Top attractions in Marrakech
Top Tours & Activities 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
Pick up and drop off were right on time. The driver was the sweetest and our guide was awesome! We were on the bikes for about 1.5 hours, with about an hour of driving time and a 30 minute stop for tea added right up to 3 hours. Quads and helmets were in good condition, just be aware that you have to hold anything you bring with you because there is nowhere to store anything inside the quad. I was a little surprised by the terrain... I expected us to be riding through more of the desert versus the more rocky "off-roading" like terrain that we were on. Otherwise, I was very satisfied with this activity.
I would do this day again and I would recommend this tour and any other tour by the same people. You’ll be fully taken care off and you will learn a lot. The food was excellent. Really great guide and hosts.
It was an amazing day, the guide was supernice and explained so much in a funny and very interesting way,you felt that he really likes to do it and you gain an insight into the lifes of the berbers,the landscape is stunning and all the people you meet there on the way are really really nice. Its a good contrast to the Marrakech‘ busy atmosphere. We would absolutely recommend it to everyone! El Salvador+Austria
All five of my family, young and adults, had a great day. Very happy with our guide Hussein (Ibri). Lovely walking in the mountains and delicious tagine for lunch.
Good driver, punctual. Interesting stops on the way. And the town is lovely, enough time to walk around, eat something in beautifully decorated cafes and restaurants, visit a couple of museums and some art galleries. Definitely worth it as a day tour. I had two trips with Marrakech Travel Services, well organised indeed.