on the nature of your trip although you should expect to spend about 300-500 MAD a day on food and 50 or so on taxis. Cabs to and from the airport should set you back about 200 MAD and souvenirs are generally cheap. Keep your expenditure low by haggling hard and only paying in the local currency (Dirham). That said, some pounds, dollars, or euros can be very useful in emergencies.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What people are saying about Marrakech

A great introduction to Atlas mountains and a look at Berber life.

3.12.2018 Yesterday we had a superb day trip into the High Atlas mountains. Our guide ,Ibrahim and our driver,Abdul were absolutely fantastic. They both looked after our every need and shared their extensive knowledge about the Berber customs and way of life. In addition their knowledge about the local history and geology of this spectacular region was very interesting. Our day started with a trip to the Argon making cooperative and the on to the first highlight of our day, a very enjoyable camel trek. We then journeyed on to the High mountain village of Imlil, where we started our trek. Unfortunately my wife had injured her back so walking was difficult. However, Ibrahim sorted out the problem, he hired a mule to take her round the trek. The trek was spectacular, with stunning views of the villages nestled into the hillside and the snow covered mountains. Our trek took about 2 hours. We finished with a splendid meal at a traditional Berber house. Would really recommend this trip.

Very recommendable tour, to get an impression about Atlas mountains

We have had an excellent Tour-Guide, his name was Ahmet. he did tell us a lot about the area and culture - very much appreciated!

Picked us up at the airport and coordinated with my Airbnb host well

Picked us up at the airport and coordinated with my Airbnb host well to ensure I get to my apartment which was in a small alley in the Medina.

Marrakech City Center 1-Way Private Airport Transfer Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/30/2018

We had a fabulous day with our driver Adil

Everything excellent from beginning. Our riad was not accessible by car so we got email with pick up point nearby. Without any trouble we managed to find our van, which was visibly marked, quite easy to spot. Driver Adil was punctual on time, we picked up another 4 person on the way, together 6 person- cameral and friendly group. Adil is superb driver, we felt safe all the time although half of the driving was rather on mountain serpentine through Atlas (crossing Tizi Tichka pass - fantastic view) and generally a lot of driving in one day so be prepare, take some snacks. Enough breaks for loo and straighten your body. He also stopped if we spotted beautiful panorama to take pictures. We saw a lot Kasbah, oasis and snowy peak of Atlas from the distance- truly amazing with contrast of rocky desert landscapes. The main attraction Ait Benhaddou- really worth of effort and long driving as the view from the top are breathtaking, can wholeheartedly recommend it !

Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Reviewed by Magdalena, 11/26/2018

Perfect to meet Marrakech for first time

The experience was super nice. Our driver was kind and took us next to our riad. The guide was super helpful providing us with many information not only about the sightseeings but also for the life in Morroco. I liked also the visit in the cooperative for argan oil. Noone push us to buy sth and all they were smiling. I recommend this tour especially for first timers in Marrakesh. Is nice to meet the city and stroll around the little alleys and souks.

Marrakech Monuments & Souks 3-Hour Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/25/2018