Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyMoroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+212
- Best time to visitSpring or Fall
Things to Do in Marrakech
Top Attractions in Marrakech
- 1Atlas Mountains
- 2Sahara Desert
- 4Ourika Valley
- 5Ait Benhaddou
- 6Jemaa el Fnaa
- 8Marrakech Souks
- 9Bahia Palace
- 10Koutoubia Mosque
- 11Saadian Tombs
- 12Ben Youssef Madrasa
- 13Museum of Marrakech
- 14Majorelle Garden
- 15Menara Gardens
- 16Royal Palace, Marrakech
- 18El Badi Palace
- 19Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
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What People Are Saying About Marrakech
Our driver Ismael was very prompt, he was on time, drove very safely and was knowledgeable and fluent in English. The places we visited were very friendly and everyone was very welcoming. The views were spectacular and the route was amazing. Our hiking guide who took us up on the mountains, Abdu Latif was again great, spoke fluent English, explained everything and made climbing up the mountain enjoyable and felt safe. I definitely recommend this tour!
We had a great time with my friends trekking around the Atlas Mountains. The view of the mountains while we were having lunch was breathtaking. Our guide was very friendly and the pickup on time. Also a very new and confortable van. I highly recommend this tour.
We had an amazing time, and this was a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Morocco. We had a chance to meet with villagers, and hike a beautiful trail!
This trip was definitely the highlight of our vacation to Morrocco. We started off with a long but very beautiful drive. We drove around 7 hours each day, but the landscape and sorroundings made up for the long drive. We had lunch at the Ait Ben Haddou but know that you don't have time to visit the old building. We then drove to the dessert where we rode the camels into the sunset. Very beautiful and tranquil but do bring warm clothes if you are going in winter time. The camp was very nice with a lot of good facilities and we enjoyed the food a lot. We woke up early to catch the sunrise while riding our camels back to the pick up spot. From there it was 7 hours of driving back to Marrakech (El Fna). Overall a great trip with really friendly people (driver, camel driver, camp leader & so on). I would recommend that if you staying in Morocco for a long time then book a trip longer than just 2 days so that you don't have to drive that much.
Very good bus driver with great sense of humour and helpful. Trip very well planned without wasting any minute. I realy recommend this agency.