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
Things to Do in Marrakech
Top Attractions in Marrakech
- 1Atlas Mountains
- 2Sahara Desert
- 4Ourika Valley
- 6Jemaa el Fnaa
- 7Ait Benhaddou
- 8Koutoubia Mosque
- 9Bahia Palace
- 10Saadian Tombs
- 11Ben Youssef Madrasa
- 12Museum of Marrakech
- 13Marrakech Souks
- 14Majorelle Garden
- 15Menara Gardens
- 17El Badi Palace
- 18Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
- 19Royal Palace, Marrakech
- 20Agdal Gardens
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What People Are Saying About Marrakech
Everything gone better than expected. The driver pick up us at the expected time and take us to the camel ride. The local guide was very very nice. 1 hour of camel ride, which is a bit longer, but it's very nice to do. Then, we go to another place with our guide that take us to the quad bike ride. This ride is amazing, we drive for almost one hour, until we stop to drink a wonderful mint tea in a small village in the middle of nowhere :) Then, we come back to quad bike location and our guide take us back to the hostel. It really worth. Feel sorry to not have time to go to the SPA.
I can not praise this enough. We were meant to have the bike for a day and every single day we called them as last minute to extended. We were a pain. The guy never complaint or asked for more money. He actually had a smile on his face and seemed really pleased that we were enjoying Morrocco, we were very pleased at this as it made us feel very very confortable. The bike was well maintained and clean. Riding in Morrocco is the best way to get around and the best way to sightsee the real Marrakech. We will definitely be doing this again. No doubt.
We had a great day walking around the mountains, visiting villages, and greeting locals, all thanks to Ibrahim who is a great guide and ambassador of his culture. Would love to come back and do a longer hike through the Atlas Mountains with him!
A long drive but in an air conditioned mini bus the journey was fine. The guide was helpful and very amusing as he showed us round the village. He was attentive on the climb down to the waterfall basin and explained the various points of interest.
Our guide, Abdul, was absolutely charming - patient, generous and extremely knowledgeable. He looked after us beautifully. The absolute highlight of the day - and indeed our whole holiday - was having lunch at his relatives' house in a Berber village. The most incredible food (best of our holiday), in their home, with a beautiful view - it was a very special experience that we could never have found for ourselves. We saw beautiful scenery - the spectacular landscape kept changing and amazing us - and it was a good balance of being in and out of the car. I couldn't recommend Abdul and this excursion more highly.