Top attractions 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyMoroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+212
- Best time to visitSpring or Fall
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What people are saying about Marrakech
We took a day trip with Ibrahim (guide) and Youssef (driver) to the Atlas Mountains for the day trip. Activities included: mint tea and a camel ride, bread and argan oil tasting, argan oil making demo, Imlil, 3 course lunch at a Berber house, a hike in Imlil to waterfalls and numerous stops for photo opportunities. Ibrahim was exceptionally friendly, professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout our trip. He was keen to answer any questions we had, very engaging and added many interesting details to give further history and context to the fantastic activities planned through the day. The trip was great fun, interesting and was a real highlight of our trip in Marrakech. Further, we left a jacket on the bus following the trip but after contacting Ibrahim he coordinated the safe return the day after which went above and beyond the call of duty – exceptional service. If there is one excursion you do in Marrakech make it this one!
Driver picked us up.They were over booked and couldnt take 2 customers who were left behinfd until another minivan came to collect them. He told my partner that there was only 2 of us meant to be going not the family until he confirmed with the company and realised there was 5 of us. Most of the journey he was on his mobile one hand on the steering wheel we are in mountain area we had 3 near misses we could have crashed and gone down.We had 15 min break on our journey. Once we arrived to the Ouzoud waterfall the guides were absolutley brilliant they aughed and joked with the group we stopped at and argon oil shop to see how its made and were able to make purchases.we had a long trek to the waterfall. We went right under the waterfall in a small boat for 20dirhams per person and they took photos of families and couples that were on the boat. Then we had to walk up the stairs all the way back which was hectic.Stopped and had lunch then headed back we stopped 15mins for break.
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Marrakech. We walked *a lot* and saw everything there is to see in Marrakech (from a cultural point of view). The guide answered all our questions, took us to all the good places (you can't go to a souk and return empty-handed) and was very thoughtful. 100% would do it again!
The guide Luke was WONDERFUL, the myriad food types plentiful and delicious. The group from America, Australia, Germany, China and my wife and I from the UK enjoyed it thoroughly. The case of the lost and found iphone will be a story to tell the children on our return.
Very good vehicle, safe driver, efficient service and interesting stops on the way. Highly recommended.