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
- 8Marrakech Souks
- 9Bahia Palace
- 10Saadian Tombs
- 11Koutoubia Mosque
- 12Ben Youssef Madrasa
- 13Menara gardens
- 14Museum of Marrakech
- 15Majorelle Garden
- 16El Badi Palace
- 17Royal Palace, Marrakech
- 19Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech
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What People Are Saying About Marrakech
We were with 3 persons, one mother with two daughters. We were picked up at our hotel an the driver drove us relaxed to the mountains. We stopped a view times to make a photo and we have seen how the women in a lovely place made there argan oil. After that, we met our most best guide in years who told us so much great information about the berbers and his berber family who lives here. My daugther from 22 and the guide tolked about every thing in live, becouse we we wanted to know the difference between us. It was an open and instructive conversation. The lovely lunch was in the most beautiful place to be.
It was a great experience overall. My boyfriend and I took this experience as his birthday present and was a great choice. Our guide, Abdul, was super friendly and very informed about every aspect in the tour: culture, nature, history, etc. Totally recommended.
The tour was very good except for when we got to the Camel trekking. The people could not communicate well in English or French. The organization was not clear.
Itinerary: 3 days; Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou kasbah - Todra Gorge - Erg Chebbi camel trek (sunset and sunrise) - Marrakech. Great places and amazing views. Tour well organized with reliable driver, food good enough. Climate really cold, especially in the desert so another warmer period during the year would be preferred.
The instructor Katrina was very good, highly recommended and we all cooked our first tagines the first time in our lives, and they were so yummy. Thanks to Katrina who was professional, she led us to wet markets and introduced so many local produce to us. A fun and yet an informative session.