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
Guide was superb, incredibly kind, knowledgeable and personable. Did so much in one day, really gave us a sense of Moroccan history, culture and way of life
The were punctual at pick up very close to the riad where we were staying. We were transported in a new 16 seater coach for only 8 of us. We had a wonderful guide who grew up in, and continues to live in, the Berber village we visited. His English was excellent and knowledge extensive. The camel ride was a lot of fun, the trek to the waterfall a very fun part of the day, and the lunch on a rooftop of a Berber home, delightful. Mind you, the home was a very nice Berber home of a well-off resident compared to many that we saw. The stop at the Argon oil store was typical of stops on tours around the world where you have 2-3 ladies grinding the nuts and many products they want you to buy. Fortunately, we didn't spend much time there but the building also had bathrooms so a good place to stop. We had a couple of breaks with tea and pastries. All ages and sizes did the walk to the waterfall and acclimated to the higher altitude. The guide provided all assistance necessary. GREAT.
so professional and the staff and pilot were so friendly and attentive. There were 7 of us and we all loved it - well worth the money
It was the best decision we made on our trip. Saleem was fantastic, knowledgeable, and was a great guide to take us to the highlights as well as hidden gems. He also helped guide us on how to tip, where to eat, and shop. It made what could have been a confusing day in the medina to very enjoyable! It is a must-do activity
EXCELLENT SERVICE & HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Our flight was 2 hours late arriving in Marrakech. The customer service of this company can be easily reached via Whatsapp and Mehdi, the on-site cars coordinator, is extremely efficient in what he does: Finding us immediate driver to take us to city center and our driver, Bachir, is so friendly and informative with tips and guidance for us newbies in Marrakech. He also arranged a porter who helped us getting to our riad safely with a trolley to put our bags in so we won't have to carry them. We also booked our return transfer from city center to Menara Airport with Mehdi via Whatsapp, with the same price and no hassle. Overall very great experience and we highly recommend this airport transfer service!