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Marrakech Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2013

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The southern heart of Morocco, Marrakech has long been a magnet for travelers and trading. These days we’re more likely to arrive by plane than camel but the trading is just as fierce and wonderful.

The longevity of this city is evident the minute you set eyes on the time-weathered ramparts of the old fortified city – the medina. These days Marrakech has spread well beyond these walls into a modern city of over a million people. It has the largest market (souk) in Morocco and the main square Djemaa el Fna is filled with performers including acrobats and musicians, water sellers and, of course, tourists. At night, it becomes a huge restaurant as all the open-air food stalls open for business.

Day 1: Lanes, Palaces, Gardens

Marrakech can take a bit of getting used to. It’s busy, it’s hot. Get a feel for the place and its rich history by heading into the medina. Visit the beautiful palaces including the 19th century Bahia Palace, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. Wander the maze of narrow streets and try not to be overwhelmed by all the activity in Djemaa el Fna square. Linger here until evening and sample the local foods. If gardens are your thing, or if you just need to see trees rather than people for a while, head out to the Majorelle Gardens, designed by expat French artist Jacques Majorelle. Or go marvel at the orchids and olive groves of the Menara Gardens.

Day 2: Shopping in the Souk

Of course, you must go shopping in the souk! The markets here sell everything you can imagine and it’s as much about performance as trade with haggling raised to an artform. You can buy everything from fruit and vegetables, to spices, clothing, leather, jewelry, furniture, and of course, souvenirs. Marrakech is also about hammams, relaxing and healing through water and massage. If you’ve shopped til you’re ready to drop, head for a spa.

Day 3: Head Out of Marrakech

The Atlas Mountains are close by and full of amazing sights. Visit the UNESCO heritage-listed medieval, red-earth village of Ait Ben Haddou, and Taouirt Kasbah, the palace of the last sultan of Atlas. Travel through breathtaking Tichka Gorge and the desert of Ouarzazate, setting for films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and Gladiator. Follow the old Berber trading routes into the mountains and desert, or see life lived at a desert oasis in the Ourika Valley.  If you’re craving the sea, visit the old port town of Essaouira and see the citadel of this ancient city of the arts and crafts, particularly jewelry. These were the people who supplied the Roman emperors with that splendid purple dye!
 
Marrakech will surprise and delight, exhaust and nourish – it will never, ever bore you. And who knows what treasures you’ll find in the souk – just don’t forget to haggle, it’s part of the fun.

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3-Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech: Ouarzazate, Draa River Valley and M’hamid Sand Dunes

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Journey from Marrakech into the Sahara Desert for three full days of breathtaking valley and desert landscapes seen in movies such as ‘Gladiator’ and ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna Including Traditional Dinner

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Indulge in exotic Moroccan foods and feast your senses on the spectacle of Marrakech’s chaotic main square, Djemaa El Fna, during this unforgettable walking ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Marrakech Discovery Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Discover the multiple facets of Marrakech with a stroll in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of the Medina amongst its famous Souks. Immerse yourself in ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Berber Trails 4WD Day Trip from Marrakech

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Follow ancient Berber Trails across the Atlas Mountains on a day trip from Marrakech into the Moroccan past. From the valleys to the mountain summits, you will ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 51 Reviews

Discover all the fun and excitement of Moroccan folklore at the Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show.

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.37

Marrakech Dinner and Show in a Moroccan Palace

Enjoy a night of traditional Moroccan dining and entertainment in Marrakech! Your evening takes place in a centuries-old Moroccan palace either in  ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.39

9-Night Southern Moroccan Adventure Including Aït Benhaddou, the Sahara and Essaouira

Experience a carnival of exotic sights in Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech, explore the Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, ride a camel in the Sahara Desert and lounge on ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

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Experience Morocco: Visit a Souq and Cook a Tagine in Marrakech

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

What better place to learn how to cook Moroccan food than Marrakech? Learn some Arabic phrases from your expert guide and practice them while shopping at a ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.60

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

4 star rating: Recommended 47 Reviews

Visit the beach and famous port of Essaouira on a day trip from Marrakech. You'll take a guided tour of the port and have the opportunity to discover the ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Maison Tiskiwin, Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Navigate Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina and visit other city highlights with a local guide on this half-day walking tour. See pottery, sculptures and musical ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.94

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