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53 BEST THINGS TO DO IN MARRAKECH
Marrakech is the fourth largest city of Morocco and considered as Africa’s first Cultural hub. The City is known for its fast pace and chaotic nature because when you enter the medina of Marrakech, you will be surrounded by a number of sellers and street performers who can overwhelm you at first but in a couple of hours, you will be used to it because they are very friendly and cooperative. On your first arrival, you will learn some new words like “Balik” which means move aside the animal is coming and the animal is usually the donkey. Anyways in short when you arrive in Marrakech and find some accommodation in Raid or hotel, then the first thing you would think is what to do in this busy place.
In this guide, we will show you the List of Things to do in Marrakech. Whether it’s paid or even free so enjoy your tour to Marrakech but be sure to read this detailed guide before visiting Marrakech, so you have a plan of action to implement.
Medina is the old part of Marrakech you can also be called the medina as the ancient city within Marrakech. It is surrounded by almost 20 Kilometer of walls which was built around mid of 1100. Now, if you enjoy adventure and want to have a little fun, then we recommend just to go and explore the streets of Medina and get lost within those streets and after a couple of hours find you way back to raid or hotel through Google maps. It was a fun thing to do and by doing that you will meet a lot of new people and can experience the Moroccan culture firsthand.
I recommend to explore it after the Sunset or early in the morning. Those are the times when you can explore it thoroughly, and streets would be less crowd.
Created by the French Artist in 1923. The astonishing Garden is more than 12 acres with the number of different species of birds living there. You will love to see the Cactus plants and number of fountains in this Garden.
At this place, phones and cameras are allowed so you can post it on your social media accounts. We recommend arriving early at that place so you can take photos without any interruption.
Just besides Jardin Majorelle, you can find this Museum. Created by the same French artist and it was built is 2017 in honour of Musee Yves, you will find the best art pieces and artwork of Yves in the Museum. Do watch the love gallery in the Museum where you will find out several posters which artists send down to their friends, family member and other loved ones for the last 35 years of his life.
It is a palace build in the late 1860s with a vision to create an Islamic and Moroccan style Ornament. This Palace has more than 100 rooms build with Marble and painted in bright colours. As Gardens are known as a powerful symbol in Muslim culture because of Heaven.
So, there are many gardens in the palace equipped with beautiful paintings, fountains and Trees. Speaking of trees There are different types to trees in those gardens like you will find Jasmine trees, Banana trees, Orange trees, Apple and Avocado trees etc. So, we recommend to visit Bahia palace during the day and enjoy the shades of trees and escape yourself from the heat of Marrakech.
All your trip to Marrakech would be Fruitless if you do not visit the La Maison de la Photographie. Located just across Medersa Ben Youssef. Initially, it is a Raid which was converted to photographic Gallery in 2009 by Patrick Man’ach and his business partner Hamid Megrani. You would love to see the morocco culture, art from the 1850s in the form of photos, and you would be astonished to see that most of the culture remains the same till this date. The entrance fee is around 40 Dirhams, details about the photographers included.
Famous morocco artist and Photographer Hassan Hajjaj is also known as Andy Warhol of Marrakech created this boutique, tea room and gallery. This place is known as his uncycled art. Uncycled art is the process of creating something of value from waste. And in this Place, you will find a plethora of these uncycled pop art. For those who are art lovers and love to see the creations of Hassan should visit this place.
Hammam is a cleanroom or bath where people go and take a shower and refresh their-selves. In Marrakech, you will find several Hammams where you can relax and get massaged with their traditional Aragon oil and Black soup known as Savion Noire. That is the awesome thing to do in Marrakech if you want to refresh and want to get mental escape from busy city life.
Jemaa el-Fnaa known as the centre of Marrakech is the best place to go and enjoy Mint tea on the hotel top as most of the hotels in city square are on the upper floors. We recommend to order mint tea and see the endless hustle below. Watching the chaotic life of Marrakech and hearing the annoying sound of Motorcycles is the best things to see in Marrakech.
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Now If we have to tell you honestly, no one can show you the true colours of Marrakech than the one who lives there, Yes, we are talking about Locals. We highly recommend to pair up with locals and tell them to show you the hidden jewels. Learning from someone who is born and raised in Marrakech is much more effective and way than reading any online guide. If you want to hire a local guide, feel free to contact us
As Marrakech is known for its Markets and if you want to show anything from clothes, antiques, foods, spices, rugs, pottery and leather goods than you must visit Souk Semmarine. Anyone who wanted to experience the real Moroccan culture and wanted to bargain with locals, then you should visit and shop from this place. Remember to Negotiate as hard as possible because Moroccans are champions in bargaining.
