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Top attractions in Marrakech

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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
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Magical, a trip you will always remember and cherish.

Looking at the name of the trip, you only expect to see the desert. But the roadtrip by itself is a beautifull experience. The trip takes you to the Atlas Mountains, to the ancient Ait Ben Haddou, with your local guide who will tell you a lot about the history of those places. Staying in the hotel in Tanghir with a pool is a welcome surprise to end the first day. Second day is all about getting to the desert we thought, so again it was a nice surprise that we first visited the green valley and mountains of Tanghir which looks like a fata morgana. After Tanghir you go to Merzouga to stay at the desert which is the best part of the trip. The desert is just beautifull and magical, watching the sun going down and up. Sleeping in the tent is okay. Warm, but the bed is really okay. Food is fine, the people are very polite. On our way back we had a big thunderstorm in the Atlas Mountains. Roads were blocked due to heavy rainfall and mudstreams. Our driver Obama Mohamed saved us big time.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Laila, 08/10/2019

An amazing experience with friendly people

I booked this for my partners birthday before we went out to Morocco. We were a little late being picked up but the experience made up for it. Ibrahim was our guide and he made sure we were comfortable and safe all the way. He made sure I was in the middle so that I was safe and he made sure I was okay. We did a couple of stops to take a rest and some Water. This was fantastic value for money. TUi were offering similar and it was £60 each at the same place. I would choose to do it in the morning as it’s cooler out in the desert. We were offered tea and a lovely homemade pancake at the end outside a house. Couldn’t have had a better experience and everyone was very friendly. Highly recommend :)

Interesting experience but too many hours by bus

The tour was interesting but we were on rush all the time. Not enought time for seeing all the places and no free time. We wasted time going to the shops the guide took us, the restaurants for lunch were expensive + bad service/quality (in comparison with other ones we went by ourselves), the hotel of the first night was not a 4* hotel (at most 2...) and the last day was hard because of the 10 hours of bus with only 3-4 stops for coffee/toilet.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/20/2019

Great day out but the minibus was a bone shaker

The waterfalls were great and well worth the visit. Bit of an extra trek to see the monkeys but not all that far and easily reached. The guide was good but not sure it is necessary to use one to get best out of the trip aside from giving the safety in knowing you will be back at your bus at the right time. The minibus might have had suspension at some point but that seemed to have long gone and one of the seatbelts was broken.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day-Trip Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/18/2019

A brilliant tour, loved the sunset great tour guides A+++

Absolutely recommend this excursion we were picked up on time at the location advised with a small group, our driver was pleasant and informative and not pushy, the camel ride itself was a great experience with a brilliant sunset, I took so many great photos, dropped off close to our Riad at the right time, I would highly recommend this excursion