Top attractions in Marrakech
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.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Majorelle Garden
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
7. 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!
8. 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.
9. 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 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
- Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+00:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Spring or Fall
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What people are saying about Marrakech
This day was one of the best I’ve experienced in life. I cannot express how much fun I had and how kind and professional the tour guides were. This was there first booking since lockdown and I was worried about it all, especially being a solo traveler- but the tour guides were so professional and pretty much did everything I asked, picked me up on time, opened doors for me, stopped to take pictures etc. I felt like royalty! I especially enjoyed the Atlas Mountains with Ibrahim! He was so amazing and helpful. Lunch cooked by his family left me full for a whole day! And the hike was incredible!!The camel ride was just perfect!! I can’t fault this day at all, and at such a great price! I highly recommend booking these amazing people and I will be booking again on my next trip! Thank you so much and good luck post lockdown!!
Ahmad was extremely kind, knowledgeable and spoke English fluently! He picked us up on time and stopped to get us water and coffee on our way to the Atlas Mountains. He took us through beautiful scenic routes and we stopped to have lunch at the most beautiful home with the best view!! Ahmad was extremely kind and patient & gave us a ton of information regarding the Atlas Mountains and the people who live there!! Ahmad made our experience in Atlas Mountains incredible!! I highly recommend booking through this agency and I highly recommend requesting Ahmad as your tour guide!!!
Our guide Rashid was fantastic. Due to a mudslide he took us to a different area. He made sure that we had a full day and new experiences. He was also great with out 11 year old son and made sure to interact with him without treating him like a child. When our son wanted to pet one of the wandering sheep, he caught one for him so our son could hold him! We also had a fantastic meal at a restaurant before heading home that was included. He also made sure to take photos of all of us together to document our time. I would highly recommend!
I had a fantastic experience with the trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls! Hicham and Hassan were kind and welcoming. Everything was well-planned, from the transport pick-ups to the guided hike and boat ride. The trail to the waterfalls is beautiful and you get to see live monkeys as well. I'd definitely recommend booking a trip with the company as it makes for a stress-free, enjoyable day!
So calm and relaxing - beautiful views and a great team who looked after us all the way through our experience.