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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

Excellent service and awesome activities

Everything gone better than expected. The driver pick up us at the expected time and take us to the camel ride. The local guide was very very nice. 1 hour of camel ride, which is a bit longer, but it's very nice to do. Then, we go to another place with our guide that take us to the quad bike ride. This ride is amazing, we drive for almost one hour, until we stop to drink a wonderful mint tea in a small village in the middle of nowhere :) Then, we come back to quad bike location and our guide take us back to the hostel. It really worth. Feel sorry to not have time to go to the SPA.

Camel Ride & Quad Bike in Marrakech Palmeraie Reviewed by Pedro, 06/20/2017

Absolutely quality. Best experience ever.

I can not praise this enough. We were meant to have the bike for a day and every single day we called them as last minute to extended. We were a pain. The guy never complaint or asked for more money. He actually had a smile on his face and seemed really pleased that we were enjoying Morrocco, we were very pleased at this as it made us feel very very confortable. The bike was well maintained and clean. Riding in Morrocco is the best way to get around and the best way to sightsee the real Marrakech. We will definitely be doing this again. No doubt.

Scooter Rental in Marrakech Reviewed by Valeria, 06/18/2017

Fantastic insight into Berber villages and culture

We had a great day walking around the mountains, visiting villages, and greeting locals, all thanks to Ibrahim who is a great guide and ambassador of his culture. Would love to come back and do a longer hike through the Atlas Mountains with him!

Atlas Mountains: Private Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Sladjana, 06/18/2017

An excellent day out with a knowledgeable guide.

A long drive but in an air conditioned mini bus the journey was fine. The guide was helpful and very amusing as he showed us round the village. He was attentive on the climb down to the waterfall basin and explained the various points of interest.

Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Marrakech Reviewed by Joan, 06/16/2017

A magical trip off the beaten track in the Atlas Mountains.

Our guide, Abdul, was absolutely charming - patient, generous and extremely knowledgeable. He looked after us beautifully. The absolute highlight of the day - and indeed our whole holiday - was having lunch at his relatives' house in a Berber village. The most incredible food (best of our holiday), in their home, with a beautiful view - it was a very special experience that we could never have found for ourselves. We saw beautiful scenery - the spectacular landscape kept changing and amazing us - and it was a good balance of being in and out of the car. I couldn't recommend Abdul and this excursion more highly.