Things to do in
Marrakech

From the packed souk markets to the traditional Moroccan hammam spas, this capital is a treat for all the senses.

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From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

1. From Marrakech: Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari with Food

Discover the edge of the Sahara Desert on a 3-day budget tour from Marrakech, and explore the dramatic landscapes of the Dades Valley and Kasbah of Ourzazate. Ride across the dunes of Erg Chebbi by camel, and sleep at a desert camp surrounded by high sand dunes. Day 1: Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou - Tinghir After an early departure from the Marrakech hotel, your journey begins by crossing the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another to the UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for its Kasbah and fortified village, and previously used as a set for some famous Hollywood epics as well as a backdrop for some fashion magazines photo shoots. After some leisure time to explore the village with its Kasbah, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, then continue your drive through Ouarzazate, known as the Gate of the Sahara and onto Boumalne Dades, admiring the scenic drive along the road to Tinghir, where you can enjoy dinner and an overnight stop.  Day 2: Tinghir - Todgha Gorges - Merzouga Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to the dramatic Todgha Gorges, pausing for some free time to explore the canyons and enjoy lunch at a local café. Continue to Merzouga to meet your camel caravan. Then, experience the Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback and watch the sunset change the color of the sand. Reach your desert camp before nightfall and enjoy an authentic Moroccan dinner under the stars. Local nomads will provide the entertainment and show you how to play the Tam Tam drums. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stop. Day 3: Merzouga Ouarzazate - Marrakech Following an early wake up to watch the sunrise before breakfast (optional), a driver will be waiting to pick you up for the transfer back to Marrakech. Stop half-way for lunch in Ouarzazate. You can also book upgrades for the night in the Bedouin camp as an optional extra. Upgrade to the deluxe desert camp with a luxury private tent complete with ensuite shower, bathroom facilities, and 5* amenities. These upgrades need to be booked per person.

From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

2. From Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Hike and Boat Trip

Embark on a full-day tour to the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech. Learn about Berber culture as you explore the land. Descend winding trails and admire stunning views of the falls on a boat ride. Begin with pickup from your hotel or riad, before departing for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in North Africa, located 93 miles (150 km) north of Marrakech. Upon arrival in the village of Ouzoud, admire views of the cascades that plunge 360 feet (110 meters) into the pool below. Follow your local guide through olive tree groves to an argan oil co-operative and learn about Berber culture.  Continue down a network of trails to a viewpoint where you can buy fresh orange juice. Board a traditional boat for a short ride on the pool at the bottom of the waterfalls. Then, enjoy a Berber lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the falls. After, take 20 minutes of free time to take pictures, admire the views, or explore the souvenir stalls. In the mid-afternoon, climb a series of stairs for your transfer back to Marrakech.

Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

3. Marrakech Quad Bike Experience: Desert and Palmeraie

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in the comfort of an air-conditioned car and into the nearby endless desert. From here, embark on a thrilling tour of Jbilets Desert, known for its attractive lighting, on a quad bike. Slip away as you explore the fascinating history and culture in this unique area with your local guide. Only 30 minutes from the center of Marrakech, experience the real Morocco and get to know the locals. Discover the Jbilets desert area and take in the views of the Atlas Mountains. Visit a little village to stretch your legs, sip hot tea, and enjoy Berber hospitality. At this point, the guides will be happy to show some of the best tracks and spots in the area. On request, this excursion can also be tailored to suit you and your party’s tastes for exploration and adventure. Opt for program explanations, equipment briefing, and training for driving the quads to ensure maximum safety during trips.

Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

4. Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience for visitors to Morocco and this three-day tour lets you travel further and explore more along the way. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir; stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge; then take a camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes the highest in Morocco and sleep beneath the desert stars at Berber campsite. Day 1: Marrakech - Tinghir Your shared 3-day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Head to Ait Benhaddou through Tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Many stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouazazate and Kasbah Taourirte before lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Tinghir via the valley of the roses before you reach your hotel located in Tinghir. Dinner and overnight. Day 2: Tinghir – Merzouga After breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to Ouasis of Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to Todra canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the huge cliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Rissani, famous for its date market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the Sahara desert to Tomboctou. Continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape. Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, meet your camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset on the horizon as a backdrop. Reach your Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a campfire. Late at night, enjoy Berber music with the local hosts playing drums. Day 3: Merzouga – Marrakech After an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and drive back to Ouarzazate. After some time at leisure for lunch, carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the high atlas mountains. Your shared 3-day desert tour will end in Marrakech in the evening.

