Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
These exquisite tropical gardens are the work of French painter Jacques Majorelle, hence the vibrant "Majorelle blue" juxtaposed against the natural greenery!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyMoroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time ZoneUTC (+00:00)
- Country Code+212
- Best time to visitSpring or Fall
Things to Do in Marrakech
Top Attractions in Marrakech
- 1Atlas Mountains
- 2Sahara Desert
- 4Ourika Valley
- 5Ait Benhaddou
- 7Jemaa el Fnaa
- 8Bahia Palace
- 9Saadian Tombs
- 10Ben Youssef Madrasa
- 11Koutoubia Mosque
- 12Museum of Marrakech
- 13Menara gardens
- 14Majorelle Garden
- 15Royal Palace, Marrakech
- 16Marrakech Souks
- 17El Badi Palace
- 19Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
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What People Are Saying About Marrakech
We only booked the night before, but the guide, Mohammed was right there on time to pick us up the next morning. We had agreat day with lots if different impressions, incl. the 4x4 trip across the desert, the tea ceremony, lunch and a short hike in Imlil overseeing waterfalls. Mohammed tailored the trip to our needs where possible and was a great, knowledgable tour guide. We can only recommend Mohammed and the tour as such!
This was a great trip. We were lucky with the weather but also with our driver and host for the day Abdu. He was very pleasant, courteous and knowledgable. A thoroughly nice bloke! Nothing was too much trouble and with my wife being 6 months pregnant the consatant 'pee' stops were accommodated no bother. The guide to the waterfalls (Mustafa) was a gem and the lunch in a traditional Berbere home was so authentic and one of the better meals we've enjoyed (better than those in our 5 star hotel!). A thoroughly enjoyable day. Ensure you wear comfortable and sturdy shoes and lots of layers if the weather is inclement. Also haggle at the Aegean Oil place. You will get it for 60% less if you do! Andy and Basia x
Our guide Lahsone (apologies if I have not spelt this correctly) was very polite, informative and friendly. We travelled approx 1.5 hours from our hotel in Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains. We felt safe in the vehicle and stopped at a Argan oil co-operative on the way. When we arrived at the Imjil valley we had some nice mint tea before trekking up to a village where there were fantastic views of Mount Toubkal. We continued on the trails for a couple of miles to arrive in a traditional berber mountain village, where we sat on a roof-top terrace with the most amazing mountain views. We were served with a delicious meal, a traditional salad and bread, followed by a tagine with lamb meatballs and onions and some yoghurt and fruit. We decided to skip the camel ride but this was available to us on the return journey had we wanted to do it, in a nice area by the river with views of the mountains. In summary, a nice trip, friendly guide and good value - recommended!
Nice team, good instructions and an excellent balance between cooking and learning about cultur and herbs!
Thank you so much to Ibrahim for guiding is around the Atlas Mountains. He was so knowledgeable, interesting, helpful - he even got a Mule to carry my mother and 22 month old son up the mountain so help make the experience a memorable one and easy one for all. And he even carried my little boy when we could no longer use a mule! Unfortunately the weather was not on our side but regardless; to be a part of that experience was one we shall cherish for ever. Gorton our driver was very hospitable and the private car that collected us was spacious, comfy, warm and clean. Gorton was helpful and friendly and a great driver for this trip. Thank you to the team that fed us at the guest house- it was delicious food and with the views of the snow tipped mountains it was so special. What a fantastic adventure to have shared with my little boy and mother. I am truly grateful for you allowing us to really enjoy your country and home town with you.