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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.

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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

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

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What People Are Saying About Marrakech

Good fun, especially the little track out in the desert.

Had fun. Just long enough. We tour the local desert then we went around the little track they built. It was near the end and it was alot of fun going around the berms. That was the beat part

Marrakech Desert & Palm Grove Quad Bike Tour Reviewed by Robert, 12/11/2017

It was a great experience & we got a excellent guide Ibrahim Amzil

I was there with my 12 years old nephew and we both enjoyed this beautiful trip , and our guide Ibrahim Amzil did superb job for making our trip more memorable. Food and hospitality was amazing and I will recommend this to anyone. specially check for Ibrahim available for your guide : )

Atlas Mountains: Private Day Tour with Camel Ride Reviewed by Buddhika, 12/11/2017

All four in our group agreed...BEST day in Morocco!

Our guide, Mido, picked us up in a very nice Mercedes SUV and carefully drove us though the 4 valleys and the Atlas Mountains. But beyond that he told us details of Moroccan life in this developing country. He made sure we got the best hiking guide, warmest lunch table, and carried food up and down to help. The hiking guide to the waterfalls, Mousstafa, was indeed a mountain goat and helped us all, especially me to navigate the 500 meter rocky, steep trail. The scenery was gorgeous with lots of photo stops. Berber lunch....really Linner... a relaxing, delicious meal. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!!!

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/07/2017

Great way to visit the majestic mountains near Marrakesh in a day

Great service, their office is very professional and make sure you have all the info you need beforehand, via Whatsapp ( where and when to start etc). Friendly guide Abdul with great knowledge of the region, as he was raised there. Speaks perfect English and French. Very beautiful scenery, especially after the first valley. Nice stops are the cosmetic oil artisan shop and the great traditional Berber lunch. Good value for money.

Incredible personal tour, with a fantastic guide!

This tour was one of my favourite parts of my trip to Marrakech. It was such a beautiful day, with fun activities, an incredibly informative guide, and amazing food. The tour is done in small groups and gets out early to avoid the crowds. You get to see a lot (four valleys, and a lot in each one) and you are constantly learning about what you are seeing. The lunch at a Berber family's home is an extra treat, with a stunning view and delicious food. I would definitely recommend - it is a great balance between driving and getting out of the car to hike and sightsee. This tour gets you out of the city and allows you to experience a whole other region of Morocco - you won't regret it!