Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret Tours

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The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque is also the city’s most prominent navigational landmark. Just a short stroll from Djemaa el Fna square, the mosque’s soaring minaret stands proud at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina.

The Basics
Whether you’re exploring the medina on a walking or bike tour, sightseeing with a private guide, or visiting Marrakech on a day trip from Casablanca or Agadir, a photo stop at the Koutoubia Mosque is a must. Combine a stroll around the mosque’s beautiful grounds with a visit to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square, shopping in the souks, or other popular attractions such as Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Madrasa, and the Saadian Tombs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The mosque interiors are only open to Muslim visitors, but the exterior grounds and gardens are open to all.
  • The surrounding park has plenty of shady areas and benches, making it a great spot to take a break from sightseeing.
  • The mosque grounds are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
It’s impossible to miss Koutoubia Mosque. Wherever you are in the medina, look up and you’ll spot the mosque’s distinctive minaret. Buses and taxis stop right outside the mosque, or walk two minutes southwest of Djemaa el Fna square.

When to Get There
The mosque is busiest during prayer times, and the call to prayer can be heard all around the medina. For the most atmospheric photos, arrive in time for sunset or ride past in a caleche (horse-drawn carriage) at night, when the minaret is dramatically floodlit.

Architecture of Koutoubia Mosque
The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the most influential buildings in the Muslim world. Buildings from the Hassan II Mosque in Rabat to La Giralda in Seville, Spain, echo Koutoubia Mosque’s intricate geometric stone work, graceful arches, and imposing square minaret. The 220-foot (61-meter) minaret is the star attraction. It’s the highest point in the city, and local laws even prevent any building from exceeding its height.
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Address: Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech, Morocco
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Private Full-Day Tour of Marrakech

Maximise your time in Marrakech with a private full-day tour tailor-made for you. Soak up the atmosphere of Djemaa el-Fna square, explore the maze-like souks, and visit attractions such as Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, the Menara gardens, and the Saadian Tombs. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$241.30 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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$241.30 USD

Half-Day Guided Walking Tour of Marrakech Old City

Get to know old Marrakech on a guided walking tour. As you stroll, uncover the city’s history and be mesmerized landmarks including Koutoubai Mosque and Ben Youssef Medersa, a medieval Islamic college. Sample local bread, explore the medina, and absorb the bazaars of Djemaa El Fna before admiring the square over lunch or drinks (both own expense) at a rooftop restaurant.Choose a private or shared tour, both with optional upgrades to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$31.50 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Marrakech Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Navigating the sights of Marrakech’s medina can be daunting and time-consuming without a guide. This private half-day walking tour ensures you see key attractions such as the souks, Koutoubia Mosque, and Djemaa El Fna without getting lost or wasting time, and features a personal guide and customizable itinerary so you can tailor your sightseeing to suit you. Ideal for first-timers wanting a personalized city overview, with medina hotel pickup included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$138.55 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Marrakech

See Marrakech highlights on a 4-hour, private tour of the city’s medieval streets, Islamic landmarks, and colorful markets. With a personal guide to lead the way, you’ll get an insider’s glimpse of the Imperial City, and enjoy the flexibility of a private tour. Take in the elaborate gardens at Bahia Palace, Jemaa el-Fnaa, the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret, and more, including pickup and drop-off at your Marrakech hotel. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$77.35 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Marrakech Private Full-Day Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup and Drop-Off

Get to know Marrakech like a local on a private walking tour with a personal guide. Explore the labyrinthine medina to see its souks and historical highlights including the Saadian Tombs, 14th-century Medersa Ben Youssef seminary, and Koutoubia Mosque; and absorb the colors and clamor of Djemaael Fna square. After lunch (own expense), visit the botanical Majorelle Garden, famous for its cobalt blue ornamentation. Private air-conditioned transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$184.73 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Marrakech Guided Half-Day Tour

