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
Ahmed was our driver and collected us from our hotel the morning after I booked the trip. He was a very engaging young man and spoke about his family, about life as a Muslim in Marrakech and asked us about our lives as well. On the way to Essouira (at least a 3 hour journey) we stopped for coffee/tea, at an Argan oil cooperative and at a tree with goats in! Essouira was lovely, refreshing and picturesque and I would highly recommend this trip and Ahmed to anyone else.
The scenery of the Moroccan nature will leave you speechless. I highly recommend booking with this agency. Everything works tip top - communication, organization and execution of the trip - and you really get to see the most beautiful images. Take your time to ask questions about the Berber people, talk to them and drink their tea, and you will have a new understanding of the world :)
We booked last minute, but had no problems whatsoever. Abdul picked us up at Jema el-Fna. Wonderful guide, he knew everything there was to know about anything. Abdul is Berber and is from the area we went to so he was able to tell us many interesting things. The hike up to the waterfall was strenuous and full of tourists, but it was no bother. The best part of the trip was the lunch at the Berber home. Really wonderful tajine and couscous. Would book again through Morocco Attractive Tours.
Really great time, loved that it was the whole day and the drive down the valley was very scenic. Fun refreshing meal afterward where you dip your feet in the stream while you eat. One critisism is too many stops to shops, would rather hiked more than shopping. Driver was excellent- over and above to take us to our drop off location in the evening.
Overall, excellent day out, but one slightly annoying factor in that th advertisement indicated there would be Wi-Fi on board the travelling vehicle, but we were told upon being picked up from our Riad that this was not the case. Secondly, others may have read reviews where you're being warned off using your guides upon arrival at Ouzoud, buy having experienced this, I would say do not be detracted; especially if this is your first visit. Our guide, Yousouf was very helpful and informative, and not extortionate at all, charging 40MAD per person (which at the time of writing this is around £3.40). Even gave him a tip at the end as I was very impressed. Last but not least, don't feel forced to do or partake in anything you don't want to, especially from random locals as they will expect some payment. All in all though, very cool day out.