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Top things to do 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.

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Museum 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.

Jemaa el Fnaa

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 Palace

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!

Menara gardens

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.

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Saadian Tombs

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.

Majorelle Garden

These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!

Koutoubia Mosque

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!

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Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts

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.

Toubkal National Park

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.

Planning Your Marrakech Visit

Where to stay?

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.

How to dress?

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.

How much money to take?

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What People Are Saying about Marrakech

Amazing experience, definitely worth your money. Great trip!

Very good trip, super organized. From Marrakech an amazing activity to do and a superb experience. The camp is quite relax and is definitely not as primitive as I expected.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Zagora Sahara Desert Tour Reviewed by Ishvar, 02/13/2018

Lots of great things within short period of time.

I booked this trip for myself and my 10yrs old son and we both truly enjoyed from the very begining to the end. Our driver Abdul was amazing, friendly, kind and funny guy and so was our super nice guide Ibrahim, who was walking with us around mountains, was also very helpful and generally great person to be around and chat with, answering my questions about Berber people or language. I honestly wish I had more time to get to know more about this culture. We had sun, we had snow on our trip, we had camel ride, nice simple food, visit to an argan family factory...A wonderful day indeed!

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Monika, 02/12/2018

Charming. Generous with her time. Interesting conversations.

Although a very nice, warm person she did not have a lot of knowledge about the placeses we saw. This was mentioned to me in the pre-visit phone call from Toronto but I did expect her to know a little more. Very good knowledge of the local customs and areas. She will learn more as she does more tours and has the intelligence to do so.

Marrakech Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Joe, 02/12/2018

Amazing tour, breathtaking views, great guides

Ahmed Amin was a great guide who went above and beyond to make our day trip the best it could be. Incredible views of the Mountains especially as we were lucky enought to experience them in the snow. Amazing food in the Berber village and the walking guide Omar was great and so helpful, making sure we were safe walking in the valleys.

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by Charlotte, 02/12/2018

Beautiful scenery -bring some good shoes!

The day was absolutely brilliant could not fault it at all. The drivers and tour guide were fabulous, however I do think the description on the website needs slightly updating as for us it wasn't free time by the waterfall as it makes it sound like..there's a walk down to get to the bottom which will be difficult if you're in flip flops or sandals, so bring some trainers! Fabulous trip though, would 100% recommend.

Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Marrakech Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/03/2018