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
But if you understand that before going, then it is an good experience. We had an excellent driver who spoke English pretty well so that helped as well. I think we had the appropriate amount of time at the sites given that we needed to keep driving. There was a lot of construction along the way for now.
The minibus arrived on time in the morning. The driver was experienced, which was important in the mountain roads. We sticked to the program, and arrived on time in the Sahara to see the sunset. Dinner and breakfast was good, the whole place was cosy enough for Western tourists, and we met some nice Berber people. We had enough opportunities during the whole journey to take photos, and there were enough stops to use the toilette (though toilettes in the Atlas mountain are not really welcoming). The driver took us to a nice place to have lunch on both days (prices were okay). I would only note that the guide in Ait Ben Haddou cost 4 euros, not 2 (as it was indicated when we booked the tour). However, it was worth it, and it was a good part of the tour. I definitely recommend the tour, it gives lasting memories.
Helpful, informative guide who is passionate about his country made my day as a solo traveler.
The booking process was all very easy, giving us confidence that the trip would go smoothly. On-time pickup from Jemaa el-Fna square started the day off well - our guide Jamal was brilliant. He spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable, not just about the mountains and the 4 valleys, but about the customs and lifestyles of Moroccans in general. The Ourika waterfall was a highlight - excellent views from up there, and Omar (the Berber guide who led us up there) was very helpful. It is a bit of a climb so bring good shoes and be ready for some exercise! Other highlights of the trip included the stop-off at the women's Argan oil cooperative in Ourika (really interesting and no pressure to buy) and the authentic Moroccan lunch with the Berber family (the best tagine we had all holiday and the views from their terrace are incredible). Jamal's friendly, joker personality kept us entertained all day, even with several hours' driving. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. :)
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