Top attractions in Marrakech
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.
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Majorelle Garden
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
7. 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!
8. 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.
9. 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 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
- 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
This was an AMAZING trip! Our driver was great. He was able to answer lots of questions during the 3 hours journey. Our guide, Youssef, who met us there, was incredible - so informative, so kind and so patient! He made the trip perfect. He shared little bits of history, culture and tradition with us as we walked. We loved the boat ride and our lunch overlooking the falls was delicious. Youssef was also a master picture-taker to make sure we had every moment captured.
Great couple of hours scooting round the city. I was on my own and very well looked after by my guide, who always turned left before me making sure traffic behind knew where we were going - not a given with drivers here. Kasbah, Royal Palace, and newer areas north of the Medina were all seen and I recommend this if you would like a few interesting and fun hours
Our driver Said is really nice guide, knows a lot about country, local culture always nice to talk with, always on time. And we were lucky with berber camp - we got free update to glamping (tent with shower and huge bed). So desert is amazing, you know it yourself but take really warm clothes especially in January))
It was a magnificent experience, the whole day was perfectly splendid. We had the chance to hike around, enjoy the wonderful waterfall and know everything about the culture of the berbers and the Ouzouds, thanks to Youssef the guide who shared with us all his brilliant knowledge. I recommended it strongly.
Beautiful place with stunning waterfall view. Monkeys, trees, hills, all look like South American landscape. Guide speaks English really good, Spanish, Chinese and who knows how much else)