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
He a great afternoon, picked up at 3 from hotel, went to the desert, got on the quads and had a really good blast for 2 hours (very good value for money) sat down and had traditional tea and pancakes, (HAMZA) was a great guide and very welcoming! Was there to help anyone who needed it and made sure we all had a great time, followed on to the camel ride afterwards was very relaxing and they were all treated with kindnessAnd well behaved camels! To anyone who thinks they are misstreated, we would 10000% recommend this tour!
Our driver picked us up on time from our hotel in Marrakech in a clean and comfortable vehicle. We were safely driven to Ouzoud Falls were we picked up a local guide for our tour. He was a young enthusiastic man who after we told him we were interested in nature, pointed out birds, frogs, turtles and of course the endangered Barbary Macaques.
Mustafa and the rest of the guides made this tour special. It was a stunning experience showcasing the natural wonder of the country and it's people. It's pricier than others available however the quality is far superior to other options.
Mustafa was a excellent guide with an honest approach to tourism. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a pleasant and authentic experience, he never made us feel obliged to tip (unlike every other trip / activity we undertook in Marrakech) and felt very safe with him. The hike through the mountains was beautiful and showed us a different face of Morocco. The camel ride was ok but the staff there was unhelpful and camels felt poorly treated. This was out of the control of the guide for the rest of the trip though.
What a great morning, loved hearing about traditional Moroccan cuisine, everyone was lovely meeting people from all over the world. Bonus was learning about how to make a tagine xx