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El Badi Palace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

1. Agadir/Taghazout: Marrakech Trip with Licensed Tour Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana.  Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Marrakech: Bahia & Badi Palaces & Saadian Tombs Guided Tour

2. Marrakech: Bahia & Badi Palaces & Saadian Tombs Guided Tour

Take a guided walking tour of Marrakech to discover this medieval desert enclave's beautiful and spectacular treasures. Stroll through the old medina with a local guide. Benefit from fast access to the Bahia and Badii Palaces, then pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs. Begin your walking tour by passing the ruins of Sultan Ahmed El Mansour's 16th-century Grand Badi Palace. Catch a glimpse of the former affluence of this majestic city. Learn about how, at the height of its glory, the palace was considered the 8th wonder of the world. Then, continue your tour to the Bahia Palace, the jewel in the crown of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Head inside to find out how it was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and took the most skilled workers and artisans 6 years to complete. Finally, pay an optional visit to the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Hear about how the tombs date back to the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. See the 2 main mausoleums within the enclosure, consisting of 66 tombs with 100 more lying outside the gardens.

Marrakech: Historical & Cultural Sightseeing Day Tour

3. Marrakech: Historical & Cultural Sightseeing Day Tour

The Majorelle Gardens, originally designed by Jacques Majorelle and later owned by Yves Saint Laurent, offer a peaceful and picturesque atmosphere with fish pools, bridges, cacti, and trees. It features a charming shop, café, and restaurant, and is known for its unique "Majorelle blue" hue, which has inspired imitations across the city. The Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Following a traditional Almohad architectural style, its tower is adorned with four copper globes. Miniature replicas of the mosque are widely sold in Morocco, attesting to its popularity. El Bahia Palace, known as "the palace of the beautiful," was constructed in the Alaoui style between 1894 and 1900 for Ahmed Ibn Moussa. It boasts 160 rooms surrounding courtyards, with rumours of concubine occupancy. The palace's stunning interior exhibits stucco panels, zellij decorations, carved cedar ceilings, and shiny marble finishes. It is surrounded by an extensive eight-hectare garden. The Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic School dating back to Sultan Abou el Hassan's rule, was later rebuilt in the 1560s by the Saadians. It is an impressive architectural masterpiece, showcasing typical Moroccan styles such as zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. The school served as a place where around 800 students memorized the Koran. The Saadian Tombs, dating from the time of Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, house the remains of about sixty members of the Sa’adi Dynasty. Rediscovered in 1917 and carefully restored, these tombs have become a prominent attraction in Marrakech, serving as the final resting place for members of the dynasty from the Dra’a Valley beyond the high Atlas Mountains. Marrakesh has a Jewish Mellah, historically inhabited by non-Muslims, including Jews. Many synagogues still stand, though fewer are in use. The Mellah district holds cultural and historical significance. The bustling souks are the heart of Marrakesh, offering an array of traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Visitors can find iconic items like babouches, leather goods, garments, pottery, tajine dishes, and silver jewellery. Bargaining is a common practice, adding a sense of fun and excitement to the shopping experience.

Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Mederssa Ben Youssef & Medina Tour

4. Marrakech: Bahia Palace, Mederssa Ben Youssef & Medina Tour

Begin your walking tour by visiting the Koutoubia Mosque, the city's largest mosque, which derives its name from its historical association with bookshops and booksellers. Admire the traditional Almohad architectural style and a tower adorned with four copper globes. Then, explore Bahia Palace, and its 160 rooms around little courtyards, which were, according to rumor, occupied by concubines. See the surrounding eight-hectare garden decorated by stucco panels, zellij, tiled floors, carved cedar ceilings, shiny marble finishes, and painted ceilings. Continue to the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic School dating back to Sultan Abou el Hassan's rule, was later rebuilt in the 1560s by the Saadians. Marvel at the architectural masterpiece, showcasing typical Moroccan styles such as zellij tiling, stucco plasterwork, and carved cedar wood. End your sightseeing adventure in Marrakesh's lively souks – the city's beating heart, providing traditional Moroccan handicrafts, spices, medicinal remedies, and local entertainment. Discover items such as babouches, leather goods, clothing, pottery, tagine dishes, and silver jewelry.

From Taghazout/Agadir: Marrakech Day Trip with Tour Guide

5. From Taghazout/Agadir: Marrakech Day Trip with Tour Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana. Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Marrakech Historical Tour

6. Marrakech Historical Tour

The tour starts by the archaeological site of the Koutoubia Mosque and Minaret. Through the historical Bab Agnaou gate, you'll see the Saadian Necropolis of the 16th century. From here, walk through the 12th-century Kasbah with its food markets, and visit the remains of the ruined 16th-century El Badi Palace. Then enter the 19th-century Bahia Palace, created by the local artisans with wood, plaster and tiles, and considered a home of the then Moroccan Prime Minister. The exploration ends in the Jewish Quarter, before returning to your hotel or hostel.

Marrakech Tuktuk+Guide+Bahia palace+Madrassa+ Souks

7. Marrakech Tuktuk+Guide+Bahia palace+Madrassa+ Souks

We pick you up from your Riad with a Touktouk to enjoy driving the alleys to arrive and visit the Bahia palace, we continue our visit walking to arrive and visit to the Quranic school Medrassa. We later walk in the Heart of the souks to enjoy artisans, and all handmade products and proposal for shopping. We End the tour at the square,

From Agadir: Marrakech Guided Trip with Guide

8. From Agadir: Marrakech Guided Trip with Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana. Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

9. Marrakech: Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals

Eat your way through Marrakech's culinary scene on a private food tour. Go on a delicious journey as you try 10 of the best food items loved by the locals: from savory to sweet and local drinks; this tour leaves every foodie satisfied. Enjoy a bite of the ultimate classics mix of dates and vegetable Tanjia, and taste them in their authentic, local flavor. Each tasting is typical of the local cuisine and hand-picked by a local guide passionate about food.  Visit El Badii Palace, Mellah fruit and vegetable market, and Koutoubia Mosque, plus other remarkable spots in between food stops and learn about their history and cultural relevance from your knowledgeable guide.

Agadir: Marrakech Guided Trip With a Licensed Local Guide

10. Agadir: Marrakech Guided Trip With a Licensed Local Guide

Depart Agadir or Taghazout early in the morning taking the highway Agadir to Marrakech. After a 3-hour drive with some rest stops on the way while crossing the High Atlas mountains, you'll arrive in Marrakech. Once you arrive in Marrakech, you will meet your local tour guide and begin a walking tour of the Medina (the old city of Marrakech). Start by stopping outside the historical walls of the Koutoubia Mosque and strolling thorugh the square of Jamaa El Fana. Have the option to purchase a ticket to the Bahia Palace. If you wish to visit the Bahia palace and Badii palace please skip or leave the group and tell your guide to set a meeting point with him for lunch (not included in the price). At the end of your local tour, you will have free time to walk through the streets of the souks (local market), haggle with the shop vendors, and find a good place to enjoy some local street food. After lunch, you’ll meet up with your driver, and begin the drive back to your hotel in Agadir with an expected arrival time of roughly between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

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What people are saying about El Badi Palace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 212 reviews

It was a great experience. The guide Ziad was very authentic and has a great amount of knowledge about Morroco and Marrakesh. He is very authentic and very approachable guy with a lot of energy. The places we visited are awesome and Zaid knows how to do good storytelling abput all places in Marrakesh. He answered all of our questions and was open for any conversation about the country and the people. Highly recommended tour with an very approachable and knowledgable guide. Next time we will do the food tour as well, greets from Nacho ;⁠-⁠)

Abdul was a lovely tour guide and we had a lovely experience! He was funny and catered the tour to what we wanted to do. Took us around the souks and pointed out the best places to shop and eat as well as the tour. Would highly recommend this tour!

Pleasant tour of the medina with a local guide ready to answer all our questions. Well organized tour also from a timing point of view

Very friendly and knowlegeble guide. Good service. Had a fun day.

Very interesting tour, very knowledgeable and friendly guide