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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)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Spring or Fall

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What people are saying about Marrakech

excellent driver very safe and carried our bags would highly recommend

Driver was there to meet us as we exited the terminal carried our suitcases to a people carrier very comfortable vehicle. Driver was very good negotiating rush hour Marrakech madness and we felt very safe. He was considerate and we were very happy with his driving.
Marrakech-Menara Private Airport Transfer Reviewed by Christine, 05/04/2016

Exceeded expectations by arriving a few minutes early

Because our pickup location was in the Marrakech medina, we doubted that the service could find us easily. We were astonished when the porter arrived early.
Marrakech to Agadir: Private 1-Way Transfer Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/24/2016

It was a fun experience. Highly recommend. I booked on the day as well

I booked exactly on the same day an hour before pick up time and I'm surprised with how promot the service was. It was a fun experience. Highly recommend.
Marrakech: Half-Day Camel Ride in Palm Grove Reviewed by Nicola, 04/22/2016

This was THE highlight of our trip - by far the best guided tour!

There were lots of trips we could have booked with our hotel, but after reviewing them we decided to look on the internet to find something else. It was purely because of a fantastic review that we decided to book this tour with Brahim Amzil. We had a money-can't-buy experience with our guide who knew the Atlas Mountains so well because he grew up in one of the Berber villages. We learnt so much and trekked to places we knew other tourist guides wouldn't have gone, and we were so well looked after! We would both fully recommend booking this guided tour above all others, talking to other people who did day trip tours organised by their hotel we were so happy we ventured and booked this online while we were there (only two days before!) The home-made tagine feast over-looking the mountains was amazing. If you go to Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot website that's the view we experienced set in the Berber Villages while we had lunch. Awesome. April 2016

Brilliant day, great company and a lovely guide!

We were collected on time at our hotel and picked up some people along the way. When we arrived at the destination our guide was awaiting our arrival. The camel ride was lovely as he sang along throughout our journey. The quads were amazing! We spent an hour in the deserts and attended the villages for tea before riding back together. Our guide always ensured the group stayed together and managed the quads throughout the journey. We have since recommended it to friends and would enjoy doing it again.

Based on 978 reviews of GetYourGuide customers