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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

Fantastic, amazing scenery with exceptional staff.

This tour was excellent and great fun! The app was easy to use and the organisation was brilliant. Service was top class, the equipment was in great condition too. The scenery is amazing and depending on ability you are allowed to properly test yourself. Our guide was fantastic. Overall one my favourite day trips to date, you really come away feeling you saw a lot and got a lot for your money.

A beautiful experience, highly recommended. Our guide Yusuf was great!

We were picked up on time, the transport unfortunately didn't have working WiFi as advertised but it wasn't a massive issue. When we arrived to Ouzoud, we were lead by our guide Yusuf through the town and into the trail to the waterfall. Yusuf was very friendly and knowledgeable, he made the tour great. Once we got to the waterfall, we had lunch with incredible views. From here we made our way back to the minibus and home. All in all, a great experience.

Full-Day Ouzoud Waterfalls Tour from Marrakech Reviewed by Ceyda, 06/21/2019

Loads of fun! Couldn't have asked for more

The activity was exactly as described. We spent around 1.5 hours on the quad bikes (here you should ask for a visor because it gets incredibly dusty!) then had a tea break. After tea, we made our way to the camels. The camels were calm, clean and it was great to see the babies roaming freely.

Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour Reviewed by Ceyda, 06/21/2019

Great experience, perfect organisation, definitely recommened it!

It was great, we had an amazing time and definitely would recommend it. Thanks for everything :)

Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/19/2019

Amazing view, amazing tour guide, great deal

Our tour guide was able to speak 15 diff languages to make sure everyone understood. He knew a lot about the history. The walk itself, down and up the waterfall, was an amazing experience.

Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Marrakech Reviewed by Aine, 06/17/2019