1-Hour Camel Ride and 2-Hour Quad Bike Ride in Marrakech

5. 1-Hour Camel Ride and 2-Hour Quad Bike Ride in Marrakech

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a half-day adventure tour just a few minutes from the city center. Drive out to the desert for a peaceful camel ride followed by a thrilling quad bike ride, learning about local culture and customs from your guide. Experience the desert from the back of a camel. Known as the “Ships of the Desert,” these remarkable animals offer a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Palmeraie in the palm groves of Marrakech. Once you’ve found your balance and got used to the rhythmic motion a camel makes, break for mint tea refreshments with a Berber family. There will be plenty of time for some fun photos and a chance to get to know your camel better. Then, drive into the Moroccan countryside for a fun-packed quad bike adventure. Follow your guide into the rugged terrain and experience the beauty of the contrasting landscapes around the palm groves from a new perspective.

Marrakech: Sunset Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

6. Marrakech: Sunset Desert Quad Bike Tour with Dinner

See the Agafay desert up close with a guided quad bike tour, a traditional meal in a Berber Tent, and fresh mint tea around a warm fire. Head out of the city with your fellow-quad bikers, admiring the view of Jamaa Lafna Square and the New City (Gueliz). At the quad station, pick up your helmets and glasses to stay safe while adventuring. Learn from experienced quad bikers how to ride your quad, and get an in-depth briefing on your itinerary for the evening. Before beginning your adventure, spend some time getting the hang of your quad bike in a large field. Ask your friendly instructors any questions about riding technique or your upcoming drive. Once you feel comfortable on your new bike, follow your guides on a journey through the stunning Morrocan dunes. Midway through your ride, take a well-earned rest to admire the gorgeous view of the towering Atlas Mountains in the distance. End your ride back at the quad station, where you can clean off the sand and dust with an innovative wind machine. Snap a photo of the beautiful Agafay desert from the terrasse while your meal is prepared. Next, enter a traditional Berber tent and enjoy an authentic Moroccan meal in a beautiful setting. After eating your fill, relax under the starry night skies with a glass of hot fresh mint tea, warmed by a crackling fire. Finish your tour of the Agafay desert with a return trip through the dunes back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

7. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

Marrakech: Oasiria Water Park Entrance Ticket

8. Marrakech: Oasiria Water Park Entrance Ticket

Skip the ticket line and head straight into Oasiria Water Park. This exhilarating park contains multiple waterslides for all ages, a lazy river and the largest wave pool in Africa. Waves there can reach a jaw-dropping height of 150 meters For the kids there's the Pirate Lagoon as well as numerous smaller slides - all under the watchful eye of a team of lifeguards. Your ticket gives you access to 8 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tubing river 600 meters in length and a total of 10 hectares of relaxing gardens, trees, and olive groves. Once you're ready for a snack, head on over to one of the on-site restaurants or cafes.

Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

9. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, after an approximate 3-hour drive, enjoy about 4 hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the resident monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Upgrade your tour to include an optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart for the return transfer to Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

10. Marrakech: Classic Ballooning Flight

Just one hour away from the legendary Jemaa El Fna Square, your hot-air balloon will fly over the beautiful countryside, letting you see the amazing contrast between Morocco’s urban and rural areas. After an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Marrakech, you will drive 45 minute out of the city to the balloon launch site. Here you will receive a full pre-flight safety briefing , and have a chance to watch the launch team prepare the balloon for departure. Once in the air, you journey will cover a distance between 9 and 15 miles (15-25 km), depending on the wind speed, taking you over a local village and the picturesque surrounding areas. The flight will last one hour, and after a gradual descent back to land, you will be able to ride a camel around the Palmeraie.   Afterwards, you will be taken to the village for mint tea and home baked bread at a local Berber household. Following tea and bread, you will be taken back to Marrakesh and dropped off at your hotel. See a new side of Morocco on this exciting trip, and see how a travelling a few kilometers outside of Marrakesh can take you back in time more than 2,000 years!

Frequently asked questions about Marrakech

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 37,843 reviews

Best tour. The tour guide Said is a young man who is most devoted to his trade. The consummate host, he looked after us with his personal brand of hospitality which included serving us our food, being our hiking guide in addition to being our personal holiday planner. This tour took us to the most picturesque waterfall and for those who hiked all the way, we we’re rewarded with the most delicious freshly squeezed blood orange juice right at the source! This moderately priced tour included a most deliciously targine lunch served in a spectacular restaurant with jaw dropping views. Highly recommended. Thank you Said.

The entire experience was absolutely amazing from start to finish. SAÏD is a very knowledgeable guy and really friendly, hope to see him soon. If you book somewhere else you will really regret it, trust me. Berber breakfast and lunch provided along with water and mint tea. Everything was incredible.

This was an incredible experience with an incredible guide. My guide, Zin, was a top man - chatty, (very) funny, kind and gave me an amazing two day tour of the foothills. And he fixes a very good lunch mid-hike! One of the best things I did in Morocco and would strongly recommend to others.

My favourite part of my Marrakech trip! Saïd is an excellent, charismatic guide- perfect amount of time in each location, always engaging and eye-opening. Please don’t hesitate to book!

Was an amazing experience! Our guide was lovely and very knowledgeable! Showed us things we definitely would have missed without him!!