When someone goes to a new country, do you know what the first thing they want to try is? Yes, they will seek Local cuisine. So, when you come to Marrakech do not forget to taste the local cuisine like Tagine, B’stilla, Grilled Vegetable, FISH chermoula etc. When you enrol in any cooking class, you will be exposed to the number of local spices, and you will learn about the history of Moroccan food.
This is the small monument in Marrakech which was built back in the 12th century and named Almoravid Koubba after the Almoravid Dynasty. It is just recently rediscovered back in the 1940s, and till now it is considered as the oldest monument in Marrakech. Do visit this Monument and see the interior of the tomb, which is unique and classy.
Marrakech is a treasure to explore. There is so much to things to experience in Marrakech. Le Jardin has situated about 5 km from Majorelle Garden. Le Jardin Secret is also known as the secret garden or LJS has an ancient history, Build-in 19th century during the era of emperor Sultan. The garden was abandoned in the 1930s but restored in 2008, and just a few years back in 2016 it is reopened for public.
This palace also has multiple Gardens full of trees and fountains and as this palace represent an Islamic culture so Gardening is the part of the Islamic art because of the concept of heaven.
This one is for those who want to learn new languages. As the national language of Morocco is Arabic, it is the perfect place to learn Arabic. Although you cannot discover the whole Language in a short span but still if you learn some phrases like “Shukran” thank you and Merhaba (hello) etc., if you want to learn deep Arabic then book yourself in some Arabic class. Most of the courses have 30 courses in a week, and in 2 weeks you will learn a lot of Arabic.
Marrakech is a city full of colors, and its colors are not limited to daylight. At night Marrakech Pour amazingly different Colors. Also, people who came from Europe, America and other Cold countries found Marrakech very hot. For them, it is very suitable to see the Charms of Marrakech at Night. Street foods, restaurants, streets performers are more active than a day. The city main square Jemaa el-Fnaa which is decorated with Lights and show you a completely different view than a day. Mosques like Koutoubia illuminated in full swing at night. We recommend not to miss those sights and take as many pictures as you can for your Instagram Stories.
Moroccan dishes are famous for their rich taste, and most of the taste and flavour comes from their spices. Place des Epices is the market where you will find the number of sellers selling dozens of spices. The market is open-air, and you would be amazed to see the colorful spices over there. If you are a foodie and love to make Moroccan food at home than this is the place you should visit on your next visit to Marrakech.
This is the home of the former general of Marrakech Thami El Glaoui. He was given the title of Pasha of Marrakech in 1912 by Sultan Moulay Yousaf. This is one of the best constructions in Medina. You would be amazed to see the detailing and amount of work done on this palace. There are some temporary exhibits exits in this palace to highlight the culture of Morocco. The best part of this place is the bacha coffee house located in the palace offered the best variety of coffee.
Yes, Casino! You may think that Morocco is an Islamic State, and Betting is usually not allowed in an Islamic state, but as we said that Marrakech offers much more than you think. Whether you like gambling or not you will enjoy Casino de Marrakech because it is not a usual Casino but offers much more than Cards and slot Machines. This is the high-end casino and Pretty much expensive.
If you are on a honeymoon or with your couple and even if you are with your family, this is the best thing to do in Marrakech. Witnessing the whole landscape from hot air balloon is a treat in itself and a lifetime experience.
The view of Bright Green gardens, Dry and sandy deserts is the view which you will never forget. Moreover, from the top, you will clearly distinguish rural and urban areas. Best to wake up early and see the sunrise in that balloon. So, if you want to get an unforgettable experience, then do not forget to take the Air Balloon Ride.
This one is the most common yet best thing to do in Marrakech. Camel is the most common way of transportation in the Desert. Especially If you are with your kids, then this is the best thing to do. You can ride a camel in the Palmeraie. You may wonder what the hell Palmeraie even mean? It is the place in city’s north just outside of Marrakech where thousands of palm trees are planted at-least for 8 km you will only see palm trees. By riding camels there, you would feel like a prince of Persia or Omar Sherif from Lawrence of Arabia. You can book Your camel ride here.
The historic Royal necropolis tombs are Marrakech is one of its kind. The place is the shrine of Sultan Ahmed and the member’s close friends and family members. In short Saadi dynasty who ruled Morocco from the period between 1554-1659 buried there.
