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Things to do in Marrakech

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Welcome to Marrakech

Situated near the brink of the Sahara desert and bordered by the Atlas Mountains, the landlocked city of Marrakech unfolds into its surroundings like one of the lavish carpets sold in the Marrakech Souks. The city’s medieval roots reveal themselves on a walk through the souks or kasbahs in the medina (Old Town), whose snake charmers, carpet sellers, spice stalls, and herbalists stimulate each of the senses. Orient yourself on a walking tour, or escape the sweltering heat and tick off attractions such as the Bahia Palace, Djemaa el Fna (Place of the Dead), Saadian Tombs, and Tiskiwin Museum (Maison Tiskiwin) on a tour by air-conditioned car. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque is visible from all over the city and can help you navigate through twisting alleys if you’re exploring independently. Just beyond the red sandstone walls of the Ochre City, the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains entice outdoor adventurers. Learn about contemporary Berber culture on a trip to Ourika Valley, stroll along the seawall in the Portuguese-influenced Essaouira, tour the UNESCO World Heritage site at Ait Ben Haddou, or ride a 4x4 to the base of Ouzoud Falls. If you’ve got time to delve deeper in the desert, multi-day adventures combine camel rides, star gazing, and ancient tombs, and reveal the heart of the Sahara.

Top 15 attractions in Marrakech

Atlas Mountains

Capped with snow throughout the winter months and cloaked with wildflowers through the summer, the rocky plateaus and lush valleys of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains provide a striking backdrop for hiking and mountain biking treks, as well as cultural visits to Morocco’s remaining Berber tribes. Sprawling along the frontier of the Sahara, the range runs from the Atlantic coast to the northern Rif Mountains.More

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

With its bold blue color scheme, towering palms, and gigantic cacti, set around pools of water lilies and gardens filled with exotic plants, the Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle) is one of the most idyllic spots in Marrakech. Owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent, it’s also one of the city’s most visited attractions.More

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

An outdoor market by day and packed to bursting with diners, shoppers, storytellers, and singers by night, Jemaa el-Fna (also written Djemaa el-Fna or Jemaa el-Fnaa) is the epicenter of Marrakech life, where locals and tourists come night after night to see the clash of colors, sounds, smells, and sights that make up this memorable location.More

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

The name of the Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia) nods to its greatness: "Bahia” translates as “Brilliance.” Part of Marrakech’s UNESCO-listed medina and located on the northern edge of the Mellah (the Jewish quarter), the palace was the 19th-century residence of Si Ahmed ben Musa (or Ba Ahmed), the Grand Vizier of Marrakech.More

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

The largest and most famous of Marrakech’s many mosques, Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia) 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.More

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

The historic heart of Marrakech and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh) is the first port of call for most visitors to the city. Known for its famous Jemaa el-Fna square, a dizzying maze of souks, and a magnificent array of mosques and palaces, this is Marrakech’s most atmospheric district.More

Tizi-n'Tichka Pass

The N9 road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate crosses the central High Atlas at the Tizi n’Tichka pass (Col du Tichka. Both that airy mountain crossing and the winding stretch of road around it are regulars on lists of the world’s best road trips. At 7,415 feet (2,260 meters above sea level, the high mountain views are spectacular.More

Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Fringing northwest Marrakech, the Palmeraie (Palm Grove is the city’s favorite recreational area and most upscale vacation and residential enclave. A refuge from the bustling Medina and Jemaa el-Fna, the oasis comprises 54 square miles (140 square kilometers edged with prestigious hotels and villas.More

Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)

Constructed by Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur during the 16th century, the Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens) are home to more than 200 crypts belonging to members of the Saadian dynasty. The magnificent mausoleums are renowned for their lavish design, featuring stunning zellige tiles, exquisite woodwork, and gold and marble embellishments.More

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

A lush expanse of terraced fields, forested hillsides, and cascading waterfalls in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley ((Vallée de l’Ourika) is a natural oasis just an hour from the city of Marrakech.More

Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

Towering 13,751 feet (4,191 meters) above sea level, Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains is the highest peak in all of northern Africa. The trail up the mountain to the summit is more of a long, very steep stroll than a technical climb (no ropes or special equipment are needed), takes two to three days, and is accessible all year round.More

Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Located by the village of Tanaghmeilt in the High Atlas Mountains, the Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud) are Morocco’s highest falls. They are a magnificent sight, tumbling 361 feet (110 meters) through a dramatic red-rock gorge of El Abid River.More

Ben Youssef Madrasa (Medersa Ben Youssef)

For over 500 years, Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech’s buzzing medina has served as a temple to education—and while students no longer memorize the Quran or study Islamic law here, visitors can enjoy the school’s special ambiance and magnificent Andalusian design details.More

Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou (Ksar of Ait Benhaddou)

The UNESCO-listed Kasbah of Aït Ben Haddou (Ksar of Ait Benhaddou) is one of Morocco’s most impressive historic landmarks and a popular film location for Hollywood movies. Sculpted from traditional mud bricks and fortified by walls of dark red pisé, this kasbah lies on the old trans-Saharan trade route, at the border of the High Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert.More

Kik Plateau (Plateau du Kik)

Perched around 6,000 feet (1,800 meters above sea level among the rugged peaks of the High Atlas, overlooking Lake Takerkoust’s azure waters, the Kik Plateau (Plateau du Kik is the Morocco that time forgot. Tiny donkeys still plow the fields, while Berber villages offer warm hospitality amid gnarled olive trees.More
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All about Marrakech

When to visit

Enjoy warm, sunny whether when visiting Marrakech in the spring, which is the perfect time for trips to the Sahara Desert. Spiking summer temperatures don't deter crowds from the Popular Arts Festival, which is among the year’s biggest events. Though autumn brings scattered showers, it’s also an uncrowded shoulder season that's ideal for exploring.

People Also Ask

What is Marrakech best known for?

Morocco’s cultural capital is known for its vibrant souks, bustling Jemaa El-Fnaa square, and traditional hammams, as well as its UNESCO-listed walled Medina (Old Town) and Majorelle gardens. Marrakech also serves as a gateway to the Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert, with many tours setting out from the city.

How many days do you need in Marrakech?

Two or three days is the minimum amount of time to visit Marrakech, allowing you to explore the Medina and Jemaa El-Fnaa square, visit the Majorelle gardens and Badia Palace, and shop at the famous souks. With a full week, you can also include an Atlas Mountains and Sahara desert tour.

Is food cheap in Marrakech?

Yes. Compared to US and European prices, eating out in Marrakech is very affordable, and it’s quite possible to eat for less than $10 a day. Expect to pay around 50 dirhams (about US$5) to eat out at a restaurant, while street food in Jemaa El-Fnaa square is often even cheaper.

Is it safe to walk around Marrakech?

Yes, walking around Marrakech is generally safe. Violent crimes and muggings are low in comparison to most US and European cities, although tourists do report being frequently hassled by vendors trying to sell goods and services. Stick to the main tourist areas and take a taxi at night to be sure.

Can you drink alcohol in Marrakech?

Drinking alcohol is permitted in Morocco, but only in licensed bars, hotels, and tourist areas. However, it is not the local custom to drink alcohol, and most cafés and restaurants within the Medina will not serve alcohol. To enjoy a drink, head to one of the tourist bars or your hotel bar.

Is Marrakesh expensive?

No. Marrakesh is not expensive when compared to most US and European destinations, and prices for accommodation, food, and attractions are typically much lower. Expect to pay around US$50 for a mid-range hotel for two or less than US$5 for a hostel bed, and budget about US$10 a day for food.


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