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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

Good getaway from the hubbub of Marrakech!

Nice tour, camels looked relatively OK compared to other animals we saw in Marrakech so I'd like to assume they at least get breaks/aren't worked too terribly all day. Mountains are beautiful and the guide is great and answers all of your questions. To the tour providers - please make sure you look after your camels and mules - we tourists like to see happy camels!! HAPPY CAMELS without scars / fatigue / looking well rested :-) thanks.

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Sara, 12/10/2018

Excellent private day trip conducted by a very knowledgeable Mohammed

We had an excellent private day trip in the company of a very knowledgeable Mohammed whose English was perfect. We chose where we wanted to have lunch and also how long where we wanted to go and how long to stay there. Mohammed's suggestion of the Badia palace and the carpet museum were also excellent , less stressful alternatives to the usual tourist traps. ...

Marrakech: Private Full-Day City Tour Reviewed by David, 12/10/2018

Excellent, informative full day private trip conducted by Youssef

An excellent informative full day trip conducted by Youssef whose english was perfect and driving safe and comfortable. Lunch was expensive for what it was and we would have liked to have been offered a choice of locations so we could choose....but just a minor thing.

Excellent experience and well cared for camels.

All the staff were very caring and looked after all the customers. They made the extra effort to ensure they located everyone who had booked. The camels and equipment were clean and well looked after. One of the staff, didn’t catch his name, clearly cared a lot about the camels well-being. The snack, the msemen, was delicious and probably the best I had in Marrakesh. The owner even came to say hello in person and to check everything was satisfactory. From start to finish, a lovely experience and there was never any pressure to purchase the photos taken. Would highly recommend.

Marrakech Rock Desert and Palm Grove Camel Ride with Tea Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/09/2018

We loved our camels in the sunset. Our guid was very friendly

Our camel in the sunset trip was amazing. Our Guid was fabulous. Everyone very friendly and helpful. We visited a little old lady to have herbal tea & pancakes was delicious. Loved all our experience and made memories to remember. Had lots of fun. Thankyou.

Sunset Camel Ride in the Marrakech Palmeraie Reviewed by Perri, 12/07/2018