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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

Fantastic experience - beautiful locations and excellent guide

The whole experience was incredible - the scenery was gorgeous, and supplemented by a guide who was fun, charming and filled with the knowledge of a local about the areas that we were visiting. The overall experience was absolutely amazing- our guide took pleasure and pride in ensuring that we had a great time - which we definitely did. The experience was really personal, and I will never forget it. I couldn't recommend this more highly.
Marrakech to Atlas Mountains & 3 Valleys Day Trip Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/11/2016

Superb. Great tour guide. Great view. Great people. Great food.

We joined this one day tour which showed us the real lives of Moroccan at the Atlas mountain and the surrounding area. Out tour guide was very very helpful and good. We were provided plenty of time to visit local market, take photographs, to shop etc. We were provided with great hospitality and everyone was very kind to us. We had an amazing time and have seen a very different side of Morocco. Highly recommended.
Meet the Berbers: 4x4 Private Escape to Atlas Mountains Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/05/2016

This was both an eye opening and fulfilling experience.

The best guides you could ask for, incredible views, and an over all culturally enriching experience. Never a dull moment. Highly recommended.
Atlas Mountains: Private Day Trip with Camel Ride Reviewed by Nathaniel, 06/28/2016

amazing time with great host of this trip Mr Mohamed :)

Absolutely worth it!! Great price, lots of activities, very kind driver and awesome atmosphere. We would definitely do it again :D It was the best organized trip we've ever experienced.
Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari Reviewed by Aneta, 06/27/2016

Very nice and well organizated tour. We had a lovely driver (mohammed)

super nice tour. Total recommendation id you want to see the green side of marroko.
Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Trip from Marrakech Reviewed by Alina, 06/23/2016

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