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Top Tours & Activities in Marrakech

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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

A superb well organised and varied trip out for the full day

A tremendous full day trip .Mountains , water fall , lake , plateau, berber villages. A walk ,a visit to a village co-operative where we saw them growing all different herbs, ,medicinal and beauty products , oils, spices etc. A visit also to a shop making and selling rugs , table linen ,scarves etc . Lunch was fabulous in a traditional berber house in a village on the top of a mountain . We sat outside with views to die for and had veg soup and a meat and veg tagine and cous cous.
Day Trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Reviewed by Eric, 02/09/2016

good if your hotel or riad doesn't offer something

it was all ok, but the 15 euros charge is 5 euros higher a normal taxi rate. this if you know to negotiate a bit with the taxi driver. other then that, it was ok to have someone wait us at the airport.

Brilliant all round the guide was outstanding

I was picked up on time by our driver and guide. He was very friendly and as we were to find out very knowledgeable. This tour was in the end far better than I expected. The dinner at the Berber house is extra but so very very much worth the experience. This tour will long live in my memory and would fully recommended it to anyone. At no time were we left wondering what to do as we were so well looked after but also left to enjoy the tour with the odd prompt should there be any danger of missing anything. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very curious and excellent to be with. Finally to sum up Excellent day excursion well worth the money with a first class guide
Day Trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Reviewed by Richard, 01/19/2016

An absolute must for anyone visiting Marrakech!

Booked the trip for my partner's birthday and we had an excellent time. The best part by far was the meal we had prepared by a family in the mountains. Also be prepared to do some hiking as the trip to see the waterfall is over steep rocky terrain. Make sure you wear something comfortable. The guide was excellent, and very knowledgeable about all of the areas we visited. Our second guide who took us up the the waterfall was very helpful especially over some of the tricky terrain. We also enjoyed a much needed rest with some mint tea afterwards in a local cafe.

Authentic Moroccan adventure with a knowledgable and helpful guide.

Had a wonderful experience touring the Atlas Mountains with Morocco Attractive Tours. Our guide was very knowledgable, describing the lay of the land in great detail and mixing in great facts about Moroccan history and culture. Enjoyed a beautiful hike to a local waterfall, a traditional lunch in a Berber village (with the best tagine I've ever had), and breathtaking views of the mountains. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for an authentic Moroccan adventure.
Day Trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Reviewed by Michael, 01/01/2016

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