Explore the Marrakech medina and Djemaa el Fna on a half-day tour that goes deep into the maze of vendors, markets, monuments, and narrow streets at the historic heart of the city. With the option to add visits to some top city sites, this tour is a great first taste of the notoriously hard-to-navigate medina, and the perfect way to get oriented in Marrakech.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$57.73 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Guided City Tour: Discover the Authentic Marrakech

Uncover the enchanting mystery of Marrakesh's souks and sights on a private 5-hour tour of Morocco’s vibrant capital city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit magnificent Moorish landmarks like the Medersa ben Youssef, and marvel at the opulent decor of the Bahia Palace. Pleasure your palate with a delicious Moroccan lunch; explore the picturesque Jewish Quarter of the city; and absorb the effervescent atmosphere of the UNESCO-listed Jemaa el Fna Square, replete with snake charmers and enticing food stalls.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$98.14 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Marrakech Desert Tour

 Explore the beautiful Sahara Desert and get the chance to sleep under the stars with this four-day, three-night tour from Marrakech. You'll visit ancient kasbahs, sprawling sand dunes, and traditional markets, with the opportunity to ride on a camel or explore the desert on foot. You'll even stop by Ouarzazate, where all sorts of famous Hollywood films were shot.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$550.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Half-Day Guided City Tour of Marrakech

Visit Marrakech with a local guide on a half-day tour of the city’s main sites, including the ramparts, medina, and Djemaa El-Fna, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the old city. This tour gives a great overview of Marrakech, and includes hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and transport in a Wi-Fi equipped van.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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$21.36 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour

Explore the heart of Marrakech and its main sights on this half-day city tour. Admire the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, and city wall; delve into the medina to see traditional souks, bakeries, and lodging houses; and uncover Marrakech’s history and culture on route. Plus, savor the Majorelle and Menara botanical gardens and discover the stalls and entertainments of Djemaa el Fna square. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus choice of morning or afternoon departure included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$29.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Marrakech Full-Immersion Day Tour with Lunch

Get under the skin of Marrakech’s ancient medina and historical highlights on this full-day tour, including lunch. With a knowledgeable local guide, stroll through the tangled lanes and souks; take in the sights, sounds and aromas of vast Djemaa El Fna; and explore the ornate pavilions and gardens of the beautiful Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs. Savor lunch at a medina restaurant and take snaps of top Marrakech attractions such as Koutoubia Mosque.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$60.04 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Agadir Day trip to Marrakech

Enjoy a day trip to the red city to explore the beautiful monuments, from Bahia Palace to Koutobia mosque followed by free time in the market and the Jamaa El Fana square. Start your trip from 7 in the morning and return to your hotel around 8 in the evening.
  • Duration: 22 hours
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$69.27 USD
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  • Duration: 22 hours
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Private Day Trip to Marrakech from Casablanca

Discover the Imperial City of Marrakech on this full-day tour from Casablanca and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit Marrakech landmarks including Koutoubia mosque and the Majorelle Garden; admire architectural wonders such as Bahia Palace and Grand Badi Palace; and soak up the atmosphere in the famous Djemaa El Fna square.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$115.50 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Marrakech Discovery Tour with Lunch

With just one day to discover Marrakech, this small-group tour ensures you maximize your time and make the most of your guide. Admire Marrakech landmarks including Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace, and Lazama Synagogue; learn about Berber culture at the Tiskiwin Museum; then visit the famous Jemaa el-Fnaa Square to explore the souks and enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$103.91 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Marrakech City Guided Day Tour with Lunch

Discover Marrakech highlights on a full-day, guided tour that explores history, architecture, and Moroccan cuisine. Visiting the city with a local guide is a great way to get your bearings in the maze-like Medina, or old city, learning the stories behind each site you visit. See the towering minarets at Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, the vibrant Jemaa el-Fnaa, and two beautiful gardens hidden in the middle of the city, pausing for a lunch of traditional tagine in a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$45.03 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Marrakech Highlights: Guided Day Tour

