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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

A perfect way to explore the food culture in Marrakech

Our guide showed us around in the busy food marked and had arranged different kind of specialties and varieties of the food culture! It was a perfect way to start the vacation. A tip don't eat before hand!
A Taste of Marrakech: Evening Food Tour + Dinner Reviewed by Mette Berthu, 08/22/2016

Waterfalls are beautiful!! Worth the trip. Bring proper shoes though!

Great Tour! fairly priced. The pick up and drop off service was excellent. The 2.5 hour drive there was in a new van with fantastic air conditioning. when we got there, you are able to just go your own way or get a guided tour for an arranged price (before you set on your journey) We took the guided tour (worth it, only 30 dirhams each) His name was Sal and spoke many languages, His english was great and was a pretty top bloke. after a little trek your at the falls and it is truly breath taking! bring your swimming gear as theres a great spot to swim. After that, your taken to get lunch overlooking the falls. 100 dirhams each. A little pricey, but the food was plentiful and included salads, bread, tagine, fruit and mint tea. All in all a fantastic day! would recommend to anyone! but bring proper shoes.
Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Trip from Marrakech Reviewed by Kristy, 08/21/2016

The best excursion for anyone who enjoys water and a good hike. Loved

Mohammed is the name of the guide we had and he was amazing. There are not enough kind words. The best guide in my opinion. Amazing
Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountain Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Faria, 08/19/2016

Ait Benhaddou was amazing, worth the 3.5 hour drive!

Overall the scenery was great! The trip is a long 3.4 hour drive but watching different scenery is enjoyable! Ait Benhaddou is worth the trip,however if you dont have a guide read more about it and don't get lost in the little maze of its streets! We had a good driver too!
Private Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou Reviewed by maria, 08/14/2016

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

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