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
This tour is great to see the Atlas Mountains and to get an insight of the life Of berbers. Our guide abdel picked us up at our meeting point on time. While driving to the mountains he explained us many things and with a lot of details about maroccon life. If you don’t speak french he tells you everything in English again. After making a nice hike to the waterfalls with a local guide Jamal (no extra money needed but a tip is well seen) we proceeded to the other valleys and our next stop, the lunch at a typical Berber family house in the mountains. The lunch was great and we had a beautiful view from there. While driving and stopping at different viewpoints, Abdel is giving you a pretty good insight of the bad circumstances many Berber villages have and some political issues as well. However, he is very entertaining and kind! I would recommend the tour to everybody who wants to see as many things as possible within a day (but not exhausting!)
We had a wonderful day with our guide Mustafa, who had real passion for the history of the Atlas Mountains and its people. We learned a lot about Berber culture, had a beautiful lunch, and thoroughly enjoyed our camel ride. A great day for anyone exploring Morocco, and really good value. Thanks!
I can only recommend Ibrahim and his colleagues as the trip was really well-managed and in friendly environment. We were surprised how everything was well done and prepared for the tourists despite the fact it was time of Ramadan and people were fasting and probably not that "energized" by food as we were. My best wishes and recommendation!
Amazing time great massage and the camel ride was so fun make sure if your in Marrakech find time for this
We had a great day trip with Brahim. He showed us the morrocan countryside and culture with very much fun and kind awareness. We were picked up at our Riad and our first stop was at a view point at the beginning of the Atlas Mountains. Our group (6 people) was shown an argan oil production site and afterwards the camel ride in authentic moroccan clothing was the first highlight. The hike around the mountain villages and waterfall was very impressive and the guide gave many interesting information about the culture and living. The final highlight was the delicious lunch at the last village. This was really a very great experience and I can fully recommend.