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
Our driver picked us up promptly from our hotel. Our guide was thourogh and thoughtful. Both the driver and guide answered all of our questions and gave us a wonderful history on the area and Palm Groves. They took as many photos as requested and even suggested some! The traditional tea and snack at the Berber home was divine and the lady who shared her home was lovely. We loved that our group was so small. The sunset camel ride was gorgeous. Our children (ages 9 and 11) even said it was the greatest tour we have ever done! Definitely worth it.
A great tour to get out of the city for one day and experience the majestic Atlas mountains as well as the Berber culture! As usual, such tours are greatly enhanced by the quality of the driver/guide! Our driver, Jamal, delivered an outstanding job, answering every question asked and providing a plethora of information! I particularly enjoyed the hike to the Ourika waterfalls, the views and lunch at the Berber family. I can recommend this tour highly and am looking forward to booking another tour at the next opportunity!
The Andes and Merzouga desert are spectacular and we admire them every step we take. The driver was professional and entertaining. Local guiders were also very professional and we find out a lot of new things. Everyting was very well organised.
Never a dull moment during this ride, our guide Jamal was well informed about the surroundings, current affairs, history and politics. Not a single negative experience from the timely well specified pick up untill the drop off. This event is a great mix of sightseeing/ picture taking, adventure/ hiking and fine dining. What more can a tourist ask for!
From hotel collection early morning until return late afternoon, the trip was professionally organised and delivered. Although not mentioned in the itinerary, a knowledgeable, experienced and humorous guide met us at our destination and led us through the best parts of the town, before leaving us for a couple of hours to do our own things. He explained clearly how to navigate the area and the landmarks to trace our way back to the bus. The usual two commission stops at a pottery and an argan oil cooperative were well managed and I felt no pressure to buy anything (though I did buy something from the cooperative). I would book with this company again.