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Moroccan Culture in Marrakech

By Viator, June 2016

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From the bejeweled snake charmers and henna-painted fortune tellers that patrol the central square of Djeena El Fna, to the traditional dancing and rhythmic drumming of the Atlas mountains’ Berber tribes, Moroccan culture is as varied and vibrant as it is captivating. Wandering through the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina of Marrakech unveils a melting pot of  Arabic, French, African and tribal cultures, with the labyrinth of souks (markets) displaying everything from traditional handicrafts to herbal medicines.

Take a guided tour through the souks and you’ll get to see the craftsmen at work – weaving intricate carpets and tapestries, carving delicate wooden souvenirs and fine-tuning traditional Moroccan musical instruments. Delve deeper into the backstreets and you’ll find the leather workers dipping cow hides in huge buckets of natural dye and forgers shaping candlesticks beneath plumes of dark smoke.

Many of Morocco’s most unique cultural traditions have been preserved for tourists and culture shows offer a colorful glimpse into the country’s age-old folklore. Attend a Fantasia night and you’ll be treated to a dazzling spectacular of belly dancing, galloping horse parades, traditional music, and dancing, while tucking into a spread of delicious tagine, cous cous and other local delicacies.

Marrakech also benefits from its strategic location, perched on the brink of both mountains and desert, and traveling out into the High Atlas Mountains or Sahara desert offers an introduction to the mountain tribes and nomads that have long inhabited the region. Take a tour into the foothills of the mountains, where you can visit the villages, tea plantations and herb gardens of the Ourika Valley and get a taste of life in a Berber household, or take a camel trek into the desert and bed down in a traditional Bedouin tent.

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Camel and Quad Biking Tour from Marrakech, Marrakech, null
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Camel and Quad Biking Tour from Marrakech

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 450 Reviews

Head out of the hectic medina and discover a slower pace of life in rural Morocco on this full-day camel and quad biking tour from Marrakech. Follow your guide ...  Read more

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

From USD $108.69
Sunset Camel Ride in the Palm Grove of Marrakech, Marrakech, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Sunset Camel Ride in the Palm Grove of Marrakech

4.5 star rating: Recommended 394 Reviews

Discover Marrakech’s verdant oasis from the top of a camel on this sunset camel ride through the Palmeraie, a huge palm grove a short drive from the city. ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.04
Marrakech Full-Immersion Day Tour with Lunch, Marrakech, Nature & Wildlife
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Marrakech Full-Immersion Day Tour with Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 1881 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 $42.33
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 280 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 $65.21
Moroccan Dinner and Show at Fantasia Restaurant in Marrakech, Marrakech, Cooking Classes
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Moroccan Dinner and Show at Fantasia Restaurant in Marrakech

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Enjoy a typical Moroccan dinner . A traditional event including an opportunity to see the Berber folklore, the jugglers performance , the flying carpet, the ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.21
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna Including Traditional Dinner, ... 
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Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna Including Traditional Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 476 Reviews

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.)

From USD $61.78
Desert and Palm Grove Camel Ride from Marrakech Including Moroccan Tea and Snack, Marrakech, Food ... 
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Desert and Palm Grove Camel Ride from Marrakech Including Moroccan Tea and Snack

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 342 Reviews

Step off the beaten track to explore rural Morocco in style on this 2-hour camel ride from Marrakech. Wrap your included protective scarf around your head, ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.04
Marrakech Palaces and Monuments Tour, Marrakech, Nature & Wildlife
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Marrakech Palaces and Monuments Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 162 Reviews

See amazing Palaces and Monuments on a morning tour of Marrakech which includes the sweet smelling gardens of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Tower with its 70 meter ...  Read more

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

From USD $21.74
Marrakech Botanical Tour, Marrakech, Half-day Tours
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Marrakech Botanical Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 224 Reviews

Spend an afternoon exploring the botanical treasures of Marrakech. Visit the famous Majorelle Garden, where you’ll see its colorful history and French ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.89
Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Live Show in Marrakech, Marrakech, Half-day Tours
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Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Live Show in Marrakech

Based on spectacular scenes from "1001 Arabian Nights," this Moroccan feast accompanied by a dinner show is the perfect way to spend a night in ...  Read more

Location: Marrakesh, Morocco
Duration: Flexible

From USD $83.52

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