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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)
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  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What People Are Saying About Marrakech

Fantastic scenery, service minded and well informed guides

From pick up (exactly on time) and until return to our hotel we felt safe and well taken care of by Abdul. He had great knowledge of geography, landscape, culture, villages, people etc along the way. His car was comfortable and clean, provided with drinking water. Visiting village marked gave great insight to Berber culture. Hiking along the water fall for almost two hours was refreshing (and the local guide was great). Lunch under apple trees, served by a Berber family was beyond expectations. Everything highly recommendable!

Brilliant day with our informative and fun guide Mohamed

We went to the Atlas Mountains via an Argan women's cooperative with our lovely Berber guide Mohamed who was very informative and interesting about the Berber region and the challenges faced by the people of the Atlas mountains. Our couscous lunch in the home of Rashid, a villager in Idlil was beyond delicious and a walk to the nearby waterfall was quite beautiful. A great day was made even greater by Mohamed's company.
Meet the Berbers: 4x4 Private Escape to Atlas Mountains Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/15/2016

Booked feeling it was expensive & ended feeling I owed them money!

This was an incredible experience unlike any other tour we've done. My teenage daughter & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a small group of just 4 people. The van was spacious, comfortable, & cool. Our driver/guide, Abdul, was AMAZING! He was timely, knowledgable, spoke great English, kind, & patient. We stopped many times for photos. He explained history & background info. He connected us with our mountain hike guide, Omar, who was equally wonderful. We had so much fun! The hike up the mountain is a true HIKE, but so worth it for the views & experience. The lunch at the Berber family home was the best tajine I've had in Marrakesh, the family is so sweet, & the view of the mountains while eating is unmatched. I highly recommend this tour! It was truly an unforgettable experience.
Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by Latisha, 10/12/2016

Nice trip to a cosy coastal town full of artist and creation

I would recomend this little trip to get to know a coastal town in Morrocco and above all to escape from the hustle and bussle of Marrakech. Nice trip with a very charming driver and a visit to the Cooperative to buy pure Argan oil.
Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Mònica, 10/08/2016

One of the best days out. Great experience and so much fun!

This was a great day out. The driver came to pick us up on time from the hotel. Once we reached the falls we were asked if we wanted a guide, we opted to not having one which was the best decision made. We had so much fun walking down to the falls having a boat ride then walking up. Overall I would highly recommend this activity.
Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Marrakech Reviewed by Kamal, 10/02/2016

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