Top attractions in Marrakech
Nestled below the magnificent Atlas Mountains, Morocco's cultural hub offers sun-baked historical sites drenched in Berber tradition and ornate Islamic art. A feast for all the senses, here are the top attractions to visit for a taste of Marrakech.
Housed in the old Dar Menebhi Palace, the Marrakech Museum displays Moroccan art from the ancient to the modern, as well as historic books, coins, and pottery from the region.
Barter for souvenirs, food, and clothing at the vast historic marketplace Jemaa el Fnaa, then venture further into the medina (Old Town) to explore its labyrinth of traditional Souks!
Bahia means brilliance. Built for a former slave who became a favorite of the Sultan, it was intended to be the most dazzling palace of its time!
With the Atlas mountains providing a spectacular backdrop, the peaceful Menara Gardens is a favorite for both locals and visitors looking to escape the commotion of the city.
The Saadian Tombs, an immense 16th-century burial ground, are the final resting place for 66 members of the Saadian dynasty that ruled Marrakech from 1524 to 1668.
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
With its 70-meter tall minaret visible for miles around, the Koutoubia Mosque is Marrakech's most famous landmark. If visiting, bear in mind that only Muslims are allowed in!
Trace the evolution of North African art in this magnificent old palace. If that tickled your fancy, head to the nearby Maison Tiskiwine for more on Saharan life through the ages.
Though 57 km south of Marrakech, the home of North Africa's tallest mountain, Djebel Toubkal, is worth visiting just for the rustic village of Imlil, where most excursions start.
Riads – traditional Moroccan houses with private interior courtyards – are a huge part of Marrakech's appeal. Some of the best riads in Marrakech are now hotels, so it's worth shopping around for a unique place to stay. Some of the top affordable options include Riad Rbaa Laroub, Riad Edward, and one of the oldest houses in the medina, Dar Hanane.
Most Moroccans are religious but tolerant. Some areas are more conservative than others, so a good rule of thumb is to observe how well-covered those around you are. For women especially, an outfit deemed to revealing might be a magnet for harassment. It's also worth checking in advance whether the places you plan to visit have a dress code, particularly at religious sites and landmarks.
It depends on the nature of your trip although you should expect to spend about 300-500 MAD a day on food and 50 or so on taxis. Cabs to and from the airport should set you back about 200 MAD and souvenirs are generally cheap. Keep your expenditure low by haggling hard and only paying in the local currency (Dirham). That said, some pounds, dollars, or euros can be very useful in emergencies.
- CurrencyMoroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+212
- Best time to visitSpring or Fall
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What people are saying about Marrakech
Nice tour, camels looked relatively OK compared to other animals we saw in Marrakech so I'd like to assume they at least get breaks/aren't worked too terribly all day. Mountains are beautiful and the guide is great and answers all of your questions. To the tour providers - please make sure you look after your camels and mules - we tourists like to see happy camels!! HAPPY CAMELS without scars / fatigue / looking well rested :-) thanks.
We had an excellent private day trip in the company of a very knowledgeable Mohammed whose English was perfect. We chose where we wanted to have lunch and also how long where we wanted to go and how long to stay there. Mohammed's suggestion of the Badia palace and the carpet museum were also excellent , less stressful alternatives to the usual tourist traps. ...
An excellent informative full day trip conducted by Youssef whose english was perfect and driving safe and comfortable. Lunch was expensive for what it was and we would have liked to have been offered a choice of locations so we could choose....but just a minor thing.
All the staff were very caring and looked after all the customers. They made the extra effort to ensure they located everyone who had booked. The camels and equipment were clean and well looked after. One of the staff, didn’t catch his name, clearly cared a lot about the camels well-being. The snack, the msemen, was delicious and probably the best I had in Marrakesh. The owner even came to say hello in person and to check everything was satisfactory. From start to finish, a lovely experience and there was never any pressure to purchase the photos taken. Would highly recommend.
Our camel in the sunset trip was amazing. Our Guid was fabulous. Everyone very friendly and helpful. We visited a little old lady to have herbal tea & pancakes was delicious. Loved all our experience and made memories to remember. Had lots of fun. Thankyou.