There is a fee to enter in the Saadian tombs about 10 Moroccan dirhams. About a dollar, and when you enter the monuments you will find a certain calmness would be amazed to see red-coloured walls with intense bright colours of Graves around you. Although there is nothing that much to see there but as it is located in the same area of Bahia palace so, it is worth to stop by and see the tombs.
Just around the North of the medina in Bab Debbagh, you would find these Tanneries. These tanneries are known by making leather goods from the skin (Mostly of Goat and sheep’s) of animals. Many people who worked there are locals, and we tell you beforehand that the smell of this place is awful. But the locals are used to it because they are working there for generations, so it is easy for them to work there. But if someone new visited there, he would probably have a hard time there.
We recommend to go there early in the morning and witness the process of making leather good from the top of the local shop.
Andre Heller built anima Garden. Most of you may not know him, but he is quite a famous personality in German countries. In 2006 He, with the help of his partner, made this park, and you will find his artwork throughout this park. You will also find several artworks of different artists like Rodin, Picasso, Keith Haring etc.
Spending time in a lush greenery garden in the shadow of Atlas Mountains is the best way to spend a day in Marrakech. Finally, If you wanted to go and experience the beauty of Atlas Mountains firsthand then you can book you Tour to Atlas Mountains From Marrakech with us.
The first thing you will see when you enter the Old Medina in Marrakech is Number of Leather Markets, and you may think that these may be some Cheap imported or fake leather goods because pure leather is tough to find. But it is not in the case of Marrakech. All the leather goods are genuine, original and of high quality made up in Tanneries. Morocco also aims to increase its Leather exports this year.
Now, if you want to do something new and exciting in Marrakech then find some excellent workshop and learn to make leather goods like Babouche (Name of traditional leather slippers)
By now you may feel the Marrakech is all about foods, garden and shops right! Wrong, the city offers much more like if you are a nature lover and wanted to have a great outdoor fun than climb north Africas Highest peak about 4100 meters above sea level. YES, we are talking about climbing Mount Toubkal.
We recommend to go to Imlil village and conquer this beast. You would feel that you have achieved something in your life.
Chez Ali is the most famous for its meals. Located around 15km west of Marrakech. Under a massive tent in the Marrakech Palm Grooves, you can enjoy your dream dinner and enjoy Chez Ali Fantasia is a popular evening show which you should not miss at all.
Chez Ali is a perfect place to explore the culture and civilization of Morocco. As we all know, Morocco is famous for their hospitality and their hospitality you should go, chez Ali. Now if we have to talk about food, then we challenge you to finish everything they offer. Some of the famous dishes are tagine, Moroccan Harira, Chicken tagine with a taste of lemon, several delicious pastries, fruits etc.
Tagine is something which is specifically related only to Morocco. When you visit Marrakech, it would be an excellent opportunity to learn this dish from locals. If you enrol yourself in cooking classes than they would take you to the market and teach you how you can cook this at home but if you do not want to enrol in courses than anyone could tell you how to make this famous cuisine. So, if you are a foody and love cooking, then this is the best thing to do in Marrakech.
If Marrakech heat is getting you and you want to visit some cool place than Lalla Takerkoust is the best place to spend a beautiful afternoon with friends and family. It is colder than Marrakech because it is a lake and it is a little outside of Marrakech about 40 minutes’ drive.
Ever since it has built in the 1930s, the place is popular among tourist and locals alike. All the electricity of Marrakech is coming from this place. The area around the lake is best for mountain climbing, horse riding or even for walking. There are also numerous beaches around where you can swim, relax and do sunbathing.
You can discover the lake by renting a small boat or Kayaks, and even you can do jet skis in it. You can visit this place and enjoy multiple things over this place so, definitely best it is the Best thing to do in Marrakech.
Speaking Arabic is one thing, but Writing is an entirely different thing. When you learned this skill of writing Arabic, then you would be amazed at how beautiful it will look. You may find this thing un-touristy but trust me; you can learn to write a couple of words in a single class. Just enrol yourself to Calligraphy class in Marrakech and write beautiful Arabic letters in a day.
The simple yet very best thing to do in Marrakech is to enjoy the early morning coffee outside your hotel or raid. You would be astonished to see that the calmness of the city. The city which is chaotic at night show utterly different face in the morning. No sounds of annoying Motorbikes, just little cafes and shops would be open at that time. We recommend to try this out early in the morning before sunrise.
Most of the time, this place is used to host events. It has located in the modern part of Marrakech known as Gueliz. The exterior of the Theater is made up of Roman furnishing truly an architectural gem. Popular cultural events, music and dance shows have organized there.
If you are tired of seeing and shopping traditional souks than shopping in Gueliz is the best thing to go and buy new products. You can find most of the famous European brands there like ZARA and Mango. So, if you have a friend or family members who love to buy expensive and branded products, then this is the place to be. You can even get high end local products like ceramics, Moroccan rugs and leather products there.
Now if you want to go out for the Beach, then you have to spare a day out for it because you have to step outside of Marrakech because the nearest beach is in Essaouira which is about 190km from Marrakech. You can enjoy kite flying, surfing, horse riding and other activities there. Essaouira itself is a city where you can enjoy and make your trip memorable.
This one is only for those who love cacti, pretty weird thing to do in Marrakech. The Name of the Farm is Cactus Thiemann and build over 17 acres. The farm is the biggest Cactus farm in Africa. In was created in the 1960s by the German immigrant Hans Thiemann. Hans passed away in 2001, and now his wife Fatima look after this farm with her two daughters.
Most of the Sports facilities in Marrakech are of a low standard, athletes and sports lovers often complain about this with morocco government. Luckily this year government take serious measures to tackle this issue. Royal tennis club is the oldest and largest tennis club in the region and has stadium court as well. The government recently revamped their nine courts to facilitate the athletes, which often comes to this place from all over the world. The club also hosts some significant events and if you are a real tennis lover than you should visit this place on your next trip to Marrakech.
The Mellah of Marrakech is the place were Jewish of Morocco lives. Yes, although there is a long history of conflict between Muslim’s and Jewish people in Marrakech, you would see another side of the story. They accept each other very gracefully, and Jewish lives there and the area has enclosed with Kasbah Walls. Now the Mellah is like the city surrounded within walls, and you can interact with Jewish people and see their culture and living there. There are different shops in the Mellah which are running by the Jewish People. you can go to them and buy the Jewellery, Ceramics, leather goods etc. or even you can interview them about how they live in those quarters, life as a minority, how people behave etc.
Riad is a Moroccan name for hotel or guest house, but it is not your typical hotel or guest room as riad always have an interior garden. If you want to enjoy the Moroccan culture first hand, then we recommend staying at least 1 day in a riad. The Riad can be found everywhere in Marrakech, particularly in Old medina. So, if you want calmness and relaxation and want to escape from the chaotic Marrakech lifestyle, then Stay a day or two in a Riad.
Madrasa Ben Youssef is a historic Islamic School of Marrakech. It is indeed a historical representation of Morocco’s art and design. Visit this place and see the beautiful Tiles and Marbles. There is only one entrance to the Madrasa, which leads to an open courtyard. As many old madrassas, this one is also partitioned on two levels and lower portion while the lower part is specific for prayers and at the upper part, there are many tiny rooms upstairs which were home to around 1000 students. If you are interested in Islamic History, art and culture then must visit this place the best thing to do in Marrakech.
This place is also known as Iron’s square and often overlooked by the tourists. When you visited Mellah which is already on this list, then do not forget to visit Place des Ferblantiers because it is located at the edge of Mellah. It is acting as a bridge between the Jewish quarter with Islamic zone. On that place, you will find the number of shops which operated round the clock. You would find many Local artisans offering some cool local stuff do visit this place.
Seeing Sunset in Agafay Desert is one of the best things to do in Marrakech. Mark our words it will get you a lot of Instagram likes.It is Considered of the best day trip from Marrakech. You may thing sunset seeing is beautiful at any place then Why Agafay? The View of Sunset in any Desert is very dramatic like the bright colour of sand often gloomed and turned into Golden and orange colour at sunset. Luckily there are several deserts around the Marrakech, but the nearest one is Agafay which is just 30 kilometres away from the city. Book your tour to Agafay Desert and see the beautiful dunes and hills at the time of sunset from your own eyes.
There are also lots of other amazing day trip spots from Marrakech which you should try out. We have penned down some Best Day Trips from Marrakech which you should not miss. So, do check it out and make your trip more memorable.
Recently opened café in Marrakech is gaining popularity day by day due to its fantastic food and spectacular environment. The restaurant offers a Western and Arabian foods, but the Café is famous for its storytelling sessions held every Thursday evening. Young lads come from all over the morocco and tell Classical local and Arabic Stories. Most of the stories are narrated in English so you would easily understand it otherwise apprentices would translate the story to you. If you love to listen to the story, then do not forget to visit this place on your next visit—definitely the most recommended thing to do in Marrakech.
Most of the tourist do not visit this place because of a lack of awareness. If you want to get an authentic Moroccan cultural feel than you should visit this place. The area has created for local artisans who mastered the traditional Moroccan skills pottery, woodwork, Geometric tile work etc. and to preserve the ancient Moroccan culture.
Visit Ateliers d’Ailleurs and learn with local artisans one-on-one. Most of them would not speak English, but you can hire a Translator and chat with them thoroughly.
Build by chorfa in the middle of the 16th century is a guest house or Riad which should the retains of the Chorfa family. Currently owned by Patrick Menac’h. There are numerous rooms in Musee de La, which are turned into permanent exhibition events. The best part is the open-end terrace of the Riad from which you could Cherish the beauty of Medina and Atlas Mountains simultaneously. The Riad is also very popular in hosting the musical event from almost all weekdays the Riad host number of classical music events.
We recommend to Visit Musee de La Mouassine and enjoy the music in beautiful surroundings with Coffee and Cakes.
We Know you probably ask that what another Garden in the list! But this one is for those who are looking to do something for free. So, this garden, unlike Jardin Majorelle, is free to visit. Yes, you heard it right they do not charge anything no admission fee no entrance fee for you or your family members. Menara Garden has orchids with lots of Olive trees and if you are a fan of flora than you should not miss this park because there are plenty of flora implanted there. Finally, the view of Atlas Mountains from Menara is breathtaking. I think we gave you enough reasons on why this is the best thing to do in Marrakech.
When you visit Marrakech for the first time, you may find the city a bit chaotic, especially when you are with your children you would think about their safety. In more old and famous Marrakech markets like old medina, there is a change of getting lost. So, this one is for those who want shopping in a quitter place. Unlike old medina, you could easily take pictures of the shopkeepers and then even allow you to take a selfie with them.
You may this why we add this to our list, but once you visit the central station of Marrakech, then you would get to know why we added this one in our list. It is one of the best things to see in Marrakech because the architecture of the Station is very beautiful. We are not saying to waste your whole precious day on Railway Station because we know that apart from Catching a train there is nothing much to do on Station but a little sneak into it would make your day and if you are bored then you can visit opera house and other attractions nearby.
Marrakech is a city of Gardens and Souks so the best thing to do in Marrakech to explore as many Souks and Gardens as you can. This Cyber Park is one of its kind because it represents heaven on earth and situated just beside Jema el Fna (Around 6-minute walk). The best part of this park is that is will not crowded as other Gardens. You can spend quality time with your kids and family. The entrance to this park is entirely free. So, wanted to take a break from Marrakech heat? Just come to Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park where thousands of green trees welcome you with their Huge Shadows.
This Garden is best for a picnic. Located just beside Casino de Marrakech. The garden has a spectacular view’s and known for its greenery and entertainment. Kids would love this place. We recommend to have lunch on Jardin el Harti and take your children to play area inside Jardin el Harti and let them play for a couple of hours. Do not forget to take beautiful pictures and post them to your social channels and you would get lots of likes.
Just a little outside of Marrakech you could find this place. Tin Mal Mosque is famous for its architecture and history. It is recently renovated by some French Architects so you would fine some European dominance on this mosque. The mosque is known by its astonishing views because the mosque is perched on the top of the river hill. So, if you are an art and culture lover, then you should visit this place.
Wanted the real, local cuisine in Morocco? If you’re going to get the authentic local Moroccan taste, then this one is the best place to be. This is also a non-profit centre which supports unemployed Moroccan women. They teach the cooking skills to women and make them able to earn money and support their family. If you want to learn local cuisine, then you can also learn from the Amal centre because they also conduct Cooking classes.
This one is another popular foundation run by disabled women. You can find their quality of embroideries, accessories and household linens. Very popular for hand snitched Moroccan style clothes for Men, woman and children. We recommend to go there and shop something from there and support disabled women.
Café Gaia is for those who love Vegetarian dishes. Most of the Indians Eat only vegetarian dishes so they can come here and can enjoy a delicious lunch. All of the recipes are pure vegetarian, and you will find numerous options there. All the recipes will be presented beautifully with manners. We recommend trying a carrot cake with Almond milk in the afternoon.
In our Opinion Probably the best thing to do in Marrakech is doing Quad biking. You can do quad biking at the palm grove or the Marrakech desert. Most of the companies offer Half Day Marrakech Quad bike experience where the whole half-day you can explore the Countryside. It is best for those who want some activity other than shopping or site seeing. Before going to Quad biking, keep in mind that children under the fourteen years of age can ride a bike but behind an Adult. Before riding a quad bike, you have to sign an agreement for damage and personal injury but do not worry about that agreement forum is just for safety.