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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

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

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Really nice, but needs good form for Atlas mountais.

We enjoyed the trip and the driver Mido was excelent. Just prepare good shoes and clothes for climbing on the mountain. I recomend this activity!

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by Jelena, 08/09/2018

Really interesting day trip - would highly recommend

The driver picked us up from our riad and we were in a group with just one other couple. The driver talked us through what to expect throughout the day. First stop was at the argon oil shop. The camel ride was good fun. Ibrahim the guide at the mountains was so knowledgeable and was really helpful with the hike. The hike wasn’t too strenuous. There was a thunderstorm when we were up there which made it a little more fun. When we stopped for lunch they provided us all with blankets as we were soaked through. The lunch we had was one of the best we’ve had during our time here. Tip - if you get car sick, take a tablet, the roads up the mountain are very winding. And wear suitable shoes for hiking

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Gemma, 08/08/2018

A brilliant tour to experience the Moroccan desert and the mountains

This was my second time in the Sahara Morocco and each time was very different. I highly recommend experiencing it with a group tour rather than alone. Apart from meeting other adventurous people, the atmosphere at the camp and the places along the way had such a great vibe. The hotel at Boulmane Dades was superb with a stunning pool and the food was delicious. The tour at Ait Ben Haddou was really interesting, we learned a lot from the guide Mohammed. The walk through the Todra Gorge was so beautiful. The stops along the way were at clean locations and frequent. My daughter & I loved every minute of the tour and highly recommend it. Such amazing memories!

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Gail, 08/06/2018

Good organization and great experience of Moroccan mountainas

The tour was very well organized. We were picked just in front of our riad so we didn't have to worry about searching for the group. On the way to Atlas mountain we stopped 3 times and we could shop some authentic argan oil products, enjoyed berber whiskey and tasted delicious amlou. When we arrived to the village, our guide Rachid offered to make a tour with us and explained us everything. Rachid put a lot of effort to show us his village from different perspectieve and answer us all the questions we had. On our tour we have visited waterfallas and saw how Moroccan people spend their holidays when the cities are too hot. Afterwards we also had a lunch which was delicious. We would recomend this trip to everyone who wants to see also a little bit of nature and want to spend a day on lower temperatures.

We had a wonderdul time and an awesome driver/guide Salam

It was a unique experience, we got to know more about Morroco, the rich culture, the friendly people and the delicious food. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Salam made everything extra special. We felt like we were local Morrocans for a day. Indeed it was a memorable experience.