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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
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What People Are Saying About Marrakech

Super experience, you have to do this trip.

We were with 3 persons, one mother with two daughters. We were picked up at our hotel an the driver drove us relaxed to the mountains. We stopped a view times to make a photo and we have seen how the women in a lovely place made there argan oil. After that, we met our most best guide in years who told us so much great information about the berbers and his berber family who lives here. My daugther from 22 and the guide tolked about every thing in live, becouse we we wanted to know the difference between us. It was an open and instructive conversation. The lovely lunch was in the most beautiful place to be.

Berber Village and Atlas Mountains Day Trip Reviewed by Brigitta, 01/10/2017

Awesome day surrounded by nature and Culture

It was a great experience overall. My boyfriend and I took this experience as his birthday present and was a great choice. Our guide, Abdul, was super friendly and very informed about every aspect in the tour: culture, nature, history, etc. Totally recommended.

Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by Alejandra, 01/08/2017

It was okay. The driver was exceptional. One hell of a driver.

The tour was very good except for when we got to the Camel trekking. The people could not communicate well in English or French. The organization was not clear.

2 Day Sahara in Zagora from Marrakech Reviewed by Rene, 01/07/2017

Very interesting itinerary and good value for money

Itinerary: 3 days; Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou kasbah - Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi camel trek (sunset and sunrise) - Marrakech. Great places and amazing views. Tour well organized with reliable driver, food good enough. Climate really cold, especially in the desert so another warmer period during the year would be preferred.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Sergio, 01/06/2017

Katrina was really professional and friendly

The instructor Katrina was very good, highly recommended and we all cooked our first tagines the first time in our lives, and they were so yummy. Thanks to Katrina who was professional, she led us to wet markets and introduced so many local produce to us. A fun and yet an informative session.

Tajine Cookery Class with a Local Reviewed by Chiu Ming, 01/05/2017

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