Top attractions 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
Our driver was very polite and flexible with the schedule so we had the chance to go to Ait Ben Haddou first and enjoy the sunny weather before it got cold and windy. He didn't speak very good english but that wasn't that big of a problem. He also drove very smoothly which made the long journey less tiring.
Really great day - a guide who was passionate about the villages we visited sharing so much knowledge - so glad we took this tour - fantastic
I’m not a great fan of organised trips but this was the highlight of my holiday in Marrakech. It was a beautiful insight into life In The foothills of the Atlas Mountains interesting and energetic in equal measure. The main reason for this being the highlight was my two guides Hassan & Rachid. Hassan was prompt for pick up and helpful with details of what was going to happen especially as the the two other guests were French so he had to say everything twice. This never seemed to be a problem. A 5guide. Rachid was a joy and gave an amazing insight into his life within this community. He did this with humour and a simple honesty that made you feel almost a part of it! Every questions and fact was answered as if it was the first time he’d answered it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you’re lucky enough to have him as you’re guide you’re in for a wonderful experience, All food was amazing&included and you never felt like you were being herded into a selling opportunity THANK YOU RACHID & HASSAN
The tour was almost 4 hours and we saw all of the things we had on our hit list in the Medina--the mosque, the casbah, the saadian tombs, the bahia palace, plus walking through the market. Tariq met us at our hotel right on time and we started walking and learning about the history of Marrakech from someone born in Marrakech. We had a great time. Highly recommend.
Oumaiama, our translator, was absolutely wonderful! She was full of valuable information and so warm and welcoming. Would highly recommend.