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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.

Museum 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

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 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

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.

Saadian Tombs
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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

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

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!

Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts
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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

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

Great value experience that I thoroughly enjoyed.

From hotel collection early morning until return late afternoon, the trip was professionally organised and delivered. Although not mentioned in the itinerary, a knowledgeable, experienced and humorous guide met us at our destination and led us through the best parts of the town, before leaving us for a couple of hours to do our own things. He explained clearly how to navigate the area and the landmarks to trace our way back to the bus. The usual two commission stops at a pottery and an argan oil cooperative were well managed and I felt no pressure to buy anything (though I did buy something from the cooperative). I would book with this company again.

Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Alec, 02/12/2019

Amazing day - well organised and led - spectacular scenery

Mustafa our guide was superb. Even though our riad didn't have access via a car he still came to find us! He's very knowledgeable and told us lots about Moroccan life at every stop. Camel Ride isn't that great but the rest of the stops were well worth it.

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by , 02/09/2019

Fantastic day on Sunday visiting the 4 valleys.

Fantastic day on Sunday visiting 4 valleys of the Atlas Mountains. Really beautiful scenery visiting waterfalls, remote mountain villages, and many amazing valleys. The guide was excellent, provided a huge amount of information along the way. Lunch was great as well!

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by Victoria, 02/04/2019

Fantastic trip with and an amazing guide

My boyfriend and I decided to take this tour based on the high ratings. Our trip to the Atlas Mountains was truly an incredible experience. From the beginning, we were welcomed by our lovely guide, Mustapha Amazoz, who made our trip feel really special. He was kind and explained everything clear (he even gave us some snacks). The views were wonderful, the people were extraordinary and the food was from another world. It is an experience we are sincerely recommending.

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Maria, 02/04/2019

Really nice experience, everything was arranged really well!

Perfect guide. Really nice quad ride, in which you could choose between a fast and slow group. The camel tour was great between all the palm trees.

Marrakech: Half-Day Desert Quad & Dromedary Tour Reviewed by Dimitris, 01/31/2019