Discover historic sites, architecture, and a vibrant old city on a full-day tour of Marrakech that takes in the city’s highlights, with breakfast, lunch, and round-trip hotel transfer included. Exploring the maze-like medina alongside a local guide means you can walk through back alleys and markets with confidence, from the Marrakech leather auction and Bahia Palace to the snake charmers of Jemaa el-Fnaa. This small-group tour is limited to 15 participants for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$69.27 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Marrakech History & Memoirs

Discover some of Marrakech’s most beautiful buildings and hidden treasures on this 3.5-hour morning tour. With a local guide, admire top Marrakech attractions including the Koutoubia Mosque with its sublime minaret; and the pavilions, courtyards and perfumed gardens of the Bahia Palace. Hear historical anecdotes from your guide as you explore, and round off your tour with visits to the decorative Saadian Tombs and Tiskiwin Museum, home to a fascinating exhibition on the ancient Saharan caravan routes between Marrakech and Timbuktu.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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$39.25 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Marrakech City Tour Highlights Half-Day Tour

Explore the city of Marrakech and see its main attractions on this guided half-day tour. Visit the Koutoubia Mosque (the largest mosque in the city), the Saadian tombs, the opulent Bahia Palace and its gardens, and finally Ben Youssef Madrasa, an Islamic college. The tour includes a short break for tea.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$13.85 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Marrakech Medina By Night

The next time you come on a private tour of Djemma el Fna, ensure the judicious use of your night by feeling the windy streets of the medina, alongside the historic mosque.  The irresistible atmosphere of Djemma el Fna is further highlighted by the maze of stalls, which after the dark, presents a pleasant environment for exploration.  With the presence of a personal guide that keeps you safe and on track, you can rest assured of a rewarding night venture, including rich tastes of indigenous and international foods, good music, and great dances that you do not get before sunset.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$23.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Marrakech City Bike Tour

Pedal winding lanes and grand boulevards on a 3-hour bike tour of Marrakech, and take in the iconic sights on an imperial city. Ride alongside a local guide as you explore the fortified walls of the King’s palace and glimpse the Koutoubia mosque’s towering mineret. Immerse yourself in the vibrant bustle of the medina then pause for freshly-sqeezed juice in Jemaa El Fna, whose snake charmers, dancers and storytellers are a vivid glimpse of Moroccan culture.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$46.18 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full Day Marrakech City Tour

Immerse yourself in Morocco’s most intriguing city on a full-day tour of Marrakech, and discover ancient tombs, soaring architecture and a vibrant local culture. Take in the soaring minaret of Koutoubia Mosque and the 15th-century Saadian Tombs; walk the elegant arcades and luxuriant gardens of Bahia Palace. Experience the vibrant hustle of Jemaa El Fna, and rub shoulders with snake-charmers and dancers, artisans and acrobats in a broad public square that’s the perfect slice of Marrakechi life.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$78.51 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour of Marrakech Monuments, Medina, Souk and Tenniers Leather

See Marrakech with a professional art historian as your personal guide. This private day tour provides insider knowledge about the most important historical monuments, palaces, holy grounds, tombs, and gardens in the Red City of Morocco. During your walking tour, enjoy personalized commentary as your guide offers insights on the culture and history. 
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$103.91 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Marrakech Evening Bike Tour with Tastings and Tangia Dinner

Explore Marrakech at sunset on an evening biking tour through the heart of the city, from the Royal Palace to the vibrant Hivernage neighborhood. You’ll pause for a series of tastings, sampling harira soup and freshly-squeezed juice, then stop for a dinner of seafood or tangia, a hearty stew that's baked in clay. Cycling through Marrakech with a local guide means you’ll find the best back roads and quiet paths, visiting fascinating historic sites throughout the evening.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$80.82 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Historical Walking Tour of Marrakech

The 1,000-year-old city of Marrakesh—Morocco’s former capital—is brimming with history. But most travelers miss out on key details. During this in-depth, history-themed tour, you’ll cover centuries of architecture, traditions, and events. Travel comfortably between sights by foot or in a climate-controlled minivan, with hotel pickup. Highlights include 12th-century markets in the Kasbah, the ruins of a 16th-century palace, and the city’s Jewish quarter.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$30.02 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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