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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

Brilliant views, fantastic guide, packed so much into one day!

The pick up was so easy, we were met in the big square in a large, aircon 4x4. The driver was incredibly friendly, and the journey, which included an hour scramble to a waterfall, and a delicious three course homemade meal, was incredible. The views were undeniably stunning and the driver knew a huge amount in great detail. highly recommended.
Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 3 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/18/2016

Great Trip, well organised with enough time to see essaouira.

This was excellently organised we booked late in the evening around 7pm and although we got a confirmation via email we weren't sure if it was really booked. However we decided to ensure that we where ready for 8 at the local taxi pickup point. When we went down stairs and started leaving the riad we found a someone waiting for us. He explained that the transport was on its way and we would be picked up shortly. The service was excellent and I highly recommend this to anyone booking any trips. Adam and Nicola
Day Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech Reviewed by Nicola, 09/17/2016

Hicham did a great job, he needs a bonus!

I booked this tour a wk in advanced without knowing when Eid will be. Turned out my tour is on the same day as eid. I was expecting for a cancellation but Hicham spent the most special muslim holiday with me instead of his family. I kinda felt bad but he kept on repeating that its my day and i should enjoy it. He didnt only drive but also became my tour guide too! long drive but worth it! Amazing day tour!
Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Reviewed by Marion, 09/14/2016

Fantastic trip, fantastic people, fantastic organization

a well organized trip to the desert. the only thing I disliked where the high (un- Moroccan) prices at the drink and foodstops (specially those of the food)
2-Day Desert Safari to Zagora from Marrakech Reviewed by Peter, 09/14/2016

Abdul was amazing local knowledge was invaluable and a great day

Abdul's local knowledge was so good and explaning local cultures and customs made our trip so enjoyable we were so lucky to have him and the guide up the waterfall was so kind and helpful thank you for a wonderful day which memories were made very special

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