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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.

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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

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 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

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.

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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

These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!

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!

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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

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

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  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What people are saying about Marrakech

Great tour, good value and fantastic lunch in a Berber home

Our guide was excellent, he really did everything to make our trip memorable. I would recommend this trip. Top marks

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/17/2018

We had a great time - all thanks to our guide, Ismail!

We really enjoyed our day trip out to the 4 valley, it was actually our favorite part of our week long stint in Marrakesh. Our guide, Ismail, was very knowledgeable, very friendly and funny and to be honest whilst the valleys and lunch was great his energy and humor really polished the trip off and made a good trip great! More details about the trip. The driver over was nice, scenic and went very quick and the entire group got along very well. The 1st valley had the waterfall which involved a fun but fairly easy trek up, would recommend wearing shoes with some grip as it can be slippy. Very impressed with the waterfall size! Lunch was brilliant, best meal we had all week and the settings on route to the Berber house and back from it was constantly changing and really beautiful. Would totally recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area. Special shout-out to Ismail - when he visits London I'd happily be his guide!

Amazing to see the sunrise from a balloon

It is worthwhile to get up in the middle of the night to see a beautiful sunrise over the mountains.

Amazing adventure that took my breath away,

The trip is much more than a camel ride. It is an immersion into the beautiful culture of West Africa. Tot enjoy the experience you must enjoy the journey through the welcoming communities along the way.

Everyone that was part of this day trip was EXTREMELY NICE!!!:)

I loved this day trip, I’d totally do it again. Mohammad, our tour guide was incredible and so informative on everything! The locals were also so passionate about their work and SUPER nice people!!! You ride a cammel for about 30 minutes, then make a couple stops along the way before you get to the Atlas Mountains. Along these stops you are fed and shown the life of the locals! Once you get to the Atlas Mountains you hike up to a waterfall and then go have an amazing lunch with the BEST view you’ll have while in your stay in Morocco and that is a FACT!:)

Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Alejandra, 06/07/2018