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
The tour was amazing. Ismail, our guide made it perfect. Exactly that what we wanted to discover. A real Berber market for local people, a nice hiking tour where we have visited a water fall, a scenic drive with photo stops if required a d a fantastic lunch break in a private Berber house. We really enjoyed the tour, the organization and the day was full of new things we discovered.
This was such a great tour and amazing day out of the medina! Our tour guide Ibrahim was friendly, knowledgable and so much fun! He even took us to him home town for lunch in a traditional Berber village for lunch. We stopped by a local farmers market, rode camels, went to an argan compound and hiked the Atlas Mountains - the views were incredible! Our favourite day in morocco by far! Ask for Ibrahim!!
Booking was easy and pre activity follow up very reassuring. The experience was loads of fun and sunset very special. Tea in local home at the finish was a nice touch. Thoroughly recommend this activity and this Tour firm.
We will recommend this day trip to everyone, we had the best time ever! Rachid picked us up in the front of the hotel in a good car. On the road he told us some facts about the local people and the area. We made different stops for panoramic pictures. The lady at the organ oil cooperation was really nice and helpful. The camel ride was big fun as well. After that it was time to visit different villages in the Atlas Mountains. Ibrahim brought us to his village where we had lunch and even met his family. They are all very polite and hospitable. We had a fun and meanwhile educative walk in the mountains and to the waterfalls. Ibrahim and Rachid are both very gentle and kind, and it appears that they weren't just excellent drivers and tour guides but very good photographers as well, they took many pictures for us with our own cameras. Thank you Ibrahim and Rachid for this unforgettable adventure, next time if we want a trip it will definitely be with you again!
See Berber craftsmen and artisans at work creating many remarkable products. The trek to the waterfall is for the youth. You get to see several remarkable Berber carpets and see how they're made. Similarly see pottery being made as well as argan oil being extracted for cosmetics or being made into cooking oil.