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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 10 attractions in Marrakech

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Atlas Mountains

Atlas Mountains

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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
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Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

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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
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Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

Koutoubia Mosque (Mosquée Koutoubia)

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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
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Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

Marrakech Medina (Medina of Marrakesh)

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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
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Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

Palmeraie (Palm Grove)

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A short taxi ride from the bustling Djeema el Fna, Palmeraie (Palm Grove) offers a tranquil escape from the lively souks and traffic-laden streets of the Old Medina and Marrakech’s most affluent district has often been nicknamed the ‘Beverly Hills of Marrakech.' A quiet, sun-soaked oasis of palm and orange tree-fringed boulevards, neatly-tended rose gardens and vast swimming pools, Palmeraie is home to many of the city’s most extravagant resort hotels and luxurious private villas.Even if you can’t afford to stay in the Palmeraie, the scenic district makes a worthwhile detour from downtown Marrakech and the 32,000-acre stretch of palm groves provides a shady backdrop for leisure activities. As well as walking and biking tours, horseback riding and camel riding are popular pastimes, and there’s also a beautifully situated golf course overlooking the villas.More
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Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)

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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
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Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

Majorelle Garden (Jardin Majorelle)

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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
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Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

Ourika Valley (Vallée de l’Ourika)

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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
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Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

Ouzoud Waterfalls (Cascades d’Ouzoud)

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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
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Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal)

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When you think of the Sahara, Northern Africa, or the sunny Moroccan plains, things like snow, ice, and crampons usually aren’t part of the picture. When climbing Mt. Toubkal (Jebel Toubkal or Jbel Toubkal in Arabic), conditions quickly go from hot to brisk, mountainside cold. Towering 13,751 feet above sea level, Mt. Toubkal (occasionally written Mt. Tubkal) is not only the highest mountain in central Morocco, but also the highest in the Atlas Range and all of Northern Africa. It’s a trail that’s accessible all year round to a wide range of hikers, and is more of a long, very steep stroll as opposed to a technical climb.Toubkal trips begin from the town of Imlil about an hour south of Marrakech, where temperatures can still be blazingly hot despite the hillside perch. By the end of the first day of walking, however, the trail levels out at Toubkal Refuge near 10,000 feet elevation, where the air is suddenly crisp, cool, and a welcome break from the heat. Reaching the summit means rising early—often well before dawn—for the final, 3,000 foot vertical climb on a steep, scree-laden slope. Going up is often easier than down, though the view from the top is more than worth the six hour round trip climb. Finally, while climbing Toubkal in two days is possible, most hikers break the journey up into a slower, three day climb.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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Great day trip from Marrakech to see the falls.
lukose1182, Nov 2020
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Really nice to see the beauty of the falls without the crowds.
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Great trip - I recommend and would do again
Dina, Oct 2020
Day Trip to Ouzoud WatterFalls from Marrakech: Shared
He took us through a beautiful and big tour around Ouzoud, where we got to see the waterfalls from many different viewpoints.
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Highly recommend
Holly_W, Mar 2020
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
On the day, our guide Hadid was lovely, great English, very knowledgable, explained each place to us and ensured we got around safely.
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Worth a visit
Haj, Feb 2020
Ouzoud Falls Day Trip from Marrakech
Water fall is amazing and overall a very good trip, guides very helpful but location is a tiny bit too far from Marrakech
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A must do
Tashana_S, Feb 2020
Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip from Marrakech
The falls are beautiful and monkeys are so friendly.
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Great Experience
bsmith0253, Feb 2020
Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Waterfalls - Camel ride Day Trip Marrakech
Good English, great personality, and very attentive throughout the whole adventure.
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A great night at the souk with a Marrakech native
johnstoutcamas, Jan 2020
Private Night Tour: Discover The Magic of Marrakech
Many of the merchants seem genuinely happy to see Jafar and to help us his clients.
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Fun Trip
lotsoftravel2020, Jan 2020
3 Day Desert Sahara Tour From Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains Private Tour
Overall, it was an enjoyable way to see other parts of Morocco and spend a night in the desert.
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Taxi tour of Marrakech
RichNDan, Dec 2019
Marrakech: Private Guided Half-Day City Tours
Brilliant way to see main sites of Marrakech.
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Great guide
Quest14523151876, Nov 2019
Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour
He had great English and explained the history of the places very well.
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Great Tour!
Passport58193908877, Nov 2019
Private Ait Ben Haddou Tour with Road of the Kasbahs from Marrakech
I would highly recommend if you want to see some sights outside of Marrakech.
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Nice daytrip
kingalazi, Nov 2019
Desert Agafay & Atlas Mountains & Waterfalls, Camel ride Day Trip From Marrakech
The villages and the waterfalls were really interesting, Ibrahim is a really good guide, and can answer every question.
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Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls
parkercrowe, Oct 2019
Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer in Marrakech
Had a lovely trip to Ouzoud waterfall.
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Amazing!
Rachel S, Sep 2019
High Atlas Mountains and 5 Valleys Day Trip from Marrakech - All inclusive -
Looked after my mum who’s 75 going up the waterfalls.
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Amazing experience
intermav, Sep 2019
Day Trip To Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys & Berber Villages from Marrakech
The water fall was an amazing sight.
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Day Trip in Essauoira
sylmarjr, Jul 2019
Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech
Beautiful places to visit and superb lunch at Las Cles de Vuete.
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Best way to see Marrakech!
Coastal21141415264, Jun 2019
3 Hour Private Sidecar Ride Secrets of Marrakech
This was a fantastic way to see Marrakech.
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Very nice guide and value for the money
Nomad21515799659, Jun 2019
Marrakech City Highlights Half-Day Tour
I strongly recommend this to visit places since travel is tough in Marrakech compared to other cities in Europe.
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Really interesting walk
558TomS, May 2019
Marrakech Medina Walking Tour: Half-Day Guided Tour
We did this tour on our first morning in Marrakech and it was a great way to see the Médina and get your bearings in the city.
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Short tour of Marrakech offering all the places of interest
stephen k, May 2019
Marrakech City Half Day Private Tour
Thank you, a great way to see and learn a lot in Marrakech full of things to do and see with a good guide who had a lot of information to give.

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.

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