Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, Marrakesh

Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, Marrakesh: Our most recommended tours and activities

Marrakech: Journey into Marrakech's History and Culture

1. Marrakech: Journey into Marrakech's History and Culture

Enjoy a private or shared group guided walking tour through bustling Marrakech. Admire some of its major landmarks including Jemaa el-Fnaa Square, the Koutobia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and the Bahia Palace. Meet your guide in front of Café de France, an iconic landmark on Marrakech’s bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. First, discover the majesty and vibrancy of Marrakech’s medina. Then admire the Koutobia Mosque and its massive minaret, the largest in the city. Learn about the stunning architecture and fascinating history of this highlight of any visit to Marrakech. Explore the Saadian Tombs, sealed for centuries until their rediscovery in 1917. Marvel at the ornate carvings in a Hispano-Moorish style that frames the crypts of a 16th-century royal family.  Afterwards, head to the equally ornate Bahia Palace, a 19th-century royal dwelling intended to be the most splendid palace of its time. See the elaborately painted ceilings, manicured gardens replete with fruit trees, and elaborate stucco patterns adorning almost every surface of the building. To cap the tour off, stroll through the buzzing souks, with their wide array of local artisans and craftspeople. Your guide will give you insider tips about the best stalls. Finish back at the Jemaa el-Fnaa square, where locals meet every day to enjoy the storytellers, musicians, and performers.

Marrakech: Set off on a Guided Foodie Adventure at Night

2. Marrakech: Set off on a Guided Foodie Adventure at Night

Experience the flavors of Marrakech on a guided walking tour of its buzzing markets and souks at night. Enjoy a variety of delicious delicacies, aromatic spices, and refreshing drinks as you explore the Medina with an expert guide. Meet your guide in the heart of the city, at Jemaa el-Fnaa Square. Head to the Mellah and stroll through the city's main market where stalls groan under the weight of fresh fruit, meat, poultry, and vegetables. Watch artisans make a local pastry and get a glimpse of how the locals haggle. Discover the flavors of Moroccan cuisine as you enjoy tastings of local foods such as sweet pastries or the traditional charcoal-baked tagine. Ask your local guide about the different types of tagines and the learn secrets of cooking this traditional Moroccan dish. You will receive a local recipe as a unique souvenir for you to take home. Before moving to your next stop, refresh your tastebuds with a delicious almond drink that locals adore. Head next to the souks and make your way down some of the side streets to discover food stops often missed by travelers. Marvel at the vendor's stalls and be amazed by the vibrant colors and flavors. Try some of the wares on offer including juicy olives and sweet dates.  Walk through the maze-like streets of the Medina and see how a méchoui maker prepares a roasted whole lamb or sheep in a traditional pit oven. Visit a hidden restaurant to try even more delicious foods such as tangia and kofte, served with freshly baked bread. Take in the smells of saffron, cumin, and typical fresh herbs which are abundant in a variety of Moroccan dishes. Sample three different types of salads made from the freshest local ingredients. Finish the tour in truly Moroccan style and sip a glass of mint tea from the rooftop of a cozy cafe. Relax a while and admire the beautiful courtyard and interior decorations such as rugs, mosaic lamps, and fountains.

Marrakech: Ben Youssef, Secret Garden, & Souks Walking Tour

3. Marrakech: Ben Youssef, Secret Garden, & Souks Walking Tour

Take a walking tour through Marrakech, exploring the cultural wonders of Ben Youssef Medersa, the Secret Garden, and the bustling souks. Experience a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, weaving together the rich tapestry of Marrakech's past and present. Begin your journey at the iconic Ben Youssef Madrasa, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. As you step into this historical gem, feel the air become thick with tales of scholars who once roamed its halls. Marvel at the intricate geometric patterns and elaborately carved stucco. Discover the tranquil courtyards that echo with centuries of intellectual pursuit. Let your guide transport you to a bygone era, providing insights into the madrasa’s significance and its role in shaping Morocco's cultural heritage. Continue to the Secret Garden, a hidden oasis nestled within the heart of the city. Stroll through lush greenery, admire vibrant blooms, and listen to the soothing sounds of fountains. Relax in a sanctuary that provides a peaceful retreat, offering a moment of tranquility amidst the urban hustle. End the walk in the souks, where the heart of Marrakech beats most vividly. Follow your guide through a maze of streets, where each corner reveals a new sensory delight. Enjoy the aroma of spices, the colors of textiles, and the banter of traders. Meet artisans and test your bargaining skills.

Marrakech: Experience the City's Bustling Medina Souks

4. Marrakech: Experience the City's Bustling Medina Souks

Explore Marrakech's colorful open markets on a shared group or private walking tour. Meander through the maze of souks and colorful stalls with an expert guide and gain a greater insight into Moroccan culture and daily life. Meet your guide in Jemaa el-Fnaa and embark on a guided walk through the bustling medina of the city. Learn about Moroccan culture with different visits and discussions with artisans and shopkeepers. Stroll through the winding laneways and browse through the colorful displays of the stalls, containing an endless variety of goods and produce. Shop for hand-crafted slippers, traditional woodwork, brass, iron and bronze handicrafts, jewelry, kaftans, carpets, spices, and pottery. Learn how to bargain and haggle with the shopkeepers, an essential part of any souk experience in Morocco. Choose between a shared group tour to meet other travelers, or opt for a private tour to customize the itinerary to your interests.

Marrakech: Jemma El Fnaa Food Tour with Dinner

5. Marrakech: Jemma El Fnaa Food Tour with Dinner

Morocco is known for its bold and flavorful cuisine, and what better place to discover it than the bustling city of Marrakech? Kick off this delicious Marrakech food tour at the legendary Jemma El Fnaa square, home to almost a millennium of trading, bargaining, eating, and mingling. You’ll feel the history, tradition, and culture instantly as you wander off into the cozy narrow streets branching off from the square, stopping along the way to explore some hidden local shops to taste a few of the many versions of olives, nuts, and other typical Moroccan snacks. From there, head to one of the most popular sections of the city – the spice market! Take in the fragrant aromas of cumin, saffron, ginger, pepper, and turmeric as you wander through the colorful market, and then continue your Moroccan food odyssey through the souks, where you'll discover the many traditional breads, and perhaps try a cow hoof or sheep’s head along the way. After seeing all the fresh ingredients of the souks and markets, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner amid the bustling World Heritage-listed Jemma El Fnaa at its peak, surrounded by locals, snakes and monkeys – an atmosphere that's hard to beat.

Marrakch: Souks and Foundouks Walking Tour with Moroccan Tea

6. Marrakch: Souks and Foundouks Walking Tour with Moroccan Tea

This experience tour will allow you to gain a closer look at the lives of the artists in Marrakech's souks. Our expertise makes diving and interacting with the locals in a stress-free environment much easier. Join your guide on the main square, in front of "Cafe de France," in the morning or afternoon tour. This adventure will save your time by avoiding getting lost, provide useful recommendations, share knowledge, allow you to engage with others, and allow you to discover the best hidden treasures of the Souk. The tour will be adapted to the expectations of the guests and can customize the crafts they like. This three-hour and a half-day adventure will reveal the souks' hidden gems.The Souk experience will be vivid and colorful; encompass many Souks categories such as black smitch, leather, spices, ethnic jewellery, and weaving by Berber women. With a private guide you will explore the artisans section including auction market of leather, making of lantherns, black smith section, ceder wood and sculpture, making cushions, coloring leather, custom-made slippers and leaher bags....and more. Visit a local caravan Foundouks, where traders can be found. In addition, understand how products are manufactured and enjoy a delightful shopping experience. Have a good time with the locals, have some fun, and swap stories. Explore the top stores and make new friends while having a fun shopping experience. Finally, the tour will end in one beautifull rooftops while enjoying a cup of Moroccan Tea.

From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Merzouga Dunes & Camel

7. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Tour to Merzouga Dunes & Camel

The 3 days desert tour from marrakech to merzouga dunes & camel trek, including: Merzouga desert tour departure from Marrakech 3 days will allow you to explore the southern Sahara and its wonderful Kasbahs and to live unforgettable moments with the Berbers, as well as the visit of the old kasbah to Ait ben Haddou and Toudra gorge, sleep in a desert camp under Berber tent. HIGHLIGHTS TOUR: Cross the High Atlas Mountains with its pass of Tizi Ntichka Visit the legendary world heritage site of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou Visit Todra gorges and Tinghir oasis Ride a camel in Erg Chebbi to watch the color changing sunset & sunrise Spend the night at a Berbr desert camp sandboarding DAY 1 : MARRAKECH - TIZI-N - TICHKA - AIT BEN HADDOU - OUARZAZATE - ROSE VALLEY Picking up from your accommodation or next place for the transport from your raid Marrakech at 7h00 am then we will start our journey from Marrakech to tinghir across the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas pass, with far-reaching views across the mountains, to the traditional High Atlas Berber villages then we continue to Kasbah Ait Benhaddou to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou, you will have lunch at Ait benhaddou after lunch we stop in super Market in ouarzazate snd we continue to Rose Valley and overnight in the Hotel with Dinner and Breakfast DAY 2 : ROSE VALLEY - TINGHIR - GORGE TODGHA & OASIS - TINEJDAD - ERFOUD - MERZOUGA After the breakfast, Departure to Erg chebbi sahara desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, we'll pass through Todra Gorges, oasis, Tinjdad, Jorf and Erfoud in which we'll feel the beginning of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet, and then we continue to a Hotel in Merzouga, after relaxing few minutes you will take some of your luggage in small bag (the necessary for the night in desert) and leave the other luggage in the hotel, then we will ride the camels on an adventure crossing the erg chebbi sand dunes, this is a great opportunity to take lovely pictures of the sunset and sunrise. When we reach the camp we will leave the camels and we walk to the highest sand dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset, we will spend the night in a camp (Berber nomad tents) with drums music in the middle of the Sahara DAY 3 : Merzouga - High Atlas - Marrakech We will wake up to sunrise in dunes, then we ride back to Merzouga, after the breakfast and take shower in camp, we start our journey back to Marrakech. Berber villages, until Ouarzazate were we will use the same road back to Marrakech ,. Your shared 3 days desert tour from Marrakesh will end in the afternoon around 7:30 PM, with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad. You can also book upgrades for the night in the standard camp with a luxury private tent complete with an ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5-star amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

8. Marrakech: 3-Hour Palace and Monuments Tour

Meet your guide in front of the famous restaurant, Cafe de France, in the main square. Your tour begins with a visit to Bahia Palace, the crown jewel of Marrakech and a monument of breathtaking magnificence. Learn about the palace's construction and the skilled artisans who continuously worked to complete the edifice. From the palace, take a stroll to the Koutoubia Mosque, built in the 11th-century, and gaze at the mosque's imposing minaret. Hear about how the iconic landmark was the inspiration for religious buildings found all over the world. Afterward, head out to the Saadian Tombs, located just outside Marrakech. Discover what important family and notable officials rest here and hear about the restoration of the tombs.   Before concluding your tour, take a walk through the vibrant souks. Take in the aroma of the spice section, and be impressed by the intricate designs of the jewelry, leather, lanterns and other products of the souk. Finnish by Jemaa el-Fna Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to witness acrobats, storytellers, musicians, and snake charmers.

Marrakech: Customized Guided Walking Tour

9. Marrakech: Customized Guided Walking Tour

Customize your tour of Marrakech and see and learn only what you really want. Experience a private walk through Medina, learning local culture, secret side streets, and appreciate the soaring views of The Bahia Palace, The Kitibiyya Mosque, Menara Gardens, and Saadien's Tombs. The choice is yours.

Marrakech :private tour by night

10. Marrakech :private tour by night

Für mehr Spaß und Freude bringen wir Dich mit durch die enge Gassen der alte Stadt sowie Souk und rund um die Medina, damit tief Kenntnisse und Vorwissen über die Essgewohnheiten, Lifestyle, Bräuche, Ritualen zu haben aber nicht nur das sondern mit ausführliche Informationen über das Leben der Einheimische in der Nacht. Durch diese NachtFührung wirst du was heißes trinken, Musik hören, Markt besuchen und mehr Infos über Religion und Religiosität, Ehe und Familie, Bildungswesen, Gesundheitszustand...haben !! also viele Besonderheiten ganz einfach und ganz einmal. Bist du bereit, Sooo los geht!

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Fantastic! I recommend taking this tour for your first day in Morocco, so that you can get to know and become familiar, you will go hand in hand with a local who will teach you how to move around the souks, talk to you about the politics, religion, culture and history of Morocco, in addition to the Medersa and the secret garden are beautiful places where you will take spectacular photos! Wear comfortable shoes because it is a long and wonderful walk 👌

My tour was incredible! Mohamed was so knowledge, fun, and kind. He explained a lot about culture and history in addition to showing us a lot of great spots and information. It was definitely a wonderful experience that also included tasty treats and incredible coffee!

Very nice way to discover the specialties and the place, the guide shared his knowledge in a good mood

Very informative. Our guide Mo was very knowledgeable and engaging.

Good food and great way to see the market. Safe and efficient.