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Medina of Marrakesh

Marrakesh, once the most powerful commercial and political center in the Arab world, was founded in 1062 by Berber chieftain Abu Bakr ibn Umar as the capital of the orthodox-Muslim Almoravid Empire. Full of ornate monuments built mostly between the 12th and 16th centuries, a visit to its medina, or old town, is like a walk through a heavily fortified open-air museum. It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1985.

Surrounded by ancient walls and enormous gates, the medina contains a  huge central courtyard called the Jemaa el-Fnaa, a center of trade and public gatherings since Morocco’s inception. The medina is also home to a series of stunning gardens, including the Majorelle Garden, set beside the Museum of Islamic Art and featuring plants collected from five continents.
The lavish Royal Palace and Badi Palace stand adjacent to one another, but neither are open to the public; to get a look inside royal life in the medina, albeit a late 19th-century interpretation, visit the nearby Bahia Palace and its two-acre courtyard garden.

The heavily ornamented Koutoubia Mosque, set in the medina’s southwest corner, has a distinctive 253-foot-high minaret surrounded by a garden plaza. The nearby Ben Youssef Mosque was originally the oldest in the city, but fell into ruin and was rebuilt in the 19th century; its green-tiled roof can be seen from all over the medina. The Mousassine Mosque, built in the 14th century, is a sprawling complex of buildings highlighted by the enormous triple-arched Mousassine Fountain, inscribed with elaborate scrollwork and calligraphy.

The 16th-century Saadian Tombs, in which many of the most prominent members of Morocco’s 15th and 16th-century sultanate Saadi tribe are interred, feature ornate arches with carved scrollwork. A popular pilgrimage site, the Seven Saints Tombs contain the bodies of the seven patron saints of Morocco.

Near the Kasbah (where Morocco’s leaders were kept safe in the city’s early days), the mellah, or ancient Jewish quarter is the most condensed section of the city. Now a Muslim neighborhood, remnants of the past include the Alzama Synagogue and the largest Jewish cemetery in Morocco.

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Marrakech Full-Immersion Day Tour with Lunch, Marrakech, null
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Marrakech Full-Immersion Day Tour with Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 215 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.)

From USD $40.46
Experience Morocco: Visit a Souq and Cook a Tagine in Marrakech, Marrakech, Full-day Tours
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Experience Morocco: Visit a Souq and Cook a Tagine in Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 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 $62.33
Private Guided Day Tour to Marrakech from Casablanca, Casablanca, Cooking Classes
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Private Guided Day Tour to Marrakech from Casablanca

Explore the bustling city of Marrakech on a full-day private tour from Casablanca. Marrakech is a must-see for every visitor of Morocco, and there is a lot to ...  Read more

Location: Casablanca, Morocco
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $371.82
Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum, Marrakech, Private ... 
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Marrakech Medina Walking Tour Including Bahia Palace and the Photography Museum

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Navigate Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina and visit other city highlights with a local guide on this half-day walking tour. Visit the grand Bahia Palace and ...  Read more

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

From USD $48.12
Marrakech City Bike Tour, Marrakech, Walking Tours
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Marrakech City Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Join a magical city bike tour of Marrakech, and see all of the top sights of the city such as the Koutoubia Mosque, the Jemaa El Fna, and the Kings Palace, ...  Read more

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

From USD $43.74
Moroccan Cooking Class in the Medina of Marrakech, Marrakech, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Moroccan Cooking Class in the Medina of Marrakech

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Embark on an unique Moroccan cooking class in the Medina and enjoy a class lasting for half a day. This cooking course takes place at the beautiful Medina in ...  Read more

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

From USD $43.74
Medina Guided Shopping Tour in Marrakech, Marrakech, Cooking Classes
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Medina Guided Shopping Tour in Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The Souk of Marrakech is vibrant with colors, smells and sounds. It is simply a labyrinth of hidden gems and alleys within the heart of the old medina. if ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.00
Private Tour: Medina Shopping Tour in Marrakech, Marrakech, Shopping Tours
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Private Tour: Medina Shopping Tour in Marrakech

Delve into the markets and browse for bargains on this private 3.5-hour medina shopping tour in Marrakech. Follow your private guide through the maze of stalls ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.33
3-Hour Marrakech Souks and Medina Walking Tour, Marrakech, Private Sightseeing Tours
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3-Hour Marrakech Souks and Medina Walking Tour

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

This specially designed tour is the perfect way to explore the souks of Marrakech´s old medina! Bargain for amazing deals and see the famous Djemaa El Fna ...  Read more

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

From USD $33.90
Medina Shopping Tour in Marrakech, Marrakech, Walking Tours
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Medina Shopping Tour in Marrakech

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Shop until you drop and pick up bargains galore on this 3.5-hour Marrakech medina shopping tour. Follow your guide through the maze-like medina, and head ...  Read more

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

From USD $26.25

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