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
Our excursion began with pick up at our hotel and a ride to meet our guide Sayeed. After being fitted for a head scarf, we were helped onto our camels and set out on the tour. Our guide was very friendly - giving us the historyof the area where the ride takes place, and some information about the Berbers who settled it. Questions were welcomed and answered thoughtfully. Along the ride we stopped several times for pictures. We rode to a Berber village where we met a gentleman who served us mint tea and snacks. We then rode our camels until we found a spot for the setting sun. We then rode back to where we first met our guide. We were helped off of the camels, took our last pictures, and said our goodbyes. We then were driven back to our hotel. We kept valuables locked in the car during the experience. The camels were healthy, and the guide's care and connection to the camels was apparent. Questions were answered promptly via email. All were kind, professional, and accommodating.
Slightly more touristic than I first expected. A lot of stops at places to buy various things aimed at tourists which are clearly marked up in price from real worth. However that being said this was by far my most enjoyable day in Marrakech. The outbound journey was broken down nicely into multiple stops each offering their own unique experiences. The actual walk within the mountains was breathtakingly stunning, an absolutely beautiful landscape. The tour guides are all extremely friendly and very informative. Highly recommend this as a way to spend one of your days travelling in Marrakech.
Getting collected from your Riad makes the difference. Once on the minibus you head off to Essaouira, it’s a long drive but you get a couple of stops on the way. You get dropped off by the fishing port and the guide (included in the price) takes you on a 90 min walking tour, then it is free time until you head back to Marrakesh. There are many places to eat around the main square and port, fresh fish is the best option. You get dropped off back at your Riad/hotel at the end of the day. Definitely worth visiting.
This was a lovely tour where we really got to learn and see some great morrocan sites! Our tour guide Said was exceptional- he was really friendly, funny and enthusiastic and really took the time to know everyone individually. Seeing the women who made argan oil was enlightening and the homemade tagine for lunch may have been the best meal of my holiday! Definitely a tour not to be missed! Only thing to note is there is a lot of hiking so comfy shoes are a must! Would highly recommend.
Overall this was a great day and it was well worth the long journey. Once we reached there we were met by our charismatic and charming guide Ibrahim who just made us all feel so relaxed and was extremely knowledgable and compassionate and ensured through out the time he was with us we were all ok and made sure we all got ample time and opportunity to take pictures and feed the monkeys. Definitely recommend anyone visiting Morocco to visit the falls if you can.