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.
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What people are saying about Marrakech
This tour did not disappoint! We were given the meet up point the day before and picked up bang on time. The bus had great air con and the journey was really comfortable. There was a break in the middle to go to the toilet as well. The tour itself was amazing. Our guide was so funny and had a lot of knowledge about the area and the waterfalls. There was an opportunity to swim in the water and we also got a boat ride into the waterfall itself too which was amazing. Lunch was not provided but was a very reasonable price. Overall the tour was a fantastic experience and i would highly recommend it. The only thing to be wary of is that it involves a lot of walking so bring sensible shoes/be aware if you’re not particularly fit or mobile.
The tour will take you to the heart of the Amazing people in Morocco. You get to see people extracting the argan oil, pottery and various house activities. When you reach the village you can have your lunch on the river with your feet in the water. Very beautiful sceneries. Then you go up the mountains to see the waterfalls. It is challenging and you need very good walking shoes and stick to the guides advice. Some parts of the track may look dangerous if not familiar with similar tracks. Once you reach the top of the mountain, the views are breathtaking. The lunch is not included in the price but the overall cost very reasonable. You have also to tip the guides. Overall we enjoyed the experience.
Well organized trio. Our driver Has was very polite, always on time and knowledgeable. The scenery on Atlas mountains, the sand dunes and the stars were our highlights. Only minus point is the meals you get on the way. The restaurant staff were rude, food not very good and there weren't anywhere else to go if you didn't want a set menu. Overall, once in a lifetime trip, amazing!
Good value for money transport wise. The tour party was very big and the tour guide had to translate in both English and french which made everything a bit cumbersome. The tour itself was interesting but ate up a lot of the free time we had in the town- this didn’t leave a lot of time for exploring. If I could go again I would likely skip the tour and explore the town instead.
The tour guide Abdullah was very kind and helpful in any way. He guided us safely through the tour. I hope he‘ll continue doing these tours for a long time. All in all the tour was excellent and a great experience for all the tourists. Shukran